The Secretary of State has appointed Giles Adams as a Board Member of the British Library for a term of 4 years commencing 2 October 2023.

Giles Adams

Giles recently retired as a Partner at KPMG UK having worked on financial services regulation in the Enterprise Risk Advisory practice for the last 25 years. He advised a wide range of UK and international banks and investment firms on both prudential and non financial risk management issues, regulatory compliance and governance matters.  Before joining KPMG he worked for 12 years as a bank and markets regulator at the Bank of England.  

Giles read English, Politics and History of Art at the University of York followed by a Master’s degree in History of Art from the University of Sussex. 

Giles has been a Trustee of Historic Buildings and Places (one of the nine National Amenity Societies consulted on all Listed Building Consents) since 2018. 

Giles is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Remuneration and Governance Code

Board Members of the British Library are remunerated at £9,130 per annum.  This appointments has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.

The Governance Code requires that any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years is declared; this is defined as holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation or candidature for election. Giles Adams has not declared any significant political activity.

Published 26 October 2023