Colin Sharman, Baron Sharman

Colin Morven Sharman, Baron Sharman OBE (born 19 February 1943), was the British chairman of Aviva Group and former chairman of KPMG International.

The Lord Sharman

Member of the House of Lords
In office
2 August 1999  30 April 2015
MonarchElizabeth II
Personal details
Colin Morven Sharman

(1943-02-19) 19 February 1943 (age 78)
Political partyLiberal Democrat
Spouse(s)Angela Timmons
Alma materBishop Wordsworth's School

He was educated at Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1965. He joined Peat Marwick Mitchell the following year, and rose through the years to become chairman of the renamed KPMG in 1997.

Sharman was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1980 Birthday Honours, for services to the British community in the Netherlands.[1]

He married his partner Angela Timmons and had two children, Sarah and Richard. Sarah had two children with her husband Peter Berridge named, Emily, Charlie and Oscar.[citation needed]

On 2 August 1999 he was created a Life Peer as Baron Sharman, of Redlynch in the County of Wiltshire[2] and entered the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat peer. He retired from the House of Lords on 30 April 2015.[3]

Lord Sharman was a member of the ABN AMRO Supervisory Board from 2003 until 2007. He was chairman of Aviva Group from January 2006 to June 2012,[4] was a non-executive director at Reed Elsevier until April 2011,[5] and on the board of BG Group and Group 4 Securicor. Other previous board appointments include chairman of Aegis Group plc; deputy chairman of G4S plc; Young & Co's Brewery plc and AEA Technology plc.[6] He attended the 2014 Moroccan British Business Conference, held in London, alongside Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf.[7]


  1. "No. 48212". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 1980. p. 18.
  2. "No. 55574". The London Gazette. 6 August 1999. p. 8518.
  3. "Retired members of the House of Lords". UK Parliament. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  4. "Lord Sharman retires from the board" (Press release). Aviva PLC. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  5. "Retirement of Lord Sharman and appointment of Adrian Hennah" (Press release). RELX Group. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  6. Kilkelly, Colin. "Moroccan British Business Conference in London on October 22". Morocco World News. Retrieved 2014-10-31.