John Plender is a non-executive Director of OMFIF and a columnist at the Financial Times, where he has been a contributor since 1981. He was Chairman of OMFIF from 2014, stepping down on 31 December 2017, and become a Member of the Board in 2012. He was a non-executive Director of UK real estate company Quintain for eight years from 2002 and chaired the company from 2007 to 2009. After completing his degree at Oxford University, he joined Deloitte and qualified as a chartered accountant.
Plender is a former Financial Editor of The Economist, which he joined in 1974, and became a member of the British Foreign Office Policy Planning staff in 1980. He is a former Member of the London Stock Exchange’s Quality of Markets Advisory Committee, and a former Chairman of Pensions and Investment Research Consultants, a leading corporate governance consultancy. He served on the UK Company Law Review steering group.
Plender's books include That’s The Way The Money Goes, The Square Mile, A Stake In The Future, Going Off The Rails – Global Capital And The Crisis Of Legitimacy, and Capitalism: Money, Morals and Markets.