Biography


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Board and Trustee Experience

Oct 2019 –
present
Chairman, Lowell Group
Lowell is one of Europe’s largest credit management companies. It is backed by global private equity firm Permira and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
Mar 2018 –
present
Non Executive Director and Chair Risk Committee Link Group
Link Group administers financial ownership data and drives user engagement, analysis and insight through technology. Delivering complete solutions for companies, large asset owners and trustees across the globe.
April 2019 –
present
Senior Independent Director Airtel Africa
Airtel is driven by the vision of providing affordable and innovative mobile services to all. The Company has operations in 14 countries across Africa
April 2017 –
present
Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission
The NIC aims to be the UK’s most credible, forward-thinking and influential voice on infrastructure policy and strategy
Oct 2017 –
present
Trustee WWF-UK
WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation. Our mission is to create a world where people and wildlife can thrive together.
Feb 2017 –
present
Vice Chair Disasters Emergency Committee
The DEC brings 14 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis. Launching appeals to raise money to help those impacted by disaster, making sure that funds reach those that need them most
Oct 2014 –
Sept 2019
Chairman IG Group.
July 2009 –
Sept 2019
President U.K. Space
Co-Chair of Space Leadership Council
July 2013 –
May 2019
Chairman Digital Catapult
2013 –
April 2019
Advisor npGroup An International search and consulting company
2010 –
Sept 2018
Deputy Chairman (previously Chairman), The Tech Partnership
2012 –
Oct 2016
Chairman, Dockon Inc. (now Quantal RF
A San Diego based wireless technology company
2011 –
Sept 2016
Senior Independent Director, ARM Holdings plc.
The world’s leading IP semi-conductor business
2007 –
June 2016
Board Member, CBI and CBI President’s Committee
1994 –
2008
Various NED roles in US, Hong Kong, Germany and UK: Navteq Inc. (Chicago) (Mapping Co., sold to Nokia for $8bn); Cellnet (UK) led buy out of minority shareholder and 3G Auction; Viag Interkom (Germany), fixed/mobile start-up; Smartone (Hong Kong), mobile operator; Open (UK), a JV between Sky, BT and others to launch digital broadcast services.

Executive Career

2008 –
2012
Logica plc Group CEO.
A £4bn turnover, 40,000 people, business and IT service operation in 43 countries. Successfully sold to CGI in August 2012.
1986 –
2007
BT Group plc.
A UK based global telecoms operator. (plc Board Member from 2001-2007)
2007 CEO Group Strategy & Operations, Chief Transformation Officer.
Responsible for a Group-wide reorganisation project, Group strategy, planning and change management, and all Network and IT operations.
2001 –
2007
CEO BT Global Services.
Global Networking and IT Service Provider which was transformed from a massively loss making £4bn turnover operation to a £9bn turnover profitable division, operating globally, through a combination of organic growth and 18 acquisitions.
2000 –
2001
CEO BTOpenworld.
Successful launch of Broadband and Genie, a Mobile ISP, with market share driven business growth of c.90% pa.
1994 –
2000
Group Director Strategy & Development.
Led two reorganisations and the building of global mobile and internet operations, where BT had been seriously lagging.
1984 –
1986
Deloitte Haskins & Sells
Marketing Consultant
1976 –
1984
Shell International Chemical Co.
Product Manager and Sales Representative

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

1976 Leeds, BSc Chemical Engineering, 1st Class Honours
1966 –
1973
King Edward’s School, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Foundation Scholar