David Blood Chairman

David Blood

Appointed: Appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 1 July 2015, and subsequently as Chairman on 5 August 2019.

Board Committees: Nominations Committee (Chair).

Experience: David Blood is co-founder and Senior Partner of Generation Investment Management.  Since its founding in 2004, Generation has played an integral role in the development of sustainable investing and in demonstrating the long-term commercial and societal benefits of this approach.  Previously, David spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs including serving as CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management.  David received a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.  He is chairman of Dialight, Social Finance UK and co-chair of The World Resources Institute and on the boards of On the Edge Conservation and SHINE. 

Current External appointments: David is on the Boards of New Forests, SHINE, The Nature Conservancy, Motivate and Social Finance UK, as well as being a Life Trustee of Hamilton College.

Fariyal Khanbabi Group Chief Executive

Fariyal Khanbabi

Appointed: 8 September 2014.

Board Committees: None

Experience: From 2009 until joining Dialight in September 2014 Fariyal was Chief Financial Officer at Blue Ocean Group, an independent privately-owned £4bn revenue fuel trading and distribution business. She has over ten years’ experience in senior financial positions, including roles at NYSE and Nasdaq-listed companies.

Fariyal was appointed as Group Finance Director on 8 September 2014, and on 10 August 2019, she was appointed as Dialight's Interim Chief Executive Officer. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 5 March 2020.

External appointments: None

Stephen Bird Senior Independent Director

Stephen Bird

Appointed: 10 January 2013. Senior Independent Director since February 2013. 

Board Committees: Audit and Nominations Committees.

Experience: Stephen is currently Group Chief Executive of The Vitec Group and has previous Board experience as a Non-Executive Director of Umeco plc. Prior to joining Vitec, Stephen was Divisional Managing Director of Weir Oil & Gas, part of Weir Group plc, and has held senior roles at Danaher Corporation, Black & Decker, Unipart Group, Hepworth plc and Technicolor Group.

Current external appointments: Group Chief Executive of The Vitec Group plc.

David Thomas Non-Executive Director

David Thomas

Appointed: 26 April 2016 

Board Committees: Audit (Chair), Nominations and Remuneration.

Experience: David was Chief Financial Officer at Invensys plc from 2011 until his retirement in 2014, having held senior roles across the business since 2002. Prior to joining Invensys, he was a Senior Partner in Ernst & Young LLP, specialising in long-term industrial contracting businesses, and is a former member of the Auditing Practices Board. David also has responsibility as the nominated Employees Liaison Non-Executive Director, introduced by the Board to assist in strengthening the representation of employees’ views and issues at a Board level.

Current external appointments: Non-executive director and chair of the Audit Committee of Victrex plc.

Gaëlle Hotellier Non-Executive Director

Gaëlle Hotellier

Appointed: 3 October 2016. 

Board Committees: Audit, Nominations and Remuneration (Chair) Committees.

Experience: Gaëlle has worked for the Siemens group since 2002, during which time she has held various senior management roles. Between 2013 and 2015, Gaëlle was an Executive Board member of the EU’s Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership with the European Commission. She is also a former Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Siemens Industriegetriebe GmbH in Penig.

Current external appointments: Within Siemens AG Power & Gas Division, Gaëlle is in charge of the Project Management for the European, Middle East and Africa Region. Gaëlle is also a Member of the Advisory Board of Berthold Vollers GmbH.

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Gotthard Haug

Appointed: 1 April 2020

Board Committees: Nominations

Experience: Among his many senior roles in the manufacturing industry, Gotthard was previously CEO and CFO of Teleplan International and a non-executive director of Psion. He was also the Chairman of Ultratec Ltd. Gotthard holds a MBA and a BA from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München.

Current external appointments: Gotthard is the Executive Chairman of Ivy Technology, a leading global electronics repair and service provider to many of the world's largest tech, med-tech and telecommunications companies. He is also a Partner of 'taskforce - Management on Demand GmbH', an Advisory Board Member of iGlobe Partners and an Independent Consultant and Interim Executive of Minerva Management Partners.

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Karen Oliver Non-Executive Director
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Karen Oliver

Appointed: 1 April 2020

Board Committees: Remuneration, Nominations.

Experience: Karen was until April 2021, Chair of the Arvos Group, which is a world leading manufacturer of industrial equipment and headquartered in Luxembourg. She was formerly Managing Director of Johnson Matthey plc's Chemicals business; Head of Strategy & Business Planning at Foster Wheeler AG; and Head of Global Business Development, Tonnage at the Linde Group. Karen was also a non-executive director of African Oxygen Ltd, which is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Namibian Stock Exchange. Karen holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town.

Current external appointments: Independent consultant.

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Clive Jennings Interim Chief Financial Officer
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Clive Jennings

Appointed: 4 May 2021

Board Committees: None. Clive is an attendee at Board meetings.

Experience: Clive has over 25 years of finance experience in large listed multinationals in the gaming, entertainment, hospitality and consumer goods manufacturing sectors, most recently as CFO of The Rank Group PLC and as interim CFO at McBride plc. Over his 19 years in the Rank Group, he held a number of senior global and divisional finance roles, becoming CFO in July 2011.

Prior to the Rank Group, Clive’s career has included senior finance roles, working for Lex Service PLC and Forte PLC.  Clive has a BSc in Business Economics from Southampton University and is a qualified chartered accountant.