Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles is the Group Head of Public Affairs at HSBC Holdings. He is also Chairman of HSBC Bank Oman SAOG, and a Director of HSBC Bank Egypt SAE.

Before HSBC Sherard worked for two and a half years as Business Development Director, International, at BAE Systems plc. He was also Principal Private Secretary to the UK Foreign Secretary, the late Robin Cook, and was Head of the Foreign Office Hong Kong Department from 1994 up to the handover to China in 1997. His final diplomatic jobs were as Ambassador to Israel (2001–2003), Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2003–2007), Ambassador to Afghanistan (2007-2009), and the UK Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2009–2010).

Sherard is a member of the Egyptian British Business Council. He is also President of the Algeria British Business Council and Chairman of the Omani-British Business Council.