J. Martin Taylor

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(millionaire, businessman, banker)
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Member ofBilderberg/Steering committee
Interestspublic-private partnerships
UK Millionaire banker and businessman. Former Bilderberg steering committee

J. Martin Taylor is a multi-millionaire UK businessman and former member of the Bilderberg/Steering committee. He is former chief executive of Barclays Bank and former external member of the Bank of England's Financial Policy Committee.


Taylor was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, where he earned a degree in Oriental languages.

He joined Reuters as a journalist in 1974, before moving to the Financial Times in 1978, where he edited the paper's "Lex" column.

In 1984, he joined the board of Courtaulds, becoming chief executive of Courtaulds Textiles by 1990. He became chief executive of Barclays four years later, in 1994, remaining there until 1998. He joined the board at retail chain W H Smith in 1999, eventually becoming chief executive before departing in 2003.[1]

He was a member of the UK Parliament select Committee for Science and Technology for five years. He also joined the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and compiled their 2001 Commission on Public/Private Partnerships report, where he insisted there should be 'no ideological barriers to private sector involvement in "core" public services such as clinical and intermediate health care, the management of education and local government services.'[2]

Taylor is vice-chairman of the board of RTL Group[3], and was formerly chairman of the agrochemical company Syngenta AG and of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. He was an international adviser to Goldman Sachs until 2005.

He was appointed to the Bank of England Financial Policy Committee in March 2013, but retired in 2020.


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/199322 April 199325 April 1993Greece
Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel
Bilderberg/19942 June 19945 June 1994Finland
Bilderberg/19958 June 199511 June 1995Greece
Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel
Bilderberg/199630 May 19962 June 1996Canada
Bilderberg/199712 June 199715 June 1997US
Lake Lanier
Georgia (State)
The 45th Bilderberg meeting
Bilderberg/199814 May 199817 May 1998Scotland
Bilderberg/19993 June 19996 June 1999Portugal
Bilderberg/200124 May 200127 May 2001Sweden
Bilderberg/200315 May 200318 May 2003France
Bilderberg/20043 June 20046 June 2004Italy
Bilderberg/20055 May 20058 May 2005Germany
Bilderberg/20085 June 20088 June 2008US
Bilderberg/200914 May 200917 May 2009Greece
Bilderberg/20103 June 20106 June 2010Spain
Hotel Dolce Sitges
Bilderberg/20119 June 201112 June 2011Switzerland
Hotel Suvretta
St. Moritz
Bilderberg/20136 June 20139 June 2013Watford
The 2013 Bilderberg group meeting.