Embargoed until 00.01 Wednesday 21 June 2000
Sir Christopher Benson, whose business career has included
the Chairmanship of the London Dockland Development Corporation, and Chairman
of some of the UK's leading pharmaceutical, insurance and construction companies,
has been elected as President of London Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
He is currently Principal of the Inns of Court School
of Law, Chairman of Legacy plc, Symphony Plastic Technology plc, Bradford
Particle Design, mi2g software, the Partnership Board of GVA Grimley,
a member of the Advisory Board of Hawkpoint Partners and a Board member of
the London Chamber.
Sir Christopher, who was Chairman of the LDDC from 1984-88
and knighted in 1988 for public service, has had a long and varied business
career. He was Managing Director of MEPC plc, the then-largest UK based internationally-operating
property development company between 1976-88, and Chairman of MEPC from 1988
Other senior positions he has held have included chairmanships
of The Boots Company plc (1990-94); Sun Alliance and London Insurance Group
and Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance (1996-98), Albright & Wilson (1995-98)
and Costain plc (1993-96).
Commenting on his election, Sir Christopher said: "Being
elected as the London Chamber's President is a great honour. It is a very
exciting time with London's economy thriving and the new London government
structures in place. I am looking forward to representing the membership of
the Chamber in its dealings with Government, the new Mayor and the Greater
Sir Christopher succeeds Colin Parsons, former Group Chairman
of Taylor Woodrow, as President of the London.