Sharon Bowles, former chairman of the European Parliament’s influential Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) has joined London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) as a non-executive director.

The former UK Liberal Democrat MEP, who stepped down this year after two terms, was appointed chair of ECON in 2009, having been a member of it since 2005.

Chris Gibson-Smith, chairman of LSEG, said he warmly welcomed the former politician.

“Sharon brings extensive knowledge of European political and regulatory trends impacting our business.  Her experience and insight will be of great value to the Group, as we operate in an increasingly complex and evolving regulatory environment,” he said.

Bowles is a patent attorney and prior to entering the European Parliament spent over 20 years as partner at Bowles Horton.

In her time on ECON, she scrutinised the appointments of Gabriel Bernardino as chairman of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and was instrumental in pushing for conditions being attached to the funding for the International Financial Reporting Standards council.