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A large portrait of Ron Marsh

Ron Marsh

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Chair of the Nomination Committee

Ron Marsh was appointed to the Board on 28 March 2014 as the Senior Independent Director and became Independent Non-Executive Chairman on 27 May 2015. Ron is currently a Non-Executive Director of R.Faerch Plast A/S, the Senior Independent Director of Walstead Group Limited and was, from 1989 until 2013, Chief Executive of RPC Group. Ron is also Chairman of the UK-based Packaging Federation and the Alliance for European Polymers which was established under the auspices of EuPC (European Plastic Converters) in 2015. Ron has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Oxford University and is Chair of the Nomination Committee.

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Lisa Scenna

Non-Executive Director

Lisa has over 20 years’ business experience working at executive director level in large private and publicly listed multinational corporations with a strong background in strategic and financial business change, with her most recent executive role being with the Morgan Sindall Group as Managing Director of MS Investments. Prior to this, she held executive roles with Laing O’Rourke, Stockland Group and Westfield Group in Australia. She is a non-executive director of Cromwell Property Group, an Australian listed company. Lisa has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

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Martin Payne

Chief Executive Officer

Martin Payne is our Chief Executive Officer, having joined the Board in May 2016 as Chief Financial Officer. Before joining the Group, Martin served as Group Finance Director at Norcros plc, a leading supplier of branded showers, taps, bathroom accessories, tiles and adhesives. His previous experience includes holding senior financial positions at JCB, the construction equipment manufacturer, and at IMI plc, the British based engineering company. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Chairman of the Board of the Construction Products Association, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Durham University.

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Kevin Boyd

Non-Executive Director

Kevin has extensive listed plc experience in the engineering and manufacturing sectors, and brings a strong combination of financial, strategic and multi-organisational expertise to the Board. He was previously the Chief Financial Officer of global engineering group Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc and prior to that Chief Financial Officer of Oxford Instruments plc and Radstone Technology plc. Kevin is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is currently a Non-Executive Director and the Audit Committee Chair of EMIS Group plc and a Non-Executive director of Bodycote plc. Kevin is Chair of the Audit Committee.

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Louise Brooke-Smith

Non-Executive Director

Louise has extensive expertise of the property, construction and infrastructure industry, being an experienced property and planning advisor, past Global President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. She was formerly a partner at Arcadis LLP and is currently Global Development and Strategic Planning Advisor for Consilio Strategic Consultancy Limited. She is currently a Governing Board member of Birmingham City University, Chair of the Board of All We Can (International Relief & Development Agency), a regional Board member of the CBI, a Board Trustee of The Land Trust and a Trustee of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Louise holds a Bachelor of Science from the Sheffield Hallam University and an honorary doctorate, and is a Freeman of the City of London. Louise is our nominated workforce engagement NED.

A large portrait of Mark Hammond

Mark Hammond

Senior Independent Director

Mark Hammond’s executive career spanned over 25 years in banking and private equity, most recently as Deputy Managing Partner of Caird Capital LLP at the time it led the IPO of Polypipe in 2014. He has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland since 1991 and was previously a Director of David Lloyd Leisure Limited and Tuffnell Parcels Express. Mark is currently a Director of Chaffin Holdings Limited and serves as Chair of Governors of Beechwood Park School, Markyate, Hertfordshire. Mark was appointed Senior Independent Director on 22 June 2020.

The role of the Nomination Committee is to establish and maintain a process for appointing new Board members, to manage, in consultation with the Chairman, the succession of the Chief Executive Officer and to support the Board in fulfilling its overall duties.

The Committee comprise the Chairman, all the Non-Executive Directors and the Chief Executive Officer. The Committee is chaired by the Board Chairman except when considering his own re-election. The Committee is supported by a strong Secretariat function and has the full support and advice of the Company Secretary at all times, ensuring it is kept up to date with all recommended guidance, and that it reviews and implements such guidance as appropriate. The Committee focuses on ensuring that individual Directors and the Board as a whole have the necessary experience and skills, as well as identifying whether there are any skills gaps, to support the Company’s strategic direction, and the Board’s ability to successfully oversee its delivery of such strategy. 

The Committee’s main responsibilities are to evaluate the structure, size and composition (including the skills, knowledge, experience and diversity) required of the Board and the Committees; to give full consideration to succession planning of Directors and other senior executives; and to assist with the selection process of new Executive and Non-Executive Directors including the Chairman. The Committee’s Terms of Reference explain the Committee’s role and responsibilities and were reviewed in December 2020 to ensure they remain appropriate. The Terms of Reference can be found here, in the Useful Documents section of our Website.

 

The Company Secretary acts as Secretary to the Committee, and in accordance with its Terms of Reference, the Committee is required to:

 

  • review the structure, size and composition of the Board and make recommendations to the Board, as appropriate;
  • consider succession planning for Directors and other senior executives, taking into account the challenges and opportunities facing the Group and the future skills and expertise needed on the Board;
  • review the leadership needs of the organisation, both Executive and Non-Executive, with a view to ensuring the continued ability of the organisation to compete effectively in the marketplace;
  • identify the balance of skills, knowledge, diversity and experience on the Board;
  • identify and nominate candidates to fill Board vacancies as and when they arise and recommend them for the approval of the Board;
  • review the time commitment required from Non-Executive Directors;
  • review the results of the Board performance evaluation process that relate to the composition of the Board and the Committee’s own performance; and
  • review and approve the Group’s diversity policy and evaluate its effectiveness on a regular basis.

 

To find out more about the activities of the Nomination Committee during the latest financial year, you can read the full Nomination Report in the relevant published Annual Report and Accounts.