Our Board

LESLIE VAN DE WALLE
LESLIE VAN DE WALLE
Non-Executive Chairman

Leslie Van de Walle became a Non-Executive Director in 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 DCC plc. 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, Aviva plc and Cape plc. He formerly held a number of senior management positions with Cadbury Schweppes plc and United Biscuits Limited.

DOUG ROBERTSON
DOUG ROBERTSON
Finance Director

Doug Robertson 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. He is a Non-Executive Director of HSS Hire Group plc.

JANET ASHDOWN
JANET ASHDOWN
Non-Executive Director

Janet Ashdown became a Non-Executive Director in July 2011. She is a Non-Executive Director of Coventry Building Society, the Nuclear Decommissing Authority and Marshalls plc. Janet is also Chair of the charity ‘Hope in Tottenham’. 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. Janet previously worked for BP p.l.c. for 30 years where her last role was as Head of BP's Retail and Commercial Fuels business in the UK. Janet holds a degree in Energy Management.

MEL EWELL
MEL EWELL
Non-Executive Director

Mel Ewell became a Non-Executive Director on 1 August 2011. Up until the end of March 2016, Mel was 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.

STUART MITCHELL
STUART MITCHELL
Chief Executive

Stuart Mitchell joined SIG on 1 December 2012 as Chief Executive Designate, was appointed a 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).

CHRIS GEOGHEGAN
CHRIS GEOGHEGAN
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Chris Geoghegan became a Non-Executive Director in July 2009. He is the Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. Chris is a Non-Executive Director of Rentokil Initial 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 past President of the Society of British Aerospace companies. Chris was formerly a Non-Executive Director of Lakehouse plc.

JONATHAN NICHOLLS
JONATHAN NICHOLLS
Non-Executive Director

Jonathan Nicholls became a Non-Executive Director in November 2009 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is a Non-Executive Director of DS Smith Plc and Ibstock plc. Previously and most recently, Jonathan was a Non-Executive Director of Great Portland Estates plc. Jonathan was previously Group Financial Director of Old Mutual plc and prior to that he was Group Finance Director of Hanson plc.

ANDREA ABT
ANDREA ABT
Non-Executive Director

Andrea Abt became a Non-Executive Director on 12 March 2015. She is a Non-Executive Director of Brammer plc and is a member of the supervisory board of Gerresheimer AG. Andrea was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Petrofac Limited on 19 May 2016. Andrea was Head of Supply Chain Management and Chief Procurement Officer of the Siemens sector for Infrastructure & Cities from 2011 to 2014. Since joining Siemens in 1997, she held numerous positions of Finance, Productivity and Supply Chain Management in Germany and internationally. Andrea started her career in industry in the Daimler Benz Group where she was responsible for different teams in aircraft and postal automation service sales.

Committees

Audit
Mr. J. C. Nicholls – Chairman
Ms. J. E. Ashdown
Mr. M. Ewell
Mr. C. V. Geoghegan
Ms. A. Abt
Remuneration
Mr. C. V. Geoghegan – Chairman
Ms. J. E. Ashdown
Mr. M. Ewell
Mr. J. C. Nicholls
Ms. A. Abt
Nominations
Mr. L. Van de Walle – Chairman
Ms. J. E. Ashdown
Mr. M. Ewell
Mr. C. V. Geoghegan
Mr. S. R. Mitchell
Mr. J. C. Nicholls
Ms. A. Abt