Chairman of the Nomination and member of the Remuneration
Appointed: July 2016
John brings considerable experience holding office as a Non
Executive Director in various companies across multiple market
sectors, including retail and construction. He was Senior
Independent Director whilst at Travis Perkins between 2005 and 2014
and has previously held the role Chairman of Aga Rangemaster Group
plc, McColl's Retail Group plc, Holidaybreak plc and Russian
Consumer electronics retailer PJSC Mvideo.
John has also had significant executive experience in the retail
sector, having been CEO of House of Fraser and CEO of Texas
Homecare, a part of Ladbrokes plc. Prior to this he was a member of
the senior management team at the Burton Group, holding managing
director roles for a number of its fashion chains.
Other roles: Chairman of Bonmarché
Holdings plc and private company Barchester Healthcare Ltd.
Rik De Vos
Chief Executive Officer
Member of the Nomination committee.
Appointed: February 2015
Skills and experience: Rik has over 27
years' experience working within the chemical and manufacturing
sectors, providing technical products to a wide variety of
international markets, customers and consumers. He also brings
extensive general management experience internationally as well as
having proven success in completing several strategic turnaround
projects where businesses have been restored to profitable
Rik was previously Global General Manager for the Flexible Foam
division of Recticel, the quoted Belgian company. Prior to this,
his career has included roles with ICI, Huntsman, Rohm & Haas
Chief Finance Officer
Appointed: January 2015
Skills and experience: Chris is a
chartered accountant and has more than 25 years' experience working
in manufacturing businesses in highly competitive industries across
the UK, Europe and the Far East.
From 2008 to 2014, Chris was Group Finance Director at API Group
plc, the AIM‑listed specialty metallic film, foil and laminates
producer. Other previous roles have included Scapa plc, where he
was Finance and IT Director for Europe & Asia and also a number
of senior finance roles at Courtaulds plc, where he gained
extensive international experience, including overseas positions
based in Germany and Hong Kong.
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination
Appointed: February 2013
Skills and experience: Steve brings
extensive experience of independent Board level scrutiny, having
held a number of positions as Chairman and Non‑Executive Director
in listed companies during his career, as well as senior executive
positions both internationally and in the UK. Steve brings
diversity of style, skill and experience and makes him ideally
suited for the role of Senior Independent Director, ensuring a
challenging mindset when setting and monitoring implementation of
the Group's strategy.
Steve's previous positions have included Chairman of Aviagen
International Inc, Non‑Executive Director of Clariant AG and
AZ Electronic Materials Services Limited, Group Chief
Executive of BTP Chemicals plc and, most recently, Chairman of
Devro plc and Senior Independent Director of Low &
Independent Non-Executive Director
Chair of the Remuneration and member of the Audit and Nomination
Appointed: August 2011
Skills and experience: Sandra brings
extensive consumer business insight and experience, from both a
retailer and supplier perspective. She was a member of the senior
management team of Tesco, one of the Group's major customers, for
over 20 years, holding executive, commercial and operational roles
in the UK and Ireland, latterly as Commercial Director of Tesco
Ireland between 2003 and 2009.
Since that time Sandra has been appointed a Non‑Executive
Director to a number of listed companies supplying into the FMCG
sector, including previously Northern Foods plc. Also, as
Remuneration Committee Chair of three listed companies, Sandra
brings a broad knowledge, understanding and awareness of this
continuously changing field and the importance of linking the
Company's strategy and performance to executive remuneration.
Other roles: Non‑Executive Director of
Huhtamäki Oyj, Non‑Executive Director and Chair of Remuneration
Committee of Carpetright plc, Senior Independent Director and
Remuneration Committee Chair of Greggs plc. Also, the Vice‑Chair of
a large independent school.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Chairman of the Audit and member of the Nomination and
Appointed: January 2012
Neil, a chartered accountant, brings a strong financial
background having operated as an executive Group Finance Director
in a range of global consumer facing business under both PLC and
Private Equity ownership. In particular he has experience in
leading complex corporate finance transactions including
acquisitions, disposals and corporate restructures and he has
extensive experience of operating internationally. His is wealth of
knowledge in debt structuring, financing, investment and banking
facilities is also invaluable.
Neil has held senior finance roles in a number of global listed
companies, including ASDA/Walmart Stores Inc., Barclays Bank plc,
French Connection Group plc and in his previous executive role was
Group Finance Director at Mothercare PLC. Neil's financial
background and expertise leave him eminently suitable to hold the
role of Audit Committee Chair.
Other roles: Chief Financial Officer of
Cath Group Kidston Limited since 2012.