Banker and business historian

Professor Charles Munn

Professor Munn is a board member of the European Financial Planning Association and the Chartered Insurance Institute’s (CII) Professional Standards Board. He is a former lay member of the CII main board and its audit committee. He was, until recently, a public interest member of the Investigations and Professional Enforcement Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and an adviser on ethics to the then Lothian and Borders Police.

Originally a bank clerk he then followed an academic career where, for ten years he taught business history in the University of Glasgow.  In 1988 he became Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland where he remained for 19 years. During that time he served a term as President of the European Bank Training Network and co-wrote the Institute’s book on Ethics, Integrity and Reputation. He was also a Director of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Chairman of the Customer Contact Association. He was recently chairman of the Church of Scotland’s Special Commission on the Purposes of Economic Activity. He is currently a member of the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council.

He is the author of several books on the development of financial institutions and has just completed a biography of Henry Duncan, founder of the savings bank movement. He is an honorary professor in the Universities of Dundee and Stirling.  He received the OBE in 2005 for services to banking.