Dr Martin Read, CBE

Dr Martin Read, CBE

Chairman. MA, DPhil, FIET.

Appointed to the Board: 28 February 2014

Committee Membership: Nomination Committee (Chairman) and Remuneration Committee

Appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 28 February 2014, and as Chairman in May 2014. Martin is also Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee. Martin is Chairman of the two Government owned companies (the Low Carbon Contracts Company and the Electricity Settlements Company) which manage contracts and payments under the electricity market reform programme. He is Chairman of the Remuneration Consultants Group, the UK Government Senior Salaries Review Body and a Non-Executive Director of Lloyds of London. Martin was Chief Executive of international IT services company, Logica, from 1993 to 2007 and has served as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of Invensys, Aegis Group, British Airways, Siemens Holdings, Boots, Asda and the UK Government Efficiency and Reform Board. He led UK Government reviews on back office operations and IT across the public sector (2009) and management information (2012).

Mike Parker, CBE

Tony Quinlan

Chief Executive. BSc, ACA.

Appointed to the Board: 28 July 2015

Tony joined Laird in July 2015 as the Chief Financial Officer and was appointed as Chief Executive on 5 September 2016. Tony brings a wealth of financial, strategic and listed company experience to the Board. He was formerly Group Finance Director of Drax Group plc where he also held a number of commercial and non-financial roles. Prior to this, he worked at Marks & Spencer where he held a number of senior positions within Internal Audit, Corporate Finance, Investor Relations and Financial Control, including Director of Finance, the deputy to the Group Finance Director. Tony is also Vice Chairman of the Port of London Authority (PLA), where he chairs the Audit Committee.

Mike Parker, CBE

Kevin Dangerfield

Chief Financial Officer. BSc, ACA

Appointed to the Board: 17 October 2016

Kevin joined Laird on 17 October 2016 as Chief Financial Officer. Kevin was most recently Chief Financial Officer of Morgan Advanced Materials plc from 2006 until 2016, prior to which he had been Group Financial Controller since 2000. He also served as Interim Chief Executive in 2015. He is a strong, commercial CFO with broad exposure to complex global manufacturing businesses. He previously worked for London International Group PLC and Virgin Retail Europe Limited where he held a number of senior positions, including European Finance Manager for Virgin Retail Europe Group and Group Finance Operations Manager for London International Group plc. Kevin is currently a Non-Executive Director of e2v Technologies plc and Chair of their Audit Committee.

Paula Bell

Paula Bell

Non-Executive Director. FCMA, CGMA.

Appointed to the Board: 2 March 2012

Committee Membership: Audit Committee (Chair)

Paula was appointed a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee in March 2012 and was Senior Independent Director from 31 August 2013 until 3 March 2015. Paula is the Chief Financial Officer of Spirent Communications plc and was appointed to their Board as an Executive Director in September 2016. Previously Paula was Chief Financial Officer of John Menzies Plc from 2013, and Group Finance Director of Ricardo Plc between 2006 and 2013. Paula has extensive strategic financial and commercial experience from large listed global companies, BAA Plc, AWG Plc and at Rolls Royce Plc she led growth plans into emerging regions through M & A and setting up manufacturing plants as Business Development Director for their Transmission and Distribution business. Paula is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Accountants.

Sir Christopher Hum, KCMG

Sir Christopher Hum, KCMG

Non-Executive Director. MA.

Appointed to the Board: 1 December 2006

Committee Membership: Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee

Appointed in 2006, Sir Christopher is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees. Sir Christopher retired as Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 2012. He was British Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, having previously served as HM Ambassador Warsaw and Deputy Under-Secretary of State for North Asia and the Pacific, and earlier as Head of the Hong Kong Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Mike Parker, CBE

Mike Parker, CBE

Senior Independent Director. BSc, MBA, FEI, FEChemE.

Appointed to the Board: 3 March 2015

Committee Membership: Remuneration Committee (Chairman), Audit Committee and Nomination Committee

Mike Parker was appointed a Non-Executive Director with effect from 3 March 2015 and succeeded Paula Bell as Senior Independent Director (SID). He was appointed Chairman of the Remuneration Committee in April 2016 and is a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees. Mike’s main executive career was in the Dow Chemical Company between 1968 to 2002 where he worked internationally, particularly in North America and Asia, rising to become Chief Executive Officer. He was Chief Executive Officer of British Nuclear Fuels from 2003 to 2009 and he served as the SID on the Board of Invensys Plc from 2006 to 2013. He was a Non-Executive Director of SNC-Lavalin Inc , a publicly quoted Canadian company until 2016. Mike is currently SID of publicly quoted company PV Crystalox Plc. In November 2014, Mike was awarded the recognition of Citizen of Honour for the City of Liverpool.

NATHALIE RACHOU

Non-Executive Director.

Appointed to the Board: 1 January 2016

Committee Membership: Audit Committee

Nathalie Rachou was appointed to the Board with effect from 1 January 2016 and is a member of the Audit Committee. Nathalie’s strong financial experience combined with considerable knowledge on Risk and Audit and M&A processes are a valuable contribution to the Board. Nathalie is a Non-Executive Director of Société Générale, where she chairs the Risk Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. She is also a Non-Executive Director and member of the Audit Committee of Veolia Environnement and Altran Technologies. Nathalie worked for Banque Indosuez (later renamed Crédit Agricole Indosuez) until 1999 when she left to form her own company, Topiary Finance, which subsequently merged with Rouvier Associés in 2014. She continues to act as Senior Adviser to Rouvier Associés.

Mike Parker, CBE

Kjersti Wiklund

Non-Executive Director. MA, MSc.

Appointed to the Board: 1 July 2015

Committee Membership: Audit Committee

Kjersti Wiklund was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 1 July 2015 and is a member of the Audit Committee. Kjersti brings considerable experience of the international technology sector and global industry. She has held a series of senior global roles, including Director, Group Technology Operations of Vodafone, Chief Operating Officer of VimpelCom Russia, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Kyivstar in Ukraine, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Digi Telecommunications in Malaysia, and Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Telenor in Norway. She is a Non-Executive Director of Spectris plc and Cxense ASA in Norway and was previously a Non-Executive Director of Fast Search & Transfer ASA in Norway and Telescience Inc in the US.

Mike Parker, CBE

Wu Gang

Non-Executive Director.

Appointed to the Board: 1 January 2017

Committee Membership: Remuneration Committee

Wu Gang was appointed to the Board with effect from 1 January 2017 and is a member of the Remuneration Committee. Wu Gang has a strong financial background and a wealth of international experience having held senior positions with Chinese, American and British financial institutions in Hong Kong and London. Wu Gang is currently Managing Director and Head of Corporate Finance for Europe at CITIC CLSA Securities, based in London. Between 2011 and 2014, he was Managing Director and Head of General Industrials and M&A at ICBC International based in Hong Kong and prior to that he was Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Industrials Group (Asia) at the Royal Bank of Scotland. He has also held various positions at HSBC, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs in the UK and Hong Kong. He started his banking career at Hill Samuel Bank in London in 1988.