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Paul Roy

Paul Roy, Chairman
Paul Roy 

Non Executive Chairman

Paul Roy has over 40 years’ experience in the banking, brokerage and asset management industries. In 2003, he co-founded NewSmith Capital Partners LLP, an independent investment management company which was acquired by Man Group in 2015. Prior to founding NewSmith, he was Co-President of the Global Markets and Investment Banking division at Merrill Lynch & Co and had responsibility for worldwide Investment Banking, Debt and Equity Markets. Paul joined Merrill Lynch in 1995 when it acquired Smith New Court Plc a leading market making and brokerage firm on the London Stock Exchange where he was Chief Executive Officer.  He joined Smith New Court in 1988, having previously been a Senior Partner in the leading stock broking firm Citicorp Scrimgeour Vickers.

Paul has been a Non-Executive Director of Benfield Group Plc and Cenkos Securities Plc from 2005 to 2010. Between 2007 and 2013, Paul served as Chairman of the British Horseracing Authority responsible for governance and regulation of the sport and is now Chairman of Retraining of Racehorses, racing’s main equine charity. In 2015, he became Chairman of Sky Bet after CVC acquired a majority stake in the company from SKY PLC.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics (honours) and a Doctor of Laws from the University of Liverpool.


Paul chairs the Nomination Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.