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Board of Directors

Board of directors
The Board has ultimate responsibility for the Group’s performance, for overseeing the management of risk and for promoting the long-term success of the Group.

Board of Directors

​The Board is chaired by Non-Executive Chairman, Bill Whiteley, with Nicholas Anderson as Group Chief Executive. In addition to the Non-Executive Chairman, the Board comprises four independent Non-Executive Directors and four Executive Directors.

The Group is fully compliant with the provisions of the UK Corporate Governance Code.
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Executive and Non-Executive Directors

  • Chairman
  • Executive Directors
  • Non-Executive Directors
Bill Whiteley, BSc, FCMA (68)
Chairman
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Committees
Nomination (Chairman)

Appointed to the Board
July 2002. Appointed Chairman in June 2009

Areas of experience
Senior management, engineering, finance, international 

Background
Until his retirement in 2008, Bill Whiteley was Chief Executive of Rotork plc, where he had been a Director since 1984. Bill has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Engineering by the University of Bath.

External appointments
Chairman of Hill & Smith Holdings PLC.​

Nicholas Anderson, BSc Engineering, MBA (56)
Group Chief Executive
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Committees
Nomination, Risk Management (Chairman)

​Appointed to the Board
March 2012. Appointed Chief Operating Officer in August 2013 and Group Chief Executive in January 2014 

Areas of experience
International, operational, industrial, sales and marketing, engineering

Background
Before joining the Group in 2011 as Director EMEA, Nicholas Anderson was Vice-President of John Crane Asia Pacific (part of Smiths Group plc), based in Singapore, and President of John Crane Latin America, based in the USA. Previously, Nicholas held senior positions with Alcoa Aluminio in Argentina and the Foseco Minsep Group plc in Brazil.​

Kevin Boyd, BEng, CEng, FIET, FCA (52)
Finance Director
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Committees
Risk Management

Appointed to the Board
May 2016

Areas of experience
Finance and accounting, engineering, pensions, international

Background
Before joining the Group in 2016, Kevin Boyd was Group Finance Director for Oxford Instruments plc. Prior to that he was Group Finance Director of Radstone Technology plc and previously held senior finance positions within Siroyan Ltd and the TI Group (now Smiths Group plc). Kevin is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

External appointments
Non-Executive Director of EMIS Group plc.

Neil Daws, CEng, FIMechE (54)
Executive Director EMEA
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Committees
Risk Management

Appointed to the Board
June 2003

Areas of experience
Manufacturing, engineering, product development, sales and marketing, broad operational experience

Background
Neil Daws joined the Group in 1978 and held positions in production and design engineering prior to being named as UK Supply Director. Following this Neil has held responsibility for Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Group’s Supply operations, including the Group’s health, safety and environmental matters.

Jane Kingston, BA (59)
Independent Non-Executive Director
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Committees
Audit, Nomination, Remuneration (Chairman)​

Appointed to the Board 
September 2016

Areas of experience 
Human Resources, remuneration, international, engineering

Background 
From 2006 until her retirement in December 2015, Jane Kingston served as Group Human Resources Director for Compass Group PLC. Prior to this, she served as Group Human Resources Director for BPB plc. Jane has worked in a variety of sectors, including roles with Blue Circle Industries plc, Enodis plc and Coats Viyella plc and has significant international experience.

External appointments 
Non-Executive Director of National Express Group plc. 

Jamie Pike, MBA, MA, MIMechE (61)
Independent Non-Executive Director & Senior Independent Director
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Committees
Audit, Nomination, Remuneration

Appointed to the Board
May 2014

Areas of experience
Senior management, engineering, international

Background
Jamie Pike joined Burmah Castrol in 1991 and was Chief Executive of Burmah Castrol Chemicals before leading the Foseco buy-out in 2001 and its subsequent flotation in 2005. Prior to joining Burmah, he was a partner at Bain & Company. Jamie was educated at Oxford, holds an MBA from INSEAD and is a Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

External appointments
Chairman of Ibstock plc and RPC Group​.​

Trudy Schoolenberg, PhD (58)
Independent Non-Executive Director
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Committees
Audit, Nomination, Remuneration

Appointed to the Board
August 2012

Areas of experience
Engineering, product development, oil and petrochemical 

Background
Prior to her most recent position at AkzoNobel, Trudy Schoolenberg served as Vice-President of Global Research & Development at Wärtsilä Oy. Trudy previously held senior management positions with Royal Dutch Shell plc and was Head of Strategy for Shell Chemicals. Until October 2016, Trudy served as Director of Integrated Supply Chain and Research, Development and Innovation, Decorative Paints Division of AkzoNobel.​

External appointments
Non-Executive Director of COVA and Low & Bonar PLC.​

Clive Watson, B Comm (Acc), ACA, CTA (59)
Independent Non-Executive Director
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Committees
Audit (Chairman), Nomination, Remuneration

Appointed to the Board
July 2009

Areas of experience
Finance, tax and treasury, engineering

Background
Clive Watson held several tax and finance roles before joining Black & Decker in 1988 as Director of Tax and Treasury Europe. He was later appointed Vice-President of Business Planning and Analysis in the USA. Clive then joined Thorn Lighting as Group Finance Director before working for Borealis as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice-President of Business Support.

External appointments
Executive Director and Group Finance Director of Spectris plc.

Jay Whalen, BA, MBA (60)
Executive Director Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group
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Committees
Risk Management

Appointed to the Board
March 2012

Areas of experience
Sales and marketing, engineering, international business development

Background
Jay Whalen joined the Group in 1991 as President of Watson-Marlow Inc. in the USA. He was named Sales and Marketing Director of the global Watson-Marlow pump business in 2002 and in 2010 was appointed to his current Group position of President, Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group. Prior to joining Watson-Marlow, Jay was Vice-President Operations for Harvard Bioscience, Inc.

​​David Meredith retired as a Director on 10th May 2016.

Dr Krishnamurthy Rajagopal, Non-Executive Director, passed away on Thursday, 10th November 2016.​