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: Broad City experience having spent over 35 years as a corporate financier. Nigel was the Chairman of Numis Securities Ltd and Deputy Chairman of Numis Corporation Plc from 2005 until his retirement in 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 where he was Managing Director and a member of the Supervisory Board.
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 People Against Dirty. She 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 responsible for global R&D and is President Life Sciences. Until January 2016 he was responsible for the Technology Investment Group.
External appointments: Keith represents Croda as a member of the advisory board for chemistry at the Universities of Nottingham and York. He is a Representative of the Learning and Teaching Committee, Careers Advisory Board and Alumni Board at the University of Sheffield. Keith is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Trustee and member of Council at the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Committee membership: Member of the Group Executive, Group Finance, 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 six years as Group Finance Director from 1999. Alan is a Chartered Accountant.
External appointments: Alan is Senior Independent Director of Johnson Matthey Plc and Non-Executive Director of The Weir Group Plc. He chairs the Audit Committees at both of these companies. Alan is also the Senior Independent Director of Marshall Motor Holdings Plc, an AIM listed company, where he chairs the Audit Committee. Alan sits on the Business Policy Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Committee membership: Chairman of the Audit Committee, member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Appointment: Appointed to the Board in March 2015.
Key strengths and experience: Extensive board, leadership and international experience, together with a broad knowledge of strategic management across a range of sectors including speciality chemicals. Anita was Chairman of Vitrex Plc until 2014 and Senior Independent Director of Aberdeen Asset Management Plc and IMI Plc. She has held executive director roles at Abbott Mead Vickers Plc and WPP Group Plc, as well as various investment and marketing roles at Scottish Provident Institute and The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc.
External appointments: Anita is currently Deputy Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group PLC and a Non-Executive Director of BHP Billiton PLC and BHP Billiton Limited.
Committee membership: Chairman of the Nomination Committee and Member of the Remuneration Committee.