Wayne Edmunds Chairman

Wayne Edmunds

Appointed: 25 January 2016. 

Board Committees: Nominations Committee (Chair).

Experience: Wayne was Chief Executive Officer of Invensys plc from 2011 to 2014, having worked at the business since 2008 in various roles including Chief Financial Officer from 2009 to 2011. He joined Invensys from Reuters America Inc., where he was Chief Financial Officer, and has held several other senior finance roles in the technology sector including 17 years at Lucent Technologies. He was also Interim Chief Executive Officer of BAA Aviation plc from 1 July 2017 to 31 March 2018.

External appointments: Non-Executive Director of BBA Aviation plc and MSCI Inc.

Martin L Rapp Group Chief Executive

Martin L Rapp

Appointed: Appointed as Non-Executive Director on 26 April 2016, and subsequently as Group Chief Executive on 8 January 2018.

Board Committees: None

Experience: Marty was Chief Executive Officer of Laird Technologies, Inc. from 2001 until his retirement in 2011, having held various management roles at Laird plc since joining in 1996. Previously, he held engineering, marketing and management positions with Monsanto, a chemical company, from 1981 to 1996. 

Current external appointments: None

Fariyal Khanbabi Group Finance Director

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. 

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 Blood Non-Executive Director

David Blood

Appointed: 1 July 2015

Board Committees: Nominations Committee.

Experience: David Blood is co-founder and Senior Partner of Generation Investment Management. Previously, he spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs including serving as co-CEO and CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management from 1999-2003. David received a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. 

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.

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.

Gaelle Hotellier Non-Executive Director

Gaelle Hotellier

Appointed: 3 October 2016. 

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

Experience: Gaelle has worked for the Siemens group since 2002, during which time she has held various senior management roles. Between 2013 and 2015, Gaelle 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, Gaelle is in charge of the Project Management for the European, Middle East and Africa Region. Gaelle is also a Member of the Advisory Board of Berthold Vollers GmbH.

Steve Good Non-Executive Director

Steve Good

Appointed: 1 June 2018 

Board Committees: Nominations and Remuneration Committees

Experience: Steve has international experience in speciality chemicals businesses, manufacturing and diverse industrial markets. Steve was Chief Executive Officer at Low & Bonar plc from 2009 to 2014. Prior to that role, he was Managing Director of its technical textiles division between 2006 and 2009, Director of New Business between 2005 and 2006, and Managing Director of its Plastics division between 2004 and 2005. Prior to joining Low & Bonar Steve spent 10 years with BTP plc (now part of Clariant) in a variety of leadership positions managing international speciality chemicals businesses. Steve was also a Non-Executive Director of Cape plc and Chairman of its Remuneration Committee from July 2015 until 2017, and was a Non-Executive Director of Anglian Water Services Ltd and a member of its Audit, Nominations and Remuneration Committees until October 2018

Steve holds a degree in Economics and Financial Management from Sheffield University and is a chartered accountant. 

Current external appointments: non-executive chairman of Zotefoams plc and chairman of the nomination committee as well as a member of the remuneration committee. Steve is non-executive director of Anglian Water Services Ltd where he is a member of their audit, nomination and remuneration committees. He is a non-executive director and chairman of the remuneration committee of Elementis plc and is a member of the nomination committee.