Board of Directors

The Board meets at least five times a year and currently comprises a Non-Executive Chairman, five Non-Executive Directors and three Executive Directors.

There's a clear separation of the roles of Chairman and Chief Executive to ensure an appropriate balance of power and authority. The Board is supported by John Downing in his role as Company Secretary.

Mark Williamson, Alison Cooper, Oliver Tant, Matthew Phillips and Steven Stanbrook

Alison Cooper, BSC, ACA

Chief Executive Officer

Skills and experience

Since being appointed as Chief Executive Alison has led the development and implementation of the Group’s sustainable sales growth strategy. Alison joined the Group in 1999 and, through a number of senior roles, has contributed significantly to the international expansion of the Group.

Appointment

Appointed Director in July 2007. Appointed Chief Executive in May 2010.

External appointments

Non-Executive Director, Inchcape plc since July 2009.

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Oliver Tant, BSc, CA (Scotland)

Chief Financial Officer

Skills and experience

Oliver held a number of senior positions in a 32 year career at KPMG, including Global Managing Director Financial Advisory and Private Equity Division and Head of UK Audit. He was also a member of both the UK and German boards of KPMG. He brings to Imperial international experience in change management, organisational restructuring, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.

Appointment

Appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2013 and became Chief Financial Officer in November 2013.

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Matthew Phillips, LLB

Chief Development Officer

Skills and experience

Matthew held a number of senior roles prior to his appointment to the Board as Corporate Affairs Director in June 2012 and has been integral to the development and implementation of the Group's strategy. In his current role he is responsible for Fontem Ventures, corporate development and corporate, legal and regulatory affairs.  

Appointment

Appointed Director in June 2012. Appointed Chief Development Officer, June 2015.

 

 

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Presentations and interviews

Acquisition of US assets completed

15 June 2015

Investor Day presentations

12 July 2011

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Mark Williamson, CA (SA)

Chairman of the Board

Skills and experience

Mark is a qualified accountant, who brings considerable financial and general managerial experience to our Board. Mark was Chief Financial Officer of International Power plc until 2012 and is experienced in managing relationships with the investor and financial communities. Prior to joining International Power plc, Mark was Group Financial Controller and Group Chief Accountant of Simon Group.

Appointment

Mark joined the Board in July 2007 and was appointed Senior Independent Non-Executive Director in February 2012. He was subsequently appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board in January 2013 before being made Chairman in February 2014.

Committee membership

Chairman of the Succession and Nominations Committee.

External appointments

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and chairman of the Audit Committee of National Grid plc.

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Presentations and interviews

Annual General Meeting

03 February 2016

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David Haines

Non-Executive Director

Skills and experience

David brings considerable senior level board experience and is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Grohe Group Sàrl and Chief Executive Officer of Lixil Water Technology Group and he joined Grohe in 2004 from Vodafone Group PLC where he was Global Marketing Director. He is also a former Chairman of Vimpelcom A/O.

Appointment

Appointed Non-Executive Director in February 2012 and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee in April 2012.

Committee membership

Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Succession and Nominations Committee and the Audit Committee.

External appointments

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Grohe Group Sàrl and Chief Executive Officer of Lixil Water Technology Group.

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David Haines, Michael Herlihy, Karen Witts, Oliver Tant, Malcolm Wyman and John Downing

Michael Herlihy, MA (Oxon), Solicitor

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Skills and experience

Michael is General Counsel for Smiths Group plc. He was formerly General Counsel and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions for ICI plc with overall responsibility for corporate acquisitions and divestments and has extensive experience of both private and public market transactions.

Appointment

Appointed Non-Executive Director in July 2007. In February 2014 he was appointed as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director.

Committee membership

Member of the Succession and Nominations Committee, the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee. 

External appointments

Serves on the board of Compass Partners International LLP and is currently General Counsel of Smiths Group plc. 

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Steven Stanbrook

Non-Executive Director

Skills and experience

Steven brings considerable international executive experience to the Board, gained in a number of FMCG companies. This includes 18 years at SC Johnson & Sons Inc., most recently as Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for managing their international operations. Previously, Steven held senior positions at Sara Lee Corporation, including as Chief Executive Officer of Sara Lee Bakery and at CompuServe Corp. He is also a former Non-Executive Director of Chiquita Brands International, Inc. and Hewitt Associates.

Appointment

Appointed Non-Executive Director in February 2016

Committee membership

Member of the Audit Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Succession and Nominations Committee.

 

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Karen Witts, FCA

Non-Executive Director

Skills and experience

Karen brings significant financial and management expertise to the Board. She is currently Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Kingfisher plc and was previously Chief Financial Officer of the Africa, Middle East, Asia and Asia Pacific Region, at Vodafone plc. Prior to that, Karen held a number of senior positions at BT, including Chief Financial Officer of BT Retail and Managing Director Operations Openreach. 

Appointment

Appointed Non-Executive Director in February 2014.

Committee membership

Member of the Succession and Nominations Committee, the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee. 

External appointments

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Kingfisher plc.

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Malcolm Wyman, CA (SA)

Non-Executive Director

Skills and experience

As a qualified accountant and former Chief Financial Officer of SAB Miller plc, with responsibility for the group’s financial operations, corporate finance and development and group strategy, Malcolm brings not only a wealth of financial expertise but also considerable general management experience to the Board. He also meets the recent and relevant financial experience requirements of the UK Corporate Governance Code.

Appointment

Appointed Non-Executive Director in October 2011 and Chairman of the Audit Committee in February 2012.

Committee membership

Chairman of the Audit Committee; and Member of the Succession and Nominations Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

External appointments

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and chairman of the Audit Committee of Nedbank Group Limited, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and a Non-Executive Director and chairman of the Audit Committee of Serco Group plc.

 

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John Downing, MA, Solicitor

Company Secretary

Skills and experience

John joined Imperial in 2005 having worked for the law firm Linklaters. He has had a number of senior legal roles in Imperial and was appointed Head of Group Legal in 2010 and played a leading role in the Altadis acquisition. He has considerable experience in managing key corporate projects related to financing, business development and other commercial matters.

Appointment

Appointed Company Secretary in June 2012.

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