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Stewart James

Managing Director, Group Government Affairs, HSBC

Before joining HSBC in January 2016, Stewart worked in the public sector for over 20 years. He held a number of posts for HM Treasury (HMT), developing a specialism in European affairs. During this period he had two spells in Brussels at the European Commission and in the UK's Permanent Representation to the EU, focussing on financial regulation. Building on these experiences he returned to HMT to head European Strategy, where he worked on the renegotiation of the Lisbon Treaty, and was responsible for HMT's 2005 UK Presidency of the EU. Subsequently, Stewart established and led a Financial Services Strategy Team focussed on developments in global finance. In 2008, he relocated to Washington DC, representing the UK Government on the board of the World Bank Group as Alternate Executive Director. This was followed by a spell at the Bank of England where he acted as Governor Mark Carney’s Financial Stability Board (FSB) Sherpa, establishing a team to support the Governor in his role as FSB Chair. Stewart held this position until joining HSBC’s Group Public Affairs team in 2016.