Advisor to the Group Chief Executive
After obtaining a first class degree and doctorate in social history at Oxford University in the 1980s, Nick Fishwick joined the British Foreign Office where he served for 29 years. He served in Lagos (Nigeria), Istanbul (Turkey) and Kabul (Afghanistan) before retiring from UK public service as a Director General in 2012. He is a national security specialist, with deep experience of security, intelligence, counter-terrorism and global and regional stability issues. Nick also spent three years in the UK’s then premier law enforcement organisation, HM Customs and Excise, focusing on international drug trafficking, money laundering and tax fraud.
He was awarded a CMG by Queen Elizabeth II in 2009 for services to UK national security.
Since retiring he has been an adviser to HSBC on financial crime matters and is a frequent visitor to Argentina and Mexico where he is a non-executive director on the HSBC boards.
He is also a contributing adviser to the US national security forum The Cipher Brief and lectures at Kings College London.
He is a non-executive director of Cambridge Quantum Computing.
He lives near London with his family.