Board of Directors

Year appointed:
Appointed as Chairman on 1 January 2019, having previously served as a Non-executive Director from 1 September 2011 and as the Senior Independent Director from 11 May 2017 to 31 December 2018.

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

Justin currently serves as the Senior Independent Director of Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust PLC, a director of a number of private companies, Steward of the Jockey Club and Deputy Chairman of The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers.

Committee membership: 
Remuneration Committee 
Nomination Committee 

Shareholding and share interests
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Terms and conditions of appointment
Each executive Director’s service contract and each non-executive Director’s letter of appointment are available for inspection at the Company’s registered office during normal business hours.

Year appointed:
Appointed as Executive Vice-Chairman on 1 January 2019, having previously served as Executive Chairman from 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.

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Shareholding and share interests:
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Terms and conditions of appointment:
Each executive Director’s service contract and each non-executive Director’s letter of appointment are available for inspection at the Company’s registered office during normal business hours.

Year appointed:
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. 

Committee membership: 
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Terms and conditions of appointment
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Year appointed:
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. 

Committee membership: 
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Year appointed:
Appointed as an executive Director on 1 January 2021, having served as Melrose Chief Operating Officer since April 2019.

Skills and experience: 
Peter has considerable public company and industrial business experience having been the Chief Executive Officer of international recycling company Renewi PLC (formerly Shanks Group PLC) and having been a senior executive at Danaher Corporation. Peter also spent seven years at the Boston Consulting Group, working primarily with industrial businesses. Peter has an engineering and aviation background, and was a helicopter pilot in the British Armed Forces. He also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Peter is currently the Senior Independent Director of Rotork PLC.

Committee membership: 
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Terms and conditions of appointment
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Year appointed:
Appointed as the Senior Independent Director on 5 May 2022, having previously served as a Non-executive Director from 12 May 2016, and appointed as Chairman of the Remuneration Committee on 1 January 2019.

Skills and experience: 
David has held several senior roles in investment and fund management, as well as other board appointments. He 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 non-executive director of Hostmore PLC, Dowgate Capital Limited and Wild Life Group Limited.

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

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Terms and conditions of appointment
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Year appointed:
Appointed as a Non-executive Director on 1 October 2018 and Chairman of the Nomination Committee on 1 January 2022.

Skills and experience:
Charlotte brings a diverse range of experience and commercial acumen to the Board. After a successful legal career specialising in competition and M&A law in the City, she held various senior positions in the telecommunications and transport sectors, most recently in aviation. She has proven leadership skills in large, complex organisations and has consistently succeeded in driving performance and building the foundations for growth.

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

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Terms and conditions of appointment
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Year appointed:
Appointed as a non-executive Director on 1 October 2019.

Skills and experience:
Funmi has extensive experience as a global legal and compliance leader, and has also held senior commercial and project management roles. Having worked in a number of multi-nationals, and across sectors including aerospace, manufacturing, energy and technology, Funmi brings diverse industrial knowledge and significant commercial expertise to the Board. Funmi is a qualified barrister, and is currently Group General Counsel at the FTSE 100 company Halma PLC.

Committee membership: 
Audit Committee
Nomination Committee

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Terms and conditions of appointment
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Year appointed:
Appointed as a Non-executive Director on 1 June 2021, and appointed as Chairman of the Audit Committee on 5 May 2022.

Skills and experience:
Heather originally qualified as a chartered accountant and subsequently spent well over a decade working in senior roles within corporate finance and investment banking, where she honed her experience across industrials and transportation businesses. Heather has significant non-executive directorship experience, most recently as non-executive director and audit committee chair of FlyBe Group plc. She is also a Non-executive Director of Coats Group PLC and a senior advisor to a large Swiss-based family office.

Committee membership: 
Audit Committee (Chairman)

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Terms and conditions of appointment
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Year appointed:
Appointed as a non-executive Director on 1 June 2021.

Skills and experience:
Victoria has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a qualified chartered accountant. She spent over a decade working for Lazard in its corporate finance team where she held various senior roles including as Chief Operating Officer for its London and Middle East operations. Victoria has significant and extensive non-executive directorship experience, including as audit committee chair and senior independent director.

Victoria is Non-executive Director of Great Portland Estates Plc and Entain Plc.

Committee membership: 
Remuneration Committee 
Nomination Committee

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Terms and conditions of appointment
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