Diana Layfield

Chair, British International Investment

Diana is our first female Chair in our 73 year history. She joined the company in January 2022, as we began a new five-year strategy period.

Throughout Diana’s outstanding international business career, she has developed significant experience working in emerging markets. She is currently Google President, EMEA Partnerships and a Non-executive Director at AstraZeneca. She was formerly the Chief Executive of Standard Chartered, Africa region. At AstraZeneca, Diana is a Member of the Science Committee and Emergency Vaccines Committee – this position perfectly complements our ongoing efforts to alleviate the fallout from the pandemic, which is still significantly impacting African economies.

In addition to her international business career, she has also worked as a medical relief pilot in war zones in Africa, working with the UN and Red Cross. She is also currently a Council Member at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.