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Jeffrey Nodland

Jeffrey Nodland
Chairman

Member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination sub-committees.

Appointed: June 2019

Skills and experience: Jeffrey has 11 years’ experience in consumer chemicals manufacturing, including both private label and contract manufacturing activities.

He was most recently President and CEO of KIK Custom Products, retiring in February 2019 after eleven years in the role. KIK is one of North America’s largest independent manufacturers of consumer packaged goods, including personal care, branded and private label household care, automotive chemicals and pool and spa chemicals. KIK also had important activities in the EU in their automotive and pool and spa care business units. During that time Jeff led the financial turnaround and growth of the business both organically and via acquisition.

Previously, Jeff held executive positions at specialty chemical businesses including Hexion Speciality Chemicals, Inc., McWhorter Technologies and The Valspar Corporation, with responsibility for activities at a number of chemical plants in Europe.

Other roles: Independent Non-Executive Director of EcoSynthetix. He is also a board member of the Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Ludwig de Mot

Ludwig de Mot
Chief Executive Officer

Appointed: November 2019

Skills and experience: Ludwig has strong commercial and operational expertise and brings a wealth of international experience in manufacturing and selling. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian mining operation of ArcelorMittal. Prior to ArcelorMittal, Ludwig spent 12 years in senior executive positions at the Lhoist Group, the global minerals and lime producer, including President and Chief Executive Officer of its European, North American and Asian operations, where he successfully grew the business through a combination of organic growth, restructuring and selective acquisitions.

Ludwig worked for 10 years in senior management roles across Europe with SCA Packaging, and in his early career held positions at Schaeffler and Saint-Gobain.

Chris Smith

Chris Smith
Chief Finance Officer

Appointed: January 2015

Skills and experience: Chris is a chartered accountant and has more than 25 years' experience working in manufacturing businesses in highly competitive industries across the UK, Europe and the Far East.

From 2008 to 2014, Chris was Group Finance Director at API Group plc, the AIM‑listed specialty metallic film, foil and laminates producer. Other previous roles have included Scapa plc, where he was Finance and IT Director for Europe & Asia and also a number of senior finance roles at Courtaulds plc, where he gained extensive international experience, including overseas positions based in Germany and Hong Kong.

Steve Hannam

Steve Hannam
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination sub-committees.

Appointed: February 2013

Skills and experience: Steve brings extensive experience of independent Board level scrutiny, having held a number of positions as Chairman and Non‑Executive Director in listed companies during his career, as well as senior executive positions both internationally and in the UK. Steve brings diversity of style, skill and experience and makes him ideally suited for the role of Senior Independent Director, ensuring a challenging mindset when setting and monitoring implementation of the Group's strategy.

Steve's previous positions have included Chairman of Aviagen International Inc, Non‑Executive Director of Clariant AG and AZ Electronic Materials Services Limited, Group Chief Executive of BTP Chemicals plc and, most recently, Chairman of Devro plc and Senior Independent Director of Low & Bonar plc.

Neil Harrington

Neil Harrington
Independent Non-Executive Director

Chairman of the Audit and member of the Nomination and Remuneration sub-committees.

Appointed: January 2012

Neil, a chartered accountant, brings a strong financial background, having operated as an executive Group Finance Director in a range of global consumer‑facing businesses under both PLC and Private Equity ownership, with extensive experience of operating internationally. In particular, Neil has lead complex corporate finance transactions including acquisitions, disposals and corporate restructures, where his wealth of knowledge in debt structuring, financing, investment and banking facilities has been invaluable.

Neil has held senior finance roles in a number of global listed companies, including ASDA/Walmart Stores Inc., Barclays Bank plc, French Connection Group plc and Mothercare PLC. In his previous role Neil was CFO of Cath Kidston Group Limited. Neil’s financial background and expertise leave him eminently suitable to hold the role of Audit Committee Chair.

Other roles: Chief Financial Officer of Medivet Limited since 2019.

Igor Kuzniar

Igor Kuzniar
Non-Executive Director

Member of the Nomination Committee

Chairman of the Nomination and member of the Remuneration sub-committees
Appointed: July 2007
Skills and experience: Group Chief Executive of Taylor Woodrow plc from 2002 to 2006. Chief Executive of Bass Leisure and then Chief Executive of Bass Brewers and Bass International Brewers. Following the sale of the Bass beer business in 2000, Vice President UK and Ireland for Interbrew SA until August 2001.
External appointments: Chairman of Imperial Tobacco Group plc and John Menzies plc, and a non-executive director of William Grant & Sons Holdings Limited and Molson Coors Brewing Company (a US quoted company).

Appointed: June 2019

Skills and experience: Igor brings a strong background in finance, operational efficiency and strategy. He has 12 years’ experience as an investor in mid-sized European companies. He also has experience as a management consultant advising multinational corporations across various industries.

In 2013, Igor co-founded Teleios Capital Partners. Teleios is an investment firm that acquires ownership positions in European public companies, seeking to help them maximise their long-term potential by working constructively with management and other shareholders. Prior to Teleios, he was a Partner at the investment firm Octavian Advisors and a management consultant for McKinsey & Company.

Other roles: Managing Partner, Teleios Capital Partners GmbH

Sandra Turner

Sandra Turner
Independent Non-Executive Director

Chair of the Remuneration and member of the Audit and Nomination sub-committees

Appointed: August 2011

Skills and experience: Sandra brings extensive consumer business insight and experience, from both a retailer and supplier perspective. She was a member of the senior management team of Tesco, one of the Group's major customers, for over 20 years, holding executive, commercial and operational roles in the UK and Ireland, latterly as Commercial Director of Tesco Ireland between 2003 and 2009.

Since that time Sandra has been appointed a Non‑Executive Director to a number of listed companies supplying into the FMCG sector, including previously Northern Foods plc. Also, as Remuneration Committee Chair of three listed companies, Sandra brings a broad knowledge, understanding and awareness of this continuously changing field and the importance of linking the Company's strategy and performance to executive remuneration.

Other roles: Non-Executive Director and Chair of Remuneration Non-Executive Director of Huhtamäki Oyj, Non-Executive Director of Greene King plc and Senior Independent Director of Greggs plc. Also, Sandra is the Vice Chair of a large independent school.

Elizabeth McMeikan

Elizabeth McMeikan
Independent Non-Executive Director

Member of the Remuneration, Audit and Nomination sub-committees

Appointed: November 2019

Skills and experience: Liz has extensive experience within the consumer goods and retail sectors, including senior management roles in operations and marketing at Colgate Palmolive and Tesco.

Previously Liz was Senior Independent Director at J.D. Wetherspoon plc and Remuneration Committee chair at Flybe plc.

Other roles: Senior Independent Director at Unite Group plc, a Non-Executive Director of Dalata Hotel Group plc and a Non-Executive Director of private company Fresca Group, where she chairs the Audit Committee.

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