Board of Directors
Leslie Van de Walle HEC
Leslie Van de Walle (age 56) became a Non-Executive Director on 1 October 2010 and became Non-Executive Chairman on 1 February 2011. He is also Chairman of the Nominations Committee. He is Non-Executive Chairman of Robert Walters plc and a Non-Executive Director of Cape plc, DCC plc and La Seda de Barcelona S.A. Formerly Chief Executive Officer of Rexam plc, Executive Vice President of Global Retail, a division of Royal Dutch Shell plc and a Non-Executive Director of Aegis Group plc and Aviva plc. Formerly held a number of senior management positions with Cadbury Schweppes plc and United Biscuits Limited.
Stuart Mitchell BSc
Stuart Mitchell (age 52) joined SIG on 1 December 2012 as Chief Executive Designate, was appointed as Director of the Company on 10 December 2012 and became Chief Executive on 1 March 2013. Most recently he was Chief Executive of Wilkinsons Hardware Stores from 2006 to 2012. He was previously Managing Director of the Taiwan arm of the Asian retail giant AS Watson. He joined Sainsbury plc as a graduate trainee in 1984 rising up the ranks to become Managing Director of Sainsbury’s Supermarkets in 2003. He is a Non-Executive Director of Enactus UK (formerly SIFE - Students in Free Enterprise UK).
Doug Robertson BA, FCA
Doug Robertson (age 59) joined the Group in November 2011 and was appointed Finance Director on 1 December 2011. He was previously Finance Director of Umeco plc from 2007 until 2011 and Finance Director of Seton House Group Limited from 2002 until 2007. From 1994 to 2000 he held a variety of Divisional Finance Director roles within Williams plc and, in 2000, became Managing Director of Tesa Group, Chubb’s hotel security division.
Chris Geoghegan BA Hons, FRAES
Chris Geoghegan (age 58) became a Non-Executive Director on 1 July 2009. He is the Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. He is currently Non-Executive Director of Volex plc and Kier Group plc. Prior to his retirement he was Chief Operating Officer of BAE Systems plc with responsibility for all European joint ventures and UK defence electronics assets. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a past President of the Society of British Aerospace companies.
Jonathan Nicholls BA, ACA, FCT
Jonathan Nicholls (age 55) became a Non-Executive Director on 6 November 2009 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is a Non-Executive Director of DS Smith plc and Great Portland Estates Plc. Most recently he was Group Financial Director of Old Mutual Plc and prior to that he was Group Finance Director of Hanson Plc.
Janet Ashdown BSc (HONS)
Janet Ashdown (age 53) became a Non-Executive Director on 11 July 2011. She was until the end of 2012 Chief Executive Officer of Harvest Energy Limited and Blue Ocean Oil Trading Limited, the UK's largest independent road fuels marketing and import business. She previously worked for BP p.l.c. for 29 years from 1980 to 2009, serving in a variety of posts in the UK, continental Europe and the USA ranging from manufacturing to supply & trading to retail marketing. Her last role in BP was as Head of BP's Fuels Marketing & Distribution business in the UK. Janet holds a degree in Energy Management.
Mel Ewell, BSc (HONS)
Mel Ewell (aged 54) became a Non-Executive Director on1st August 2011. He is currently Chief Executive and an Executive Director of Amey Plc, one of the UK's leading infrastructure services providers. He previously held a number of senior management positions for TNT International, Xerox and ADI Group.