Board of Directors

Christopher MillerExecutive Chairman 

Christophermiller

Appointment:
Appointed as Executive Chairman of Melrose on 29 May 2003.

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

Committee membership:
Nomination Committee

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David RoperExecutive Vice Chairman 

Davidroper

Appointment:
Appointed as Chief Executive on 29 May 2003 and as Executive Vice-Chairman on 9 May 2012

Skills and experience:
Qualified as a chartered accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell, following which he worked in the corporate finance divisions of S.G. Warburg & Co. Limited, BZW and Dillon Read. In September 1988 he was appointed to the board of Wassall PLC and became its deputy Chief Executive in 1993. Between October 2000 and May 2003 he was involved in private investment activities and served as a non-executive Director on the boards of two companies.

Committee membership:
None

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Simon PeckhamChief Executive 

Simonpeckham

Appointment:
Appointed as Chief Operating Officer on 29 May 2003 and then as Chief Executive on 9 May 2012.

Skills and experience:
Qualified as a solicitor in 1986. In 1990, he joined Wassall PLC and became an executive Director in 1999. From October 2000 until May 2003 he worked for the equity finance division of The Royal Bank of Scotland and was also involved in several high profile transactions.

Committee membership:
None

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Geoffrey MartinGroup Finance Director 

Geoffreymartin

Appointment: 
Appointed as Group Finance Director on 7 July 2005.

Skills and experience: 
Qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand where he worked within the corporate finance and audit departments. In 1996, he joined Royal Doulton PLC and was Group Finance Director from October 2000 until June 2005 which was a period of significant restructuring for the company.

Committee membership: 
None

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Perry CrosthwaiteSenior non-executive Director 

Perrycrosthwaite

Appointment: 
Appointed on 26 July 2005, Perry Crosthwaite is the Senior non-executive Director.

Skills and experience: 
Over 30 years’ experience as a Director in the City of London. Perry was a founding Director of Henderson Crosthwaite Institutional Brokers Limited, serving on the board until its acquisition by Investec Bank in 1998. He became a Director of Investec Bank (UK) Limited and Chairman of the Investment Banking division until his retirement in 2004.

Other appointments: 
Chairman of Jupiter Green Investment Trust Plc  
Non-executive Director of Investec Limited and Investec Plc

Committee membership: 
Audit Committee  
Remuneration Committee
Nomination Committee 

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John GrantNon-executive Director 

Johngrant

Appointment: 
Appointed as a non-executive Director on 1 August 2006.

Skills and experience: 
Executive career in a variety of senior international roles within the automotive industry and other engineering businesses. 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 in Europe and the USA.

Other appointments: 
Non-executive Director of MHP S.A.  
Non-executive Director of Pace Plc  
Non-executive Director of Wolfson Microelectronics Plc
Chairman of British Racing Drivers Club Ltd

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

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Justin DowleyNon-executive Director 

Justindowley

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

Skills and experience: 
Extensive experience within the banking, investment and asset management sector and was latterly Vice Chairman of EMEA Investment Banking, a division of Nomura International plc. Justin was also a founder member partner of Tricorn Partners, Head of Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch Europe and a Director of Morgan Grenfell.

Other appointments: 
Chairman of Intermediate Capital Group plc (a specialist investment and asset management company)  
Director of a number of private companies including Ascot Authority (Holdings) Limited
Non-executive Director of the National Crime Agency

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

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Liz HewittNon-executive Director 

Lizhewitt

Appointment:
Appointed as a non-executive Director of Melrose on 8 October 2013.

Skills and experience:
Qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co, following which she held a variety of senior positions within Gartmore Investment Management, CVC and 3i Group plc.  Between 2004 and 2011 Ms Hewitt was Group Director of Corporate Affairs for Smith & Nephew plc, following a secondment to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and HM Treasury, where she worked to establish The Enterprise Capital Fund. Ms Hewitt was a Trustee of Cancer Research from 2005 to 2011. 

Other appointments: 
Non-executive Director of Novo Nordisk A/S, Synergy Health plc and Savills plc.

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

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