Board of Directors
The Board's main roles are to create value for shareholders, to lead the Group, to approve the Group's strategic objectives, and to ensure that the appropriate financial and other resources, as required, are made available to enable the Group to meet set objectives. All Directors have a wide range of experience and skills, bringing independent judgment to bear on issues of strategy, performance, resources, and standards of conduct.
Sir David Reid
Appointed to the Board in December 2011 and became Chairman in January 2012. Sir David Reid retired as Non-Executive Chairman of Tesco PLC in November 2011 after serving in that role since April 2004. Prior to that he was Deputy Chairman of Tesco PLC and had served on the Tesco Board since 1985. David is the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Reed Elsevier Group PLC and Chairman of the charity Whizz-Kidz. He was formerly Chairman of Kwik-Fit Group Ltd, Non-Executive Director at Greenalls Group Plc (now De Vere Group), Legal & General Group Plc and Westbury plc. In November 2010 David was appointed one of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Business Ambassadors.
Chief Executive Officer
Appointed to the Board as Chief Executive Officer in March 2005 after serving as a Non-Executive Director since November 2002. Wolfhart Hauser was previously Chief Executive Officer and President of TÜV Süddeutschland AG for four years and Chief Executive Officer of TÜV Product Services for 10 years. Starting his career with various research activities he went on to establish and lead a broad range of successful international service industry businesses. He has held several non-executive board director and chairman roles in a variety of technology companies. He was a Non-Executive Director of Logica plc until August 2012.
Chief Financial Officer
Appointed to the Board as Chief Financial Officer in April 2010. Lloyd Pitchford previously spent 10 years with BG Group plc in various operational and corporate finance roles in the UK and Middle East; including five years as Group Financial Controller. He previously worked for Mobil Oil Corporation in various financial, commercial and management roles. Lloyd is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University.
Appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in September 2009. He is currently Pro Rector (Enterprise) at Imperial College London where he oversees the university’s relationships with industry, and leads business development opportunities in the UK and internationally. Edward was an Executive Director of National Grid plc from 2001 to 2008, a Managing Director at the BICC Group from 1997 to 1999 and an Executive and Regional Director at Cable & Wireless plc from 1989 to 1997. Previously he held senior business strategy positions in the UK and France. He is a Trustee of the Shannon Trust.
Appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in April 2011. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Rentokil Initial plc, a position he has held since April 2008. Alan spent 25 years at Unilever PLC where he rose through a variety of finance roles in the UK and Europe and then general management in Taiwan and China. His last four years were as Executive Chairman of Unilever China. Following this, Alan returned to the UK as Chief Financial Officer at Imperial Chemical Industries PLC taking a leading role in the divestment of the company.
Appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in March 2006. He was an investment banker for nearly 30 years, for much of that time with Morgan Grenfell and Deutsche Bank. He is a Chartered Accountant and has extensive corporate finance experience gained during his banking career in London, New York and Hong Kong. He is Chairman of Brooks Macdonald Group plc, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Powerflute Oyj and a Trustee of the Churches Conservation Trust.
Appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in July 2012. She is currently Chief Executive Officer of BTG plc, a growing international specialist healthcare company, a position she has held since 2004. Before joining BTG, Louise was at Baxter Healthcare from 2000, holding the roles of Vice President, Strategy & Business Development Europe, and from 2001, President of the Biopharmaceuticals division of Baxter Healthcare, where she was responsible for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to her time at Baxter, she was Director of Global Ceramics at English China Clay, and in her earlier career, held a variety of roles at ICI between 1985 and 1998. Louise is a Trustee of The Outward Bound Trust and was previously a Non-Executive Director of Premier Foods plc.
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in April 2011. He has major international and board level knowledge gained during an extensive global career up to senior partner level at KPMG. His last position at KPMG was as International Chief Executive Officer, a position he occupied for four years. He is currently a Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chairman at Wolseley plc and at Cobham plc. He was appointed as the Economic Development Adviser to the Government of Afghanistan in August 2011.
Appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in July 2012. She is currently Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s national economic development agency and a member of Scotland’s Financial Services Advisory Board. Prior to this she was Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Development International (Scotland’s international trade and investment arm) and Chief Operating Officer, Scottish Enterprise. Between 1998 and 2000, Lena was a Senior Advisor to The World Bank in Washington DC on private sector development for developing countries. Lena is a member of the University of Strathclyde’s Business Advisory Board, and an Ambassador for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice. She has served on the Board of the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust for 10 years as well as numerous arts, culture and sport organisations.