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, and also Chair of the Advisory Board of Weener Plastic Packaging Group. He formerly held a number of senior management positions with Cadbury Schweppes plc and United Biscuits Limited.

MEINIE OLDERSMA
MEINIE OLDERSMA
Group Chief Executive

Meinie Oldersma was appointed Group Chief Executive on 3 April 2017. He was previously Chief Executive of Brammer Limited, a leading specialist distributor of industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul products. Prior to that, Meinie was CEO at 20:20 Mobile Group and President of Ingram Micro China Group. Meinie was also previously a Non-Executive Director of Bunzl Plc. Meinie is Non-Executive Chairman of Kondor Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of Smallsteps BV.

JANET ASHDOWN
JANET ASHDOWN
Non-Executive Director

Janet Ashdown became a Non-Executive Director in July 2011. She is a Non-Executive Director of 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.

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 and Chair of the Remuneration Committee 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.

NICK MADDOCK
NICK MADDOCK
Chief Financial Officer

Nick Maddock was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 1 February 2017. He was previously Chief Financial Officer of McCarthy & Stone plc. Prior to this, Nick worked as Finance Director for Centrica’s upstream oil and gas business, Financial Controller at British Gas and a Director in Mergers and Acquisitions at ING Barings. Nick trained as a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor at Ernst & Young.

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 Petrofac Limited and is a member of the supervisory board of Gerresheimer AG. Andrea was previously a Non-Executive Director of Brammer plc. 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.

IAN DUNCAN
IAN DUNCAN
Non-Executive Director

Ian became a Non-Executive Director on 1 January 2017. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee. Ian is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Babcock International plc and Bodycote plc. Having developed a portfolio career since 2010, Ian was previously a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at WANdisco plc and Fiberweb plc. Ian’s last executive role was as Group Finance Director of the Royal Mail Group plc.

MEL EWELL
MEL EWELL
Non-Executive Director

Mel is a Non-Executive Director. Up to 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. Mel is a Non-Executive Director of High Speed Two (HS2) Limited and The Manufacturing Technology Centre Limited. He previously held a number of senior management positions for TNT International, Xerox and ADI Group.

Committees

Audit
Mr. I. B. Duncan – Chairman
Ms. J. E. Ashdown
Mr. C. V. Geoghegan
Ms. A. Abt
Mr M. Ewell
Remuneration
Mr. C. V. Geoghegan – Chairman
Ms. J. E. Ashdown
Ms. A. Abt
Mr I.B. Duncan
Mr M. Ewell
Nominations
Mr. L. Van de Walle – Chairman
Ms. J. E. Ashdown
Mr. C. V. Geoghegan
Ms. A. Abt
Mr I.B. Duncan
Mr M. Ewell
Mr M. Oldersma