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Mike Ashley and Seema Jamil-O'Neill

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL127, tabled on 11 May 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government for which years did (1) UK Endorsement Board member Mike Ashley act as the KPMG audit partner of HSBC Holdings plc, and (2) UK Endorsement Board Executive Director Seema Jamil O’Neil act as the Senior Manager for the KPMG audit of HSBC Holdings plc.

Answered on

20 May 2022

Information from the UK Endorsement Board website explains that Mike Ashley retired as the Partner and the Head of Quality and Risk Management of KPMG Europe LLP in September 2013, having spent about 35 years with the firm and its predecessor firm, Peat Marwick. The Government does not hold information relating to the specifics of Mr Ashley’s role at KPMG.

The UK Endorsement Board operates independently from the Government. BEIS is therefore unable to provide information relating to members of staff, including information on job history, supporting its work.