Mike Wilson, CBE
Mike’s career in financial services began in 1963 when, at the age of 20, he joined Equity & Law as a clerk. A three-year spell at Abbey Life followed before he joined Allied Dunbar in 1971 (then known as Hambro Life), becoming Sales Director in 1976 and Group Chief Executive in 1988. In 1989 Mike was appointed to the main Board of BAT Industries who had acquired Allied Dunbar in 1985. Mike resigned from the Boards of Allied Dunbar and BAT at the end of 1990 following the announcement that he wished to start his own financial services company.
On 1 August 1991, the formation of J. Rothschild Assurance was announced and the Company was launched in January 1992 with Mike as Chief Executive. In June 1997, he was appointed to the Board of the parent company of J. Rothschild Assurance, St. James’s Place Capital as Chief Executive. In September 2004, he was appointed Chairman of St. James’s Place Capital a role which he held until the end of 2011.
In January 2012 Mike became Joint Founder and Life President of St. James’s Place as well as Principal Advisor to the St. James’s Place Academy and Chairman of the St. James’s Place Foundation.
Mike was a Trustee of the Mental Health Foundation for many years and his term as Chairman came to an end in September 2000. Between June 1993 and May 1998, Mike was a Non-Executive Director of Vendôme Luxury Group plc. In 2010, Mike became a director of the newly formed charity Insight – Research into Mental Health, which later became MQ - Transforming Mental Health. His interests include tennis and racing.