Robert Semple CBE

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I am an experienced chairperson with a decade of experience at Board level, setting strategic objectives and with a good track record of driving change. I have worked successfully with executive teams and diverse stakeholders on medium to large-scale projects.

For the past 30 years, I have combined running a property business alongside a career in the Conservative Party, from which I retired in 2018.

Until then, I was Chairman of the National Conservative Convention and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party Board, working closely with two Prime Ministers along with their respective teams at No10. I oversaw a programme of modernisation including the centralisation of membership and the reforming of local and regional infrastructure, together with other significant organisational changes.

My period on the Conservative Party Board covered the 2015 and 2017 General Elections, the Scottish & European referendums, the Coalition and majority Conservative Governments and the change of Party Leader. In 2014, I chaired the Party Conference in the run up to the General Election and was awarded a CBE in 2020 following on from my OBE five years earlier.

I started my property business in the South East following a career in accountancy, subsequently moving to Yorkshire in the late 90’s where I now invest and advise on property related matters in the City of York and its surrounding areas. I retain property interests in Surrey.

Since 2018, I have taken on a number of non-executive roles and remain interested in new challenges to which I can bring my experience:

  • Effective board leadership and governance
  • Experience of the challenges faced by organisations operating within strict regulatory requirements
  • Cultivating relationships and facilitating consensus among diverse stakeholders
  • Supporting, challenging assumptions and evaluating performance of the executive
  • Setting strategic objectives
  • Discretion, impartiality and complete confidentiality