Paul Deighton London
Paul is a member of Hakluyt Capital’s investment committee. He has been chairman of Hakluyt since 2016, and is the non-executive chairman of Heathrow Airport and chairman of The Economist Group as well. He also serves on the board of Square Inc, a San Francisco-based payments processing company.
Earlier in his career, Paul spent 27 years in banking, 22 of them at Goldman Sachs. In 2005, he left Goldman Sachs to become the CEO of LOCOG, the organisation responsible for the London 2012 Olympic Games. In this role, he was responsible for building the organisation, formulating the plan, raising the money, and delivering the Games – collaborating with a vast array of partners from both the public and private sectors, as well as from the international sporting world.
After the success of the Games, Paul was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen and asked by Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to join the UK Government as a minister in the Treasury as a member of the House of Lords. In this role, he oversaw the development of the country’s infrastructure, and was responsible for attracting foreign investment into the UK. He also led the UK’s Banking Reform Bill through the legislative process in parliament.