Simon Keswick

Simon Lindley Keswick FRSA (born 20 May 1942)[2] is a Scottish businessman and the younger brother of Sir Chips Keswick and Sir Henry Keswick.

Simon Keswick
Born
Simon Lindley Keswick

(1942-05-20) 20 May 1942 (age 79)
NationalityBritish
EducationEton College
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
OccupationDirector of Matheson & Co., Fleming Mercantile Investment Trust, Hanson plc, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Spouse(s)Emma Chetwode
Children4
RelativesSir Chips Keswick (brother) and Sir Henry Keswick (brother)

Early life and educationEdit

Part of the Keswick family business dynasty, he is the son of Sir William Keswick and Mary Lindley, and the grandson of Henry Keswick. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2]

CareerEdit

He is a director of Matheson & Co. (owned by Jardine Matheson Holdings), Fleming Mercantile Investment Trust, Hanson plc, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc. and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. He was previously Chairman of the Kwik Save Group plc.[2]

A Cheltenham Town supporter, he was a director on the club's board until resigning in January 2009.[3]

Political activityEdit

Keswick donated £100,000 to the Conservative Party during the 2019 United Kingdom general election.[4] He also donated £2,000 to the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1971, he married Emma Chetwode, daughter of Major George David Chetwode and Lady Willa Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound. They have two sons and two daughters.[2] His son Benjamin William Keswick is the Chairman of Board of Directors and Managing Director at Dairy Farm Group. Dairy Farm has come under public criticism[6] from animal welfare NGOs such as Equitas Global, for continuing to sell eggs from caged hens that were found to be living in unsanitary conditions following an undercover investigation.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pollara, Priscilla (26 May 2011). "Daddy's worth £1.7 billion". Evening Standard. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Europa Publications (2003). The International Who's Who 2004. Psychology Press. pp. 876–. ISBN 978-1-85743-217-6.
  3. ^ "Director Keswick quits Robins". Gloucester Citizen. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  4. ^ "View donation". The Electoral Commission. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Dominic Raab MP, Esher & Walton". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  6. ^ "International consumer protection organisation files complaint against local farm for producing caged eggs". The Online Citizen Asia. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-02-12.
  7. ^ "Dairy Farm: Food safety risks and animal cruelty". Dairy Farm International: Filth and Cruelty. Retrieved 2021-02-12.
Business positions
Preceded by
D. K. Newbigging
Chairman of the Jardine, Matheson & Co.
1986–1988
Succeeded by
Brian Powers