Non-executive chairman; appointed to the Board in October 2016
Michael has spent the last 27 years in investment banking working for firms including Robert Fleming, UBS and Merrill Lynch. He recently retired from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was Co-Head of Investment Banking for the UK and Ireland, having previously been the Co-Head of Corporate Broking EMEA. During his career in investment banking, Michael has advised the Boards of many leading UK PLCs on a wide range of strategic, financing and governance matters. He is Chairman of Fin Capital Limited and was previously Senior Independent Director at UK Mail Group PLC. Michael is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
Chief executive; appointed to the Board in October 1994
John was appointed as chief executive in November 2012 and is responsible for leading strategic operations, values and culture. This includes instituting and championing the Group’s decentralised business model that empowers Group companies to challenge the status quo, keep innovating and winning in their respective markets. John co-founded Morgan Lovell in 1977 which then combined with William Sindall plc in 1994 to form Morgan Sindall Group plc. He was formerly chief executive from 1994 to 2000 and executive chairman from 2000 to 2012.
Finance director; appointed to the Board in February 2013
Steve was previously finance director of Filtrona plc (now Essentra plc). Prior to that he held senior finance roles with a number of listed companies, including Exel plc, McKechnie plc and Logica plc. Steve qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen and has been chair of the audit committee and a non-executive director of Consort Medical plc since 2012.
Patrick De Smedt
Senior independent director; appointed to the Board in December 2009
Patrick's career includes 23 years with Microsoft, during which time he founded the Benelux subsidiaries, led the development of its western European business and served as chairman of Microsoft for Europe, Middle East and Africa. After leaving Microsoft in 2006, Patrick served on the boards of a number of European public and private companies. He was previously a non-executive director and chairman of the remuneration committee of Victrex plc and CPP plc. Patrick is the senior independent director of PageGroup plc and KCOM Group plc, chairman of GCI Managed Services Group Ltd and non- executive director of Kodak Alaris Holdings Limited. He is an investor in several European technology companies.
Independent non-executive; appointed to the Board in November 2015
Malcolm is a qualified accountant and experienced FTSE 250 audit committee chair. He has an extensive background in corporate finance and experience of the property industry. Malcolm was previously managing director of National Grid property as well as managing the sale of National Grid’s gas distribution business. He has also previously been global tax and treasury director of National Grid. Malcolm is currently senior independent director and audit committee chair at CLS Holdings plc, non-executive director of Saint William Homes LLP and non-executive director of MORhomes plc. Prior to National Grid he was treasurer and director of corporate finance at Lattice Group plc and held various finance roles in BG Group plc. He has previously acted as president of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and a member of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Listing Authority Advisory Panel.
Independent non-executive; appointed to the Board in May 2017
Tracey is the director of personnel, a main board director and member of the executive team for the John Lewis Partnership. Having joined the company as an A-Level trainee, she spent her early career in operational management roles, and became the director of personnel for the Partnership in 2007. Tracey is also a member of the Roffey Park trustee board and chair of the Golden Jubilee Trust, both people-focused charitable trusts.
Independent non-executive; appointed to the Board in September 2018
David is a highly experienced non-executive director, senior independent director and chairman of UK listed companies. He is currently chair of the board of FTSE 250 PageGroup, having previously chaired the remuneration committee for three years. David is also chair of the audit and risk committee at William Hill and recently stepped down as senior independent director from the board of Berendsen. He was formerly chief executive of Taylor Nelson Sofres plc, having initially joined as group finance director in 1999. David has spent his career working for a number of companies in senior finance roles, including as group finance director at Asprey plc prior to joining Taylor Nelson Sofres. In his finance director and chief executive roles, David has supported growth and profitability through the efficient design of business operations and appropriate use of systems and processes.