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Kevin Boyd

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Chair of the Nomination Committee

Kevin Boyd was first appointed to the Board in September 2020 and became Independent Non-Executive Chairman on 1 November 2022. 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 and until October 2023 was Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Emis Group plc. Kevin has a B’Eng from Queen’s University Belfast, 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 Bodycote plc, and Non-Executive Director of Galliford Try Holdings plc. Kevin is Chair of the Nomination Committee.

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Louise Brooke-Smith

Non-Executive Director

Louise Brooke-Smith has extensive expertise of the property, construction and infrastructure industries, 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, and a Board Member of L&Q Group. Louise holds a Bachelor of Science from the Sheffield Hallam University and honorary doctorates from Wolverhampton, Sheffield Hallam and Birmingham City Universities. She is a Freeman of the City of London and was awarded an OBE in 2019 for services to the built environment and diversity. Louise is our nominated workforce engagement NED.

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Lisa Scenna

Senior Independent Director

Lisa Scenna 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 roles being with the Morgan Sindall Group as Managing Director of MS Investments and as a Non-Executive Director of Ingenia Communities Group, an Australian listed company. 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 Harworth Group plc, Gore Street Energy Storage Fund plc, and Cromwell Property Group (an Australian listed company). Lisa is also Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee for Dexus Capital Funds Management Limited. 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. Lisa is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and was appointed Senior Independent Director on 7 March 2023.

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Shatish Dasani

Non-Executive Director

Shatish Dasani is an experienced former FTSE Chief Financial Officer and current Audit Committee Chair of UK publicly listed companies, with a career in financial roles spanning over 30 years. He was previously Chief Financial Officer of TT Electronics plc, a global manufacturer of electronic components and Forterra plc, a manufacturer of building products for the UK construction industry. Shatish was previously Non-Executive Director of Camelot Group plc and at Network Rail, and his historic and current experience within the construction industry, manufacturing, and engineering sectors as well as finance expertise brings further invaluable knowledge, experience and skills to the Board. Shatish is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has an MBA. He is currently Senior Independent Director of Renew Holdings plc and Non-Executive Director at SIG plc and Speedy Hire plc, and chairs the Audit & Risk Committee of each of these companies. He is also a Trustee and Board Chair at UNICEF UK, the children's charity. Shatish is Chair of the Audit Committee.

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Bronagh Kennedy

Non-Executive Director

Bronagh Kennedy was the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of Severn Trent Plc from 2011 to 2022, and as part of her role she was also responsible for compliance and regulatory assurance and the group’s corporate sustainability programme. During her career she has worked across several sectors including finance, leisure and hospitality and she has a very broad range of corporate experience, including as HR Director of Mitchells & Butlers plc. Bronagh was previously a Non-Executive Director of Wolseley (Ferguson plc carve-out prior to its disposal), and is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of Treatt plc.

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 comprises the Chairman, all the Non-Executive Directors and the Chief Executive Officer. The Chief People Officer also attends the meeting by invitation. 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 are reviewed each year 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.