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Sir Michael Snyder

Senior Independent Director

Michael has been a Non-Executive Director at Metro Bank since 2015 and served as Chairman between October 2019 to November 2020. During his tenure as Chairman the bank has appointed a new CEO, strengthened its board, brought in greater gender balance to the board and refreshed its executive committee. He has also been accountable for setting a new five year strategy and helping the bank to navigate Covid-19. 

Michael serves as Non-Executive Director of Mason Pearson Bros. Limited (“Mason Pearson”) a UK based manufacturer and retailer of hairbrushes and Sumner Group Holdings Limited a Jersey based company focusing mining, healthcare, security & non-weaponised defence with a particular emphasis on government procurement services.

He was previously Managing Partner and a Senior Partner of Kingston Smith, a top 20 UK accountancy firm between 1979 and 2016.

Michael is a well-known supporter of small and medium-sized businesses; having advised the government over many years, including chairing the National Business Angels Network, and as a member of the Small Business Council and Small Business Investment Taskforce. He has also chaired GLE Loan Finance Ltd, was Co-Chairman of the government’s Professional and Business Services Council, and chaired the Association of Practising Accountants.

Michael is an elected Member of the City of London Corporation and has represented the Ward of Cordwainer since 1986. He chaired several Committees before taking the leadership of the City Corporation as Policy and Resources Chairman between 2003 and 2008. He was knighted in 2008 for his services for business and for the City of London.