Appointment: Appointed to the Board in March 2015 and Chairman since September 2015.
Key strengths and experience:Anita has been on plc boards for 20 years and has extensive leadership and international experience, together with a broad knowledge of strategic management across a range of sectors including specialty chemicals. Anita was chairman of Victrex plc until 2014 and Senior Independent Director of Aberdeen Asset Management and IMI PLC. She has held executive director roles at Abbott Mead Vickers and WPP Group as well as various investment and marketing roles at Scottish Provident Institute and The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc.
External appointments: Anita is 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.
Appointment: Appointed to the Board in July 2010 and Group Chief Executive since the beginning of 2012.
Key strengths and experience: Strong business, operational and strategic leadership, wide-ranging sales and marketing experience. Steve joined Croda as a graduate trainee in 1990 and has held a number of senior management positions in the Group, becoming President of Croda Europe in July 2010. Prior to this, Steve held a number of Managing Director roles across Croda’s European business.
External appointments: Chairman of the Chemical Growth Partnership (CGP).
Committee membership: Chairman of the Group Executive and Group Finance Committees, member of Group SHEQ Steering Committees.
Alan Ferguson, Non-Executive Director (Senior Independent Director)
Appointment: Appointed to the Board in July 2011 and Senior Independent Director since April 2018.
Key strengths and experience: Extensive international financial management and board experience. Alan was a Non-Executive Director of The Weir Group Plc until April 2019 and 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: Alan is Senior Independent Director of Johnson Matthey Plc and Senior Independent Director of Marshall Motor Holdings Plc, an AIM listed company. He chairs the Audit Committee at both these companies. With effect from October 2018 Alan has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of AngloGold Ashanti Limited. Alan sits on the Business Policy Panel 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 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.
Helena is a Non-Executive Director of Greggs Plc. She runs a consulting business working with a range of organisations, helping them to develop and implement strategies.
Committee membership: Chairman of Remuneration Committee, member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.
Appointment: Appointed to the Board in 2012 and Non-Executive Director since May 2017.
Key strengths and experience: Deep understanding of chemical innovation and broad operational and management experience. Keith joined Croda in 1984 and was appointed to the Board as Chief Technology Officer in February 2012. Until January 2016 he was responsible for the Technology Investment Group. Up until his retirement in April 2017 he was responsible for global R&D and was also President Life Sciences.
External appointments: Keith is an Honorary Professor of Chemistry and Industry at the University of Nottingham and represents Croda as a member of the advisory board for chemistry at the Universities of Nottingham and York. At the University of Sheffield he serves as a member of Council, a Representative of the Learning and Teaching Committee, Careers Advisory Board and Alumni Board. 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 Nomination Committee.
to the Board in April 2018.
strengths and experience: Roberto
brings with him a wealth of experience in operations and strategy having worked
in a number of international roles over the last 20 years.Up until February 2018 he was Chief Executive
Officer of Optegra International Limited, the international eye healthcare
company.Before that he spent seven
years at Sodexo, where he played a critical role in the company’s
transformation and growth, working in a variety of roles,
including in strategy and later as Group COO and as Country CEO of their French
business.Prior to that Roberto worked
as a consultant at Mckinsey & Company across many different areas and
Committee membership: Member
of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Appointment: Appointed to the Board as Group Finance Director in January 2015.
Key strengths and experience: Extensive experience in financial management, and acquisitions and disposals, and a wealth of experience working in the speciality chemical sector. Jez was Group Finance Director at National Express Group Plc from 2008 to 2014. Prior to that, he was Group Finance Director at Northern Foods Plc and he has been Chief Financial Officer at British Vita Plc as well as Group Finance Director at Hickson International Plc, both listed speciality chemical companies. Former Chairman of the Audit Committee and Senior Independent Director of Synthomer Plc. Jez is a fellow of the CIMA.
External appointments: Non-Executive Director and Audit and Risk Committee chairman of PZ Cussons plc.
Committee membership: Chairman of the Risk Management Committee, member of the Group Executive and Group Finance Committees.
Key strengths and experience: Extensive industry, legal and board experience. Steve was General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Unilever plc and Unilever NV from 1986 until 2010. From 2004 until 2010 he was Senior Independent Director of Arriva Plc. From 1995 until 2004 he was a Non-Executive Director of Bunzl plc. Up until June 2017 Steve was a Non-Executive Director of Whitbread PLC where he was also Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.
External appointments: Steve is a Non-Executive Director of Eversheds LLP and a senior adviser to Spencer Stuart LLP. He is Deputy Chairman of the De La Warr Pavilion Charitable Trust, a member of the Board of Leverhulme Trust and Deputy Chairman Moorfields NHS Trust.
Committee membership: Member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.
Tom Brophy, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary
Appointment: Appointed as Secretary to the Board in December 2012.
Key strengths and experience: Tom is a solicitor and has responsibility for legal affairs, corporate governance, insurance and human resources. Prior to joining Croda, Tom spent seven years at Wolseley Plc in a number of legal and governance roles, including as Deputy General Counsel and Company Secretary. Before then he worked as a corporate lawyer at City law firm Hogan Lovells.
Committee membership: Secretary to the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees, Chairman of the Ethics Committee, member of the Group Executive and Risk Management Committees.
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