BSI Board

 
John Hirst CBE

John Hirst CBE

Chairman (A, N, S)

Skills and experience
John Hirst was appointed to the Board in October 2018 as Non-Executive Director and became Chairman in January 2019. John has a wealth of experience leading and transforming complex organizations. His early career was with ICI, beginning in finance before progressing into various leadership roles and serving on the Group leadership team as Chief Executive of the speciality chemicals division. Then he became Group Chief Executive of Premier Farnell, a FTSE 250 electronics distribution company, and in 2007 he joined the UK’s Met Office as Chief Executive until 2014.

Other appointments
John is Chairman of Anglian Water Services; the National Oceanography Centre; the epilepsy charity SUDEP Action; IMIS Global Limited; and SMi Drug Discovery and Trustee of Epilepsy Research UK.

Susan Taylor Martin

Susan Taylor Martin

Chief Executive (N, S)

Skills and experience
Susan Taylor Martin joined the Board and was appointed Chief Executive in January 2021. Susan has led a range of information, publishing and software businesses, first at Reuters and then at Thomson Reuters. Most recently, as President of its Global Legal Business based in New York, she led the transformation of its online information service into an AI-enabled suite of digital and SaaS offerings. She has experience of the consumer, leisure and hospitality sector having been a Non-Executive Director of Whitbread PLC. She also possesses a strong network across a wide range of businesses, as former Chair of the London Council of the Confederation of British Industry.

Other appointments
Susan is Non-Executive Director of the University of Cambridge Press & Assessment Board.

Sara Dickinson

Sara Dickinson

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director

Sara was appointed and joined the Board in January 2022. Sara has over 25 years of financial experience as well as significant knowledge of scaling B2B businesses and digital transformation, most recently as Senior Vice President of Finance responsible for corporate finance functions at Expedia Group Inc, a global travel tech company, and as Chief Finance Officer of Expedia Partner Solutions, the worldwide B2B division within Expedia for four years prior to this. Sara has undertaken numerous finance roles including Commercial Finance & FP&A Director at Costa Coffee, Group Financial Controller for Sage Group PLC and Vice President and European CFO of Orbitz WorldWide Inc.

Other Board appointments

Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit committee of Aptitude Software Group PLC.

Scott Steedman CBE FREng

Scott Steedman CBE FREng

Director-General, Standards (S, SP)

Skills and experience
Scott Steedman joined the Group in January 2012 and was appointed to the Board in October 2012. An engineer by profession, he started his career as a Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Cambridge before moving to industry where he spent over 20 years as a consultant working in the Built Environment sector. He was a Non-Executive Board Member of the Port of London Authority from 2009 to 2015 and served as Vice-President (Policy) for the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) from 2013 to 2017 and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) from 2017 to 2021.

Other appointments
None.

Douglas Hurt FCA

Douglas Hurt FCA

Non-Executive Director (A, N, R)

Skills and experience
Douglas Hurt joined the Board in November 2015 as Non-Executive Director. Douglas started his career at PwC, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. From there he joined the GlaxoSmithKline Group, where he held many senior roles including Managing Director, Glaxo Wellcome UK. In 2006 he joined IMI PLC and was Group Finance Director until February 2015.

Other appointments
Douglas is Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Vesuvius PLC and Countryside Partnerships PLC. He is Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC.

Ian Lobley

Ian Lobley

Non-Executive Director (S, A, N,)

Skills and experience
Ian Lobley joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in May 2019. Ian is a Managing Partner at 3i Group PLC, the FTSE 100 international investor. With over 30 years of experience in private equity, he has been an active investor in and board member of portfolio companies in many countries and sectors. He graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham and, prior to 3i, worked as an engineer for BOC Speciality Gases.

Other appointments
Ian is Non-Executive Director of 3i Infrastructure PLC, AES Engineering, Tato Holdings, Audley Travel and Cirtec Medical within 3i Group’s global portfolio.

Stephen Page

Stephen Page

Non-Executive Director (N, R, S, SP)

Skills and experience
Stephen Page joined the Board in September 2015 as Non-Executive Director. Stephen has a wealth of boardroom experience in the opportunities and risks of the digital age, as well as corporate risks such as cyber security and counterterrorism. At Accenture he held European and global leadership roles including worldwide Managing Director, Strategic IT Effectiveness. For the past sixteen years he has held a portfolio of board positions including TSB Banking Group, the National Crime Agency and The British Library.

Other appointments
Stephen is Senior Independent Director of Nominet UK, non-executive director of the British Army and member of the Independent Audit Committee of the Thames Valley Police.

Alison Wood

Alison Wood

Senior Independent Director (A, N, R)

Skills and experience
Alison Wood joined the Board in September 2014 as Non-Executive Director. She spent nearly 20 years at BAE Systems plc in a number of strategy and leadership roles, including that of Group Strategic Director, and was the Global Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at National Grid PLC from 2008 to 2013. She has held Non-Executive Director positions with BTG PLC, Thus Group PLC, e2v PLC and Cobham PLC.

Other appointments
Alison is Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at TT Electronics PLC, Capricorn Energy PLC and Oxford Instruments PLC.

Polly Courtice

Polly Courtice

Non-executive Director

Polly Courtice joined the Board as a Board Advisor with effect from 1 June 2020. Polly is Founder Director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Nomination Committee at Anglian Water. Polly is also currently a Director of Jupiter Green Investment Trust and serves on the sustainability advisory boards for several leading companies including AstraZeneca, Lloyds Banking Group, Nespresso and Kingfisher. As well as being the recipient of numerous honours and awards over the years for her contribution to sustainability, she is a member of the judging panel for the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development and Chair of the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards.