Philip Yea joined the Board as an independent non-executive Director and Chairman Designate on 3 July 2017 and succeeded Kevin Beeston as Chairman of the Board and Nomination Committee in September 2017. Philip has considerable executive experience in both the quoted and private equity sectors, having been chief executive of 3i Group plc from 2004 to 2009. He is a former finance director of Diageo plc and, as finance director of Guinness PLC, was closely involved in the creation of Diageo through Guinness's merger with GrandMet in 1997. Philip has been Chairman of Greene King plc since May 2016, is a non-executive Director of Aberdeen Standard Asia Focus plc and Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings) Ltd. Philip was previously senior independent director at Vodafone Group Public Limited Company, and more recently at Computacenter PLC, and an independent director and trustee of The Francis Crick Institute.
Guy Wakeley joined the Board as Chief Executive in January 2014. He holds an MA in Engineering Science from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in applications of artificial intelligence to engineering design, and is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, an FCA Approved Person and a commercial pilot and flight instructor and examiner. Previously Guy was Chief Executive of Morrison plc for five years and has held divisional leadership positions with Amey, The Berkeley Group, General Electric and Rolls-Royce. Guy is a non-executive Director of HgCapital Trust plc and a member of the CBI’s Public Services Strategy Board.
John Stier joined the Group in June 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants with a background in corporate finance. John was previously the Chief Financial Officer of Northgate Information Solutions Ltd (NIS) for over ten years. NIS was a FTSE 250 organisation until 2007, when the business was acquired by KKR, the US private equity firm. Prior to this, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Subterra Ltd, a subsidiary of Thames Water Plc which delivered engineering services to businesses across Europe.
Darren Pope joined the Board as an independent non-executive Director on 1 December 2016 and succeeded Victoria Jarman as Senior Independent Director on 3 May 2018 following the conclusion of the 2018 Annual General Meeting. Darren is a qualified accountant with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, the majority of which has been spent in retail financial services. Most recently Darren served as CFO of TSB Bank plc, having led the initial stages of its separation from Lloyds Banking Group. He has held a number of other senior positions at Lloyds Banking Group, Cheltenham & Gloucester plc, Egg plc and Prudential plc, and is Audit Chair and a non-executive Director of Virgin Money Holdings (UK) plc and a director of the subsidiary Virgin Bank. Darren is Chair of Equiniti’s Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination and Risk Committees.
Alison Burns joined the Board as an independent non-executive Director on 1 April 2018 and is a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees. Alison has held executive and non-executive roles within Aviva plc, including the position of CEO of Aviva Ireland. She has extensive financial services experience, gained in senior roles with Santander, Bupa, Lloyds TSB and AXA UK, and brings strong leadership and executive management experience within the insurance sector. Alison is a non-executive Director of Hastings plc where she is a member of their remuneration and risk committees.
Sally-Ann Hibberd was appointed to the Board as an independent non-executive Director in August 2016 and has a broad background in financial services and technology. She previously served as COO of the International division and latterly as Group Operations and Technology Director of Willis Group, and held a number of senior executive roles at Lloyds TSB. Sally-Ann is a non-executive Director of IG Group Holdings plc where she is a member of their remuneration and audit committees. She is also a non-executive member of the governing body of Loughborough University and an advisory board member of OEE Consulting. Sally-Ann is Chair of Equiniti’s Risk Committee and a member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.
Dr Tim Miller joined the Board as an independent non-executive Director in February 2015. Tim has extensive experience as a board level executive across a range of sectors. During his 14 years at Standard Chartered Bank, he held a number of director level positions with global responsibility for areas including human resources, compliance, audit, assurance, financial crime and legal. Tim is currently non-executive Director of Otis Gold Corporation, a Toronto Stock Exchange Listed company, and Clarkson plc, where he is their remuneration committee chair, and is Chairman of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He is also a non-executive Director of Equiniti Financial Services Limited, the Group’s most significant FCA regulated entity. Tim is Chair of Equiniti’s Remuneration Committee and a member of the Risk and Nomination Committees.
Mark Brooker was appointed to the Board as an independent non-executive Director on 1 November 2018 and is a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees. Mark’s executive career has involved senior roles in technology-centric businesses, including Betfair where he was Chief Operating Officer and Trainline where he held a similar role, providing strong management and operations experience. Prior to his executive roles, Mark worked in the financial services sector, latterly as a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, gaining significant corporate-broking experience. In addition to his Equiniti role, Mark is currently a non-executive Director of AA plc and William Hill plc.
Cheryl Millington was appointed to the Board as an independent non-executive Director on 1 November 2018 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committees. Cheryl has deep technology and leadership experience through her senior leadership roles in technology across a variety of sectors, including financial services and retail, most recently as Chief Digital Officer at Travis Perkins and IT Director at Waitrose. Her prior roles include CIO at Asda and senior line management roles in retail at HBOS. Cheryl was previously an independent non-executive Director of National Savings and Investments. In addition to her Equiniti role, Cheryl is also a non-executive Director of Atom Bank plc.