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.
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.
Susan is Non-Executive Director of the University of Cambridge Press & Assessment Board.
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.
Tiffany Hall joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 14 April 2020. Tiffany is also a Non-Executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chair of B&M European Value Retail S.A. and a Non-Executive Director of Symington Family Estates. Previously, Tiffany was Senior Independent Director and Remuneration Committee Chair at Howdens Joinery Group plc. Tiffany has a strong background in marketing, sales, digital and customer services. She served as Managing Director of BUPA Home Healthcare, Marketing Director at BUPA, Head of Marketing at British Airways and Chair of Airmiles and BA Holidays. Prior to that, she held various other senior positions at British Airways plc.
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.
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.
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.
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 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. She is currently Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Costain PLC and TT Electronics PLC and Non-Executive Director at Cairn Energy plc.
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.