Dr John Hirst CBE
Chairman (A, Chair N, S)
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 executive 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 NOC (National Oceanography Centre), Chairman of Anglian Water Services and a Non-Executive Director of Marsh Limited.
Susan Taylor Martin
Chief Executive (N,S)
Susan has led a range of information, publishing and software businesses, first at Reuters and then at Thomson Reuters. Most recently she served as President of its Global Legal Business, based in New York, where 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, as an independent non-executive director of Whitbread plc since 2012 and is a former Chair of the London Council of the Confederation of British Industry.
Dr Scott Steedman CBE
Director of Standards (SP)
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 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. Served as Vice-President (Policy), for the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) from 2013 to 2017 and for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) from 2017 to 2021.
Non-executive Director (Chair A, N, R)
Douglas Hurt joined the Board in November 2015 as Non-Executive Director. Douglas started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, 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. He is currently Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Tate & Lyle PLC, Vesuvius PLC and Countryside Properties PLC.
Non-executive Director (A, N,)
Ian Lobley joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 1 May 2019. Ian is a Managing Partner at 3i Group plc, the FTSE 100 international investor, where he is also a member of the Investment Committee. He is also a Non-Executive Director of FTSE 250 infrastructure investor 3i Infrastructure plc, AES Engineering and Cirtec Medical within 3i’s global portfolio. Since 2012, Ian has been a member of the BVCA UK and European Capital Committee. Ian graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham and, prior to 3i, worked as an engineer for BOC Speciality Gases.
Dr Stephen Page
Non-executive Director (N, R, SP, S)
Stephen Page joined the Board in September 2015 as Non-Executive Director. Stephen has a wealth of experience in the risks and opportunities of the digital age, as well as corporate risks such as cyber security and counter-terrorism. At Accenture he held European and global leadership roles including worldwide Managing Director, Strategic IT Effectiveness. For the past eleven years he has held a portfolio of Board and senior advisory positions. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of TSB Banking Group PLC, Nominet UK and the British Library.
Non-executive Director (N, Chair R)
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 and e2v PLC. She is currently Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Cobham PLC, Costain PLC and TT Electronics PLC.
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.