Following the news of Sir Chips Keswick's appointment as Arsenal chairman, we examine the histories of both him and his predecessor, Peter Hill-Wood.

Name: Sir Chippendale (Chips) Keswick

Born: February 2, 1940

Appointed Arsenal director in November 2005.

Joined Hambros Bank Limited in 1968, where he served as chairman between 1986 and 1998.

Former Directorships:
Anglo American PLC (1995 – 2001)
Bank of England (1993 – 2001)
The Edinburgh Investment Trust plc (1992 – 2001)
IMI PLC (1994 – 2003)
Investec Bank plc (2000 – 2010)
Investec PLC (2002 – 2010)
Persimmon PLC (1984 – 2006)
E Oppenheimer & Sons (1993 – 2013)


Name: Peter Hill-Wood

Born: February 25, 1936

Arsenal board member since 1962, the same year as his father, Denis Hill-Wood, became chairman.

Grandfather Sir Samuel Hill-Wood was also Arsenal chairman between 1927 and 1936, and a second spell between 1946 and 1948.

Mr Hill-Wood became chairman of Arsenal Football Club following the death of his predecessor and father Denis Hill-Wood in May 1982.

Former vice-chairman of Hambros Bank.

Mr Hill-Wood was the third generation of the Hill-Wood family to serve as chairman of Arsenal Football Club. The family originally came from Glossop, Derbyshire, with Mr Hill-Wood's father, three uncles and grandfather all playing first-class cricket for Derbyshire CCC.

Before becoming involved with Arsenal, the Hill-Wood family also had close associations with Glossop North End FC. The Derbyshire town Glossop still remains by far the smallest town to have hosted a top flight English club (in 1899/1900).


Previous chairmen of Arsenal Football Club

George Leavey

Sir Henry Norris

Sir Samuel Hill-Wood

5th Earl of Lonsdale

8th Earl of Granard

Sir Samuel Hill-Wood

Sir Bracewell Smith

1961-May 1982
Denis Hill- Wood (father of Peter Hill-Wood)

May 1982-June 2013
Peter Hill-Wood

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14 Jun 2013