Sir Chips Keswick - New chairman profile

Sir Chips Keswick
Sir Chips Keswick

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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