Gareth Davis

Chairman

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Responsibilities:

Chairman of the Board
Responsibility for best practice corporate governance

Board committees:

Nomination Committee (Chairman)
Corporate Responsibility Committee
Remuneration Committee

Current directorships:

Ferguson PLC (Chairman)
DS Smith PLC (Chairman)

Former roles:

Chief Executive, Imperial Tobacco Group PLC

Year of appointment:

2010

Philip Bowcock

CEO

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Board committees:

Transformation Oversight Committee

Responsibilities:

Group strategy, operational management, leadership of the Executive team

Philip is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant.

Former roles:

CFO, Cineworld Group Plc
Finance Director, Luminar Group Holdings Plc
Financial Controller & Head of Corporate Development, Barratt Developments PLC
Property Finance Director, Tesco PLC
Vice President Finance, Hilton Group plc

Year of appointment:

2015 (appointed CEO in 2017)

Ruth Prior

Chief Financial Officer

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Responsibilities:

All aspects of the Group’s financing, financial performance, and stakeholder reporting; board accountability for internal audit, tax and strategic development; leading the executive relationship with the external auditor; and leadership of the Group Finance and other corporate functions.

Former roles:

Chief Operating Officer, Worldpay Group plc
Deputy CFO, Worldpay Group plc
Group CFO, EMI Group
Finance Director, Portfolio Business, Terra Firma Capital Partners

Year of Appointment:

2017

Sir Roy Gardner

Senior Independent Non-executive Director

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Board committees:

Audit and Risk Management Committee
Corporate Responsibility Committee
Nomination Committee
Remuneration Committee

Current directorships:

Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd. (Chairman)
Serco Group plc (Non-executive Chairman)

Other organisations:

Senior Adviser, Credit Suisse Group
Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Fellow of the City & Guilds Institute
Board of Governors St Albans School

Former roles:

Chairman, Compass Group plc
Chairman, Plymouth Argyle Football Club
Chairman, Manchester United plc
Chief Executive, Centrica plc
Group Finance Director, British Gas plc
Executive Director, General Electric Company plc
Chief Operating Officer, Northern Telecom
Chairman, EnServe Group Ltd.
Non-executive Director, Willis Group Holdings plc
Visiting Fellow, Oxford University Chairman
Advisory Board of the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College London
Chairman, Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network

Year of appointment:

2014

 

Georgina Harvey

Independent Non-executive Director

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Board committees:

Audit and Risk Management Committee
Corporate Responsibility Committee
Nomination Committee
Remuneration Committee

Current directorship:

Big Yellow Group PLC (Non-executive Director)
McColl’s Retail Group plc (Senior Independent Director)

Former roles:

Managing Director of Regionals, Trinity Mirror
Managing Director of Wallpaper Group, IPC Media
Managing Director of IPC Advertising, IPC Media
Sales Director, IPC Magazines
Various sales and advertisement roles, Express Newspapers

Year of appointment:

2011

 

Ashley Highfield

Independent Non-executive Director

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Board Committees:

Corporate Responsibility Committee (Chairman)
Audit and Risk Management Committee
Nomination Committee
Remuneration Committee

Current Directorships:

Johnston Press PLC (Chief Executive)
News Media Association (NMA) (Chairman)

Former roles:

Managing Director and Vice President, Microsoft UK
CEO, Project Kangaroo
Director, New Media & Technology
Member of executive board, BBC
Managing Director, Flextech Interactive Limited

Year of appointment:

2008

David Lowden

Independent Non-executive Director

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Board committees:

Audit and Risk Management Committee (Chairman)
Corporate Responsibility Committee
Nomination Committee
Remuneration Committee
Transformation Oversight Committee

Current directorships:

Michael Page International plc (Chairman)
Berendsen plc (Non-executive Director)

Former roles:

Non Executive Director, Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc
Chief Executive, Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC
Chief Operating Officer, Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC
Group Finance Director, Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC
Group Finance Director, Asprey Plc
Chief Financial Officer, A.C. Nielsen Corporation
Various senior finance roles in Norcros Plc, Federal Express Corporation and KPMG

Year of appointment:

2011

 

Imelda Walsh

Independent Non-executive Director

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Board committees:

Remuneration Committee (Chairman)
Audit and Risk Management Committee
Corporate Responsibility Committee
Nomination Committee

Current directorships:

First Group plc (Non-executive Director)
Mitchells & Butlers plc (Non-executive Director)

Former roles:

Mothercare plc (Non-executive Director)
Institute of Employment Studies (Board member)
Human Resources Director, J Sainsbury Plc
Human Resource Director, Barclays Bank Plc
Commercial Human Resources Director, Coca-Cola & Schweppes Beverages Ltd
Human Resources roles at Diageo Plc
Commissioner, Workplace Retirement Income Commission
Comic Relief (Trustee)
Now Pensions Ltd (Trustee)
Mentoring Foundation (Non-executive Director)

Year of appointment:

2011

 

John O’Reilly

Independent Non-executive Director

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Board committees:

Audit and Risk Management Committee
Corporate Responsibility Committee
Nomination Committee
Remuneration Committee
Transformation Oversight Committee (Chairman)

Current directorships:

New Bridge Foundation (Trustee)

Former roles:

Non-executive Director, Telecity Group
Non-executive Chairman, Grand Parade Limited
Managing Director, Online, Coral Interactive (Gibraltar) Limited
Various roles including Executive Director, Ladbrokes plc

Year of appointment:

2017

Mark Brooker

Independent Non-executive Director

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Board committees:

Corporate Responsibility Committee (Chairman with effect 16 November 2017)
Audit and Risk Management Committee
Nomination Committee
Remuneration Committee
Transformation Oversight Committee

Current directorships:

Chief Operating Officer and executive director, Trainline

Former roles:

Various roles including executive director and Chief Operating Officer, Betfair Group
Various senior investment banking roles at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch

Year of appointment:

2017 

 

 

Robin Terrell

Independent Non-executive Director

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Board committees:

Audit and Risk Management Committee
Corporate Responsibility Committee
Nomination Committee
Remuneration Committee

Former roles:

Various roles including Chief Customer Officer Interim Managing Director UK
Group Multichannel Director, Tesco plc

Year of appointment:

2017

Luke Thomas

Company Secretary

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Responsibilities:

Board support, company secretariat, London Stock Exchange compliance, corporate governance and pensions.

Former roles:

Head of Governance, Centrica plc
Group Deputy Secretary, RSA Insurance Group plc
Deputy Secretary, Spirent Communications plc

Year of appointment:

2013