Appointment: Appointed to the Board in May 2005 and became Chairman at the end of September 2005.
Key strengths and experience: Considerable board and international experience and a broad knowledge of strategic management. Martin formerly held various senior executive positions over 36 years with Coats plc, culminating in a period as Chairman before his retirement in 2004, and he was Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of Severn Trent Plc until June 2006. In 2010 he retired as Chairman of Autogrill Holdings UK Plc (formerly Alpha Group Plc). In 2014 he retired as Senior Independent Director of Morgan Advanced Materials plc.
External appointments: Chairman of Low & Bonar PLC
Committee membership: Chairman of the Nomination Committee, member of the Remuneration Committee.
Appointment: Appointed to the Board in June 2009 and Senior Independent Director since August 2011.
Key strengths and experience: Considerable City experience having spent over 35 years as a corporate financier in the UK and USA. Most recently Nigel was the Chairman of Numis Securities Ltd and Deputy Chairman of Numis Corporation plc from December 2005 until his retirement in November 2007. From 2000 until 2005 he was with ABN AMRO with responsibility for the Global Corporate Finance and Global Equities Divisions. Between 1985 and 2000 he was with Lazard Brothers in London and New York where he was Managing Director and a member of the Supervisory Board of the Lazard Group.
External appointments: Senior Independent Director of Genus plc since 2008.
Committee membership: Member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Appointment: Appointed to the Board in February 2014.
Key strengths and experience: Wealth of experience in consumer marketing and innovative product development. Helena worked for Unilever for 23 years and held senior positions in brand management, consumer marketing and strategy development. Helena has a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge.
External appointments: Helena is a Non-Executive Director of Greggs plc and runs a consulting business working with a range of organisations helping them to develop and implement strategies.
Committee membership: Member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees
Appointment: Appointed to the Board as Chief Technology Officer in February 2012.
Key strengths and experience: Deep understanding of chemical innovation and broad operational and management experience. Keith joined Croda in 1984 and is currently responsible for global Research and Development, and the Technology Investment Group. Previously he held a number of Managing Director roles across Croda’s European business.
External appointments: Keith represents Croda as a member of the advisory board for chemistry at the Universities of Nottingham and York, and is a member of the Innovation Strategy Board for Chemistry Innovation. He is a Representative of the Council of the Learning and Teaching Committee, University of Sheffield, and in 2014 was appointed as a Trustee and member of Council at the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Committee membership: Member of the Group Executive, Risk Management and Group SHEQ Steering Committees.
Appointment: Appointed to the Board in July 2011.
Key strengths and experience: Extensive international financial management and board experience. Alan was Chief Financial Officer and a Director of Lonmin Plc until December 2010. Prior to that he was Group Finance Director of The BOC Group until 2006. Before then he spent 22 years in a variety of roles at Inchcape plc, including 6 years as Group Finance Director from 1999. Alan is a Chartered Accountant.
External appointments: Has been a Non-Executive Director of Johnson Matthey PLC since January 2011 and was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of The Weir Group PLC in December 2011. He chairs the Audit Committees at both of these companies and is the Senior Independent Director at Johnson Matthey.
Committee membership: Chairman of the Audit Committee, member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.