BHP Billiton has appointed a former government minister and one of the architects of the 2008 banking bailout to its board.
Baroness Shriti Vadera will join the miner as a non-executive director from 1 January.
Vadera held a variety of roles in government, as minister for Africa, economic competitiveness, and enterprise.
She left government in 2009 to advise the G20. Prior to her career in politics she spent 14 years working as an investment banker at UBS Warburg, specialising in emerging markets.