Board of Directors

Christopher MillerExecutive Chairman 

Christophermiller

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

Skills and experience:
Christopher brings to the Board a wealth of experience gained from his involvement in manufacturing industries and private investment.

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

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David RoperExecutive Vice Chairman 

Davidroper

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

Skills and experience:
David provides experience gained from his roles in corporate finance, management of manufacturing industries and private investment.

A chartered accountant, David qualified 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, David was appointed to the board of Wassall PLC and became its deputy Chief Executive in 1993. Between October 2000 and May 2003, David 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 Executive on 9 May 2012, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer from May 2003.

Skills and experience: 
Simon provides expertise in equity finance, corporate transactions and management of manufacturing industries.

Simon qualified as a solicitor in 1986, following which, in 1990, he joined Wassall PLC, where he became an executive Director in 1999. From October 2000 until May 2003, Simon 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: 
Geoffrey provides expertise in corporate finance, management and corporate restructuring.

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 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 as a non-executive Director on 26 July 2005.

Skills and experience: 
Perry has financial expertise gained through a distinguished career in investment banking with 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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Justin DowleyNon-executive Director 

Justindowley

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

Skills and experience: 
Justin has extensive experience 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.

Other appointments: 
Chairman of Intermediate Capital Group plc (a specialist investment and asset management company)
Non-executive 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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John GrantNon-executive Director 

Johngrant

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

Skills and experience: 
John brings financial expertise and global executive experience gained from a variety of senior 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 US.

Other appointments: 
Non-executive Director of MHP S.A. and Pace plc
Independent non-executive Director of Augean PLC
Chairman of The British Racing Drivers’ Club Limited

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

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Liz HewittNon-executive Director 

Lizhewitt

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

Skills and experience:
Liz has extensive business and financial experience gained from senior roles in international companies.

A chartered accountant, Liz qualified 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, she was Group Director of Corporate Affairs for Smith & Nephew plc.

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

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

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