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Karen Oliver Board Chair
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Karen Oliver

Appointed: 1 April 2020. Appointed as Chair of the Board on 10 September 2021.

Board Committees: Remuneration, Nominations (Chair).

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.

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

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Clive Jennings Chief Financial Officer
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Clive Jennings

Appointed: 4 May 2021 as Interim CFO. Appointed as CFO and executive director 18 January 2022.

Board Committees: None.

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.


David Thomas Senior Independent Director

David Thomas

Appointed: 26 April 2016. Appointed as Senior Independent Director on 10 September 2021. 

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. 

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

Gaëlle Hotellier Workforce Engagement Non-Executive Director

Gaëlle Hotellier

Appointed: 3 October 2016. Appointed workforce engagement Non-Executive Director on 10 September 2021.

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

Experience: Gaëlle is currently Executive Vice President, Operations at Krohne Group. Before that, she worked for the Siemens group from 2002 to 2021, during which time she has held various senior management roles, most recently in charge of Global Operations for the Generation Service unit within Siemens Energy AG. 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 and was a Member of the Advisory Board of Berthold Vollers GmbH.

Current external appointments: Executive Vice President, Operations at Krohne Group.

David Blood Non-Executive Director
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David Blood

Appointed: Appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 1 July 2015, and subsequently as Chairman on 5 August 2019. Resigned as Chairman effective 10 September 2021.

Board Committees: Nominations.

Experience: David Blood is a Founding Partner and Senior Partner of Generation Investment Management.  He also serves as Chairperson of Just Climate. Previously, David spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs including serving as CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. David received a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  

Current External appointments: David is chairperson of Social Finance UK and co-chair of the World Resources Institute, and on the board of On the Edge Conservation. David is also a life trustee of Hamilton College.

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Gotthard Haug Non-Executive Director
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Gotthard Haug

Appointed: 1 April 2020. 

Board Committees: Nominations, Audit.

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.