Dame Nicola Brewer

Non-Executive Director

Nicola has rich and diverse experience, having completed various international and home postings during her 30-year career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), including as Director-General, Europe during the UK’s last Presidency of the European Union in 2005. In 2006, she was appointed as the first Chief Executive of the newly-established Equality and Human Rights Commission, standing down in 2009 to become British High Commissioner to South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. 

Nicola holds non-executive roles on the boards of Iberdrola SA, and Aggreko plc where she is also Chair of the Ethics & Corporate Responsibility committee. She is a trustee of Sentebale, a charity founded by the Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho which supports the mental health and wellbeing of young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana. She is also a member and co-chair of the UK group of the international think tank, the Trilateral Commission.

From 2014 to 2020, Nicola was Vice Provost (International) of University College London and remains closely associated with the university. She was appointed a Dame Commander in the 2011 Birthday Honours.