Gillian Karran-Cumberlege

Member of the Chapter Zero Board, Gillian Karran-Cumberlege leads Fidelio Partners Board Practice. Through Evaluation, Search and Development, Gillian supports Chairs and CEOs on Board effectiveness and Board composition in the UK and internationally and with a focus on driving value for shareholders and stakeholders.

Gillian sits on the German British Forum Advisory Board and has previously served as Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of Jaguar Land Rover India and on the Harvard Business School Alumni Board.

Prior executive roles include Global Head of Investor Relations / Capital Market Communications for Volkswagen AG sitting on the Group Governance and Marketing Committees – the most senior female executive globally. Gillian also served as Global Head of Group Investor Relations for UBS. She started her career in Banking Supervision with the Bank of England.​ Gillian has an MA in History from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and attended the Harvard General Management Programme.

Gillian’s Board and Executive experience in the automotive sector and her role advising Chairs across a broad range of industries, including Financial Services, Mining, Transportation, Retail and Technology brings a strong focus on the disruptive power and opportunities presented by climate change and the need for Boards to increase and develop their understanding.


“Climate change is the emergent Board risk and we see it rising very rapidly up the Board Agenda. Through my work on Board Evaluations and Board composition, I can clearly see the importance of climate change competence for Directors. Understanding the transformation that climate change presents is key for the Boards of today and tomorrow and I am delighted to support this as a Steering Committee member for Chapter Zero.”

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Leads Fidelio Partners Board Practice