Making excellence a habit
Sir David Brown joined the Board as Non-executive Director in May 2010 and became Chairman in March 2012. He was Chairman of Motorola Ltd from 1997 to 2008 and was also Motorola’s Global Governance Advisor. A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, he was President of the Federation of the Electronics Industry and President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. He was the first President of the Chartered Quality Institute, during which time it secured its Royal Charter status. He is Non-executive Director of TTG Global Group Ltd.
Howard Kerr was appointed to the Board in November 2008 and assumed the position of Chief Executive in January 2009. After a period at Associated British Ports, his early career was spent in business development roles in the fields of shipping, logistics and B2B marketing with Inchcape PLC in the UK, Japan, China and the Middle East. Subsequently he joined SHV Holdings NV, where he held general management positions in the energy division, including Chief Executive of Calor Group Ltd, UK, and Senior Vice-president on the International Management Board of SHV Gas in the Netherlands.
Craig Smith joined the Board as Group Finance Director in August 2011. A Chartered Certified Accountant, he began his career in 1985 with Coats Viyella PLC, undertaking finance roles in Australia, Spain, the UK, Morocco, Hungary and Finland. On his return to the UK in 1997 he was European Finance Director for two large American corporations in the product identification and printing ink industries. Immediately prior to joining BSI he was Group Finance Director of two UK-listed companies, Huntleigh Technology PLC from 2003 to 2007 and Management Consulting Group PLC from 2007 onwards.
Scott Steedman joined the Group in January 2012 and was appointed to the Board in October 2012. An engineer by background, he started his career at Cambridge University before moving to industry where he spent over 20 years working for consulting and contracting companies on major infrastructure and building projects around the world. Elected Vice-president Policy for the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) in November 2012, he is a former Vice-president of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, where he continues to serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Academy’s flagship magazine, Ingenia.
Keith Clarke joined the Board as Non-executive Director in December 2010 and was formerly Chief Executive of WS Atkins PLC. A qualified architect, he previously held the roles of Chief Executive of Skanska UK and Chief Executive, Construction at Kvaerner Construction Group and, prior to these, management positions at Trafalgar House and Olympia and York. He has been Chairman of the Construction Industry Council Health and Safety Committee and its Constructing Excellence High Level Steering Group. He is a patron of the Environmental Industries Commission, advisory board member of Imperial College and Non-executive Director of Forum for the Future and Engineering UK.
Tom Gorrie joined the Board as Non-executive Director in September 2009. He is a US citizen and resident and held numerous senior international positions at Johnson & Johnson during his 35 years with the corporation. Most recently he served as Corporate Vice President, Government Affairs and Policy and as a Corporate Officer until his retirement in 2008. He is currently a Board Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Jersey, a Trustee of Duke University, North Carolina, and Chair of their Health System, and an adjunct professor of the Rutgers University Business School, New Jersey.
Anthony Lea joined the Board as Non-executive Director in July 2007 and became Senior Non-executive Director on 21 May 2008. Previously he served as a board member of the Anglo American Group and as Finance Director of Anglo American PLC until his retirement in 2005. He has extensive international operational experience in the UK, South Africa and North America. He is Chairman of Blackrock World Mining Trust PLC and the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund and is also a Trustee of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
Alicja Lesniak was appointed Board Advisor in October 2014 and Non-executive Director in June 2015. She has broad experience on a global level of the financial and commercial management of fast growing professional service businesses, having held senior positions at Arthur Andersen & Co., where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant, J Walter Thompson and Ogilvy & Mather at WPP Group PLC and then Omnicom before latterly being Chief Financial Officer of Aegis Group PLC from 2007 to 2009. She is Non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Channel 4 Television Corporation and, in addition, Senior Non-executive Director at Next Fifteen Communications Group PLC.
Lucinda Riches was appointed advisor to the Board in May 2011, Non-executive Director in May 2012 and Senior Non-executive Director in October 2015. She was an investment banker for over 20 years at SG Warburg and its successor firms, ultimately as Global Head of Equity Capital Markets and a Board Member at UBS Investment Bank. She is Non-executive Director of UK Financial Investments Limited, which manages the UK Government’s investments in financial institutions. She is also Non-executive Director of the Diverse Income Trust PLC, the Graphite Enterprise Trust PLC, CRH PLC and a Trustee of Sue Ryder.
Pat Chapman-Pincher was appointed as a Non-executive Director in April 2014, having previously been an advisor to the Board since May 2011. She has board level experience in both international public and private technology companies. She also has extensive knowledge in new company start‑ups and mergers and acquisitions. She is Senior Non‑executive Director of Pace PLC, Chairman of the Cavell Group, and Trustee of Finding Rhythms. She also works as a chief executive mentor with Merryck Mentoring.
Tony Wales joined BSI as Director of Legal Affairs and Company Secretary in January 2010. A qualified solicitor with significant international experience, he was a partner in a City law firm from 1986 to 1994 and practised commercial law in London, Hong Kong and Prague. Moving in house in 1994 he was General Counsel at The Economist Group where he became involved in online publishing and digital media. In 2002 he became General Counsel at AOL Europe and, from 2007, at AOL International, where he led worldwide legal affairs outside the USA. He is a past President of The Association of Corporate Counsel in Europe.