John Sievwright has served as a Director of Burford since May 2020 and serves on its Audit and Compensation Committees.
Mr. Sievwright is the former Chief Operating Officer - International of Merrill Lynch. Mr. Sievwright had a 20-year career with Merrill Lynch with a range of global leadership positions, including Chief Operating Officer - Global Markets and Investment Banking; President and Chief Operating Officer, Merrill Lynch Japan; and Head of Global Financial Futures and Options (during which time he also served as the President of the Futures Industry Association). Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mr. Sievwright held finance and accounting functions at Bankers Trust and Bank of Tokyo International. He began his career as an auditor at Ernst & Young and qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Mr. Sievwright currently serves as a trustee and Chairman of the Audit Committee for a number of Aberdeen Standard Investments closed end funds, and has previously served as the senior independent director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee at ICAP plc (which became NEX Group before being acquired by the CME) and the senior independent director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of FirstGroup plc. He has an MA in Accountancy and Economics from the University of Aberdeen.