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Board Members

Non-Executive Chairman

Appointed to the Board: December 2018

Committee membership
Nomination, Chair
Remuneration

Over 30 years’ experience of operations management in the UK and the US, technical innovation and strategic planning, culminating in ten years as Chief Executive at the FTSE 100 science/R&D based company, Johnson Matthey.

In 2016 he was awarded an OBE for
services to the chemical industry

External appointments
Non-Executive Director of:
Royal Dutch Shell plc

Director:
The Goldsmiths' Company Charity

Previous experience
Chair:
TT Electronics plc

Deputy Chair:
TI Fluid Systems plc

Non-Executive Director:
Paypoint plc
Amec Foster Wheeler plc 

Founder Member:
Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change

Honorary President:
SCI (the Society of Chemical Industry)

Chief Executive:
Johnson Matthey plc

Neil Carson

Executive Directors

Appointed to the board: November 2015

Holds a BSc and DPhil in physics from the University of York, is a Chartered Physicist and a  Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Ian has worked for Oxford Instruments since 1997 in a number of senior leadership roles including NanoCharacterisation Divisional Head, Group Technical Director and Chief Operating Officer.

Previous appointments
Senior Principal Scientist:
GEC-Marconi Materials Technology

Research Fellow:
University of York

Ian Barkshire

Chief Executive

Appointed to the Board: May 2016

Holds a BA in economics and agricultural economics from the University of Exeter. Gavin is a Chartered Accountant and an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Previous experience

Group Finance Director:
Synergy Health PLC

Corporate Finance Director:
Serco Group PLC

Senior finance positions:
Syngenta AG
AstraZeneca plc

Gavin Hill

Chief Financial Officer

Non-Executive Directors

Appointed to the Board: July 2017

Committee membership

Audit and Risk
Nomination
Remuneration

Holds an engineering degree from University of Sheffield. Extensive experience in established and high-growth emerging markets, strategic planning and portfolio development.

Exteral appointments:
Chief Executive:
Ordnance Survey 

Previous experience
Chief Executive:
E2v

Director:
Spectris plc

Stephen Blair

Senior Independent Director

Appointed to the Board: September 2014

Committee membership
Audit and Risk
Remuneration
Nomination

Richard's research encompasses the physics, materials science and engineering of semiconductor devices made with carbon-based semiconductors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

External appointments

Cavendish Professor of Physics and a Fellow of St. John's College at the University of Cambridge

Non-Executive Director of:
Cambridge Photon Technology
Eight19 Limited
Helio Display Materials Limited

Previous experience
Council Member:
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council 

Professor Sir Richard Friend

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: January 2013

Committee membership
Audit and Risk
Nomination
Remuneration, Chair

A graduate of the Technische Universität Müchen and holds an INSEAD MBA. Extensive international experience in the technology and engineering sectors, having spent over 30 years in businesses operating across the globe.

External appointments
Chairman of:
Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems AG Switzerland

Previous experience
Executive Director of:
Vodafone Group Plc
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
RWE AG

Non-Executive Director of:
BBC Worldwide Ltd
Constantia Flexibles GmbH
Supervisory Board of Haniel & Cie GmbH Duisburg

Thomas Geitner

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: February 2016

Committee membership
Audit and Risk, Chair
Nomination
Remuneration

Holds a MA in physics from University of Oxford and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Mary started her career at Coopers & Lybrand Management Consultancy Services and then went on to hold senior financial positions in a number of major businesses.

External appointments
Chief Financial Officer:
Lloyd’s Register

Previous experience
Group Finance Director:
Ultra Electronics Holdings plc

Director, Group Finance:
Qinetiq Group plc

 

Mary Waldner

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: September 2020

Committee membership
Audit and Risk, Chair
Nomination
Remuneration

Alison holds a BA in Engineering, Economics and Management from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She has a wide experience in strategic planning, business development and M&A across a variety of sectors and is a highly experienced non-executive director and committee chair.


External appointments
Non-Executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chair:
TT Electronics Plc
Costain Group PLC

Non-Executive Director:
Cairn Energy PLC
British Standards Institute

Previous experience
Non-Executive Director Remuneration Committee Chair:
Cobham plc

Senior Independent Director:
e2v plc

Alison Wood

Independent Non-Executive Director

Audit and Risk
ME Waldner, Chair; S Blair; TO Geitner; RH Friend; A Wood

Remuneration
TO Geitner, Chair; NAP Carson; S Blair; RH Friend, ME Waldner; A Wood

Nomination
NAP Carson, Chair; S Blair; TO Geitner; RH Friend, ME Waldner; A Wood

Administration
Any two Directors