Board of Directors

Christopher MillerExecutive Chairman 

Christophermiller

Year appointed

Appointed as Executive Chairman on 29 May 2003.

Skills and experience:
Christopher’s longstanding involvement in manufacturing industries and private investment brings a wealth of experience to the Board.

A chartered accountant, Christopher qualified with Coopers & Lybrand, following which he was an Associate Director of Hanson plc. In September 1988, Christopher joined the board of Wassall PLC as its Chief Executive. Between October 2000 and May 2003, Christopher was involved in private investment activities.

Committee membership:
Nomination Committee

Shareholding and share interests:
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Terms and conditions of appointment:
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David RoperExecutive Vice Chairman 

Davidroper

Year appointed:

Appointed as Executive Vice-Chairman on 9 May 2012, having previously served as Chief Executive from May 2003.

Skills and experience:
From a wide range of roles in corporate finance, private investment and management in manufacturing industries, David brings significant investment, financial and operational expertise.

A chartered accountant, David qualified with Peat Marwick Mitchell, following which he worked in the corporate finance divisions of S.G. Warburg, BZW and Dillon Read. In September 1988, David was appointed to the board of Wassall PLC, before becoming its deputy Chief Executive in 1993. Between 2000 and 2003, David was involved in private investment activities and served as a non-executive Director on the boards of two companies in France.

Committee membership:
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Shareholding and share interests
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Terms and conditions of appointment
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Simon PeckhamChief Executive 

Simonpeckham

Year appointment: 
Appointed as Chief Executive on 9 May 2012, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer from May 2003.

Skills and experience: 
Simon provides widespread expertise in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, strategy and operations.

Simon qualified as a solicitor in 1986, before moving to Wassall PLC in 1990, where he became an executive Director in 1999. Between October 2000 and May 2003, Simon worked for the equity finance division of The Royal Bank of Scotland where he was involved in several high profile transactions.

Committee membership: 
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Shareholding and share interests
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Terms and conditions of appointment
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Geoffrey MartinGroup Finance Director 

Geoffreymartin

Year appointment: 
Appointed as Group Finance Director on 7 July 2005

Skills and experience: 
Geoffrey provides considerable public company experience and expertise in corporate finance, raising equity finance and financial strategy.

A chartered accountant, Geoffrey qualified with Coopers & Lybrand, where he worked within the corporate finance and audit departments. In 1996, Geoffrey joined Royal Doulton PLC, serving as Group Finance Director from October 2000 until June 2005. During this time, Geoffrey was involved in a number of projects, including raising public equity, debt refinancing and the restructuring and outsourcing of the manufacturing and supply chain. .

Committee membership: 
-

Shareholding and share interests
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Terms and conditions of appointment
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John GrantSenior Non-executive Director 

Johngrant

Year appointment: 
Appointed as senior non-executive Director in May 2016, having previously served as non-executive Director from August 2006.

Skills and experience: 
Following a variety of senior roles within the automotive industry, John brings financial expertise and global executive experience to the Board.

John was Chief Executive of Ascot Plc between 1997 and 2000. Prior to that, he was Group Finance Director of Lucas Industries Plc (subsequently LucasVarity Plc) between 1992 and 1996. He also previously held several senior strategy and finance positions with Ford Motor Company both in Europe and the US.

Committee membership: 
Audit Committee (Chairman)
Remuneration Committee 
Nomination Committee 

Shareholding and share interests
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Terms and conditions of appointment
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Justin DowleyNon-executive Director 

Justindowley

Year appointment: 
Appointed as a non-executive Director on 1 September 2011.

Skills and experience: 
Justin has extensive experience with over 35 years spent within the banking, investment and asset management sector.

A chartered accountant, Justin qualified with Price Waterhouse and was latterly Vice Chairman of EMEA Investment Banking, a division of Nomura International plc. He was also a founder partner of Tricorn Partners, Head of Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch Europe and a director of Morgan Grenfell.

Committee membership: 
Audit Committee 
Remuneration Committee (Chairman)
Nomination Committee 

Shareholding and share interests
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Terms and conditions of appointment
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Liz HewittNon-executive Director 

Lizhewitt

Year appointment:
Appointed as a non-executive Director on 8 October 2013.

Skills and experience:
Liz has extensive business, financial and investment experience gained from a number of senior roles in international companies.

A chartered accountant, Liz qualified with Arthur Andersen & Co., following which she held a variety of positions within Gartmore Investment Management, CVC and 3i Group plc. Between 2004 and 2011, Liz was the Group Director of Corporate Affairs for Smith & Nephew plc, following a secondment to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the HM Treasury, where Liz worked to establish The Enterprise Capital Fund.

Committee membership:
Audit Committee 
Remuneration Committee 
Nomination Committee (Chairman)

Shareholding and share interests
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Terms and conditions of appointment
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David LisIndependent Non-executive Director 

David Lis

Year appointment: 
Appointed as an independent non-executive Director on 12 May 2016.

Skills and experience: 
David has held several senior roles in investment and fund management and brings extensive financial experience to the Board.

David commenced his career at NatWest, and held positions at J Rothschild Investment Management and Morgan Grenfell after which David founded Windsor Investment Management. David joined Norwich Union Investment Management in 1997 (later merging to form Aviva Investors), before becoming Head of Equities in 2012 and latterly Chief Investment Officer, Equities and Multi Assets, until his retirement in March 2016.

David is a director of the Investor Forum, a non-executive director of Electra Private Equity PLC and a non-executive director of BCA Marketplace plc.

Committee membership: 
Audit Committee (tbc)  
Remuneration Committee (tbc)
Nomination Committee (tbc) 

Shareholding and share interests
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Terms and conditions of appointment
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