Briance recently stepped down as the Chief Executive of Edmond de Rothschild Ltd. He was formerly Chief Executive and then Deputy Chairman of corporate finance advisory firm, Hawkpoint, and was previously Chief Executive of West Merchant Bank, Global Head of Fixed Income at UBS and a Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston. He has also served on the board of Mint Hotels and Oxford Analytica.

Briance has a wealth of experience in the charitable sector, having served as a trustee to the think tank Policy Exchange; as Chairman of Trinity Hospice, the UK’s oldest hospice; and on the board of trustees at the London Children’s Ballet.

The Legatum Institute became a charitable organisation in November 2014 with the aim of spreading prosperity by revitalising capitalism and democracy around the world. The think tank is best known for its annual Legatum Prosperity Index™, which compares the prosperity of 142 countries around the world using eight indicators including economic growth as well as a number of social and well-being factors.

The Institute has recently made a number of significant hires including Tim Montgomerie, a columnist at The Times, who is leading the ‘Vision of Capitalism’ programme. Other senior members of the team include Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute’s ‘Transitions Forum’ programme, Pulitzer Prize-winner and Washington Post columnist; journalist, writer and author Cristina Odone; and the historian and author, Hywel Williams.

Alan McCormick, Chairman of the Legatum Institute Foundation, said:

“We are thrilled to welcome someone of Richard’s experience and calibre to the Board of Trustees of the Legatum Institute. He has had a stellar career leading top financial services businesses in Europe and working with some of Britain’s top charities. His combination of proven leadership, business acumen and service to the community make him uniquely qualified to help the Legatum Institute remain a leading voice for liberty, responsibility, entrepreneurship and prosperity for Britain and the world.”

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About the Legatum Institute

The Legatum Institute is an international think tank and educational charity focused on promoting prosperity. We do this by researching our core themes of revitalising capitalism and democracy. The Legatum Prosperity Index™, our signature publication, ranks 142 countries in terms of wealth and wellbeing.