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David Lowden

Board Chair & Nomination Chair

David Lowden

Board Chair & Nomination Chair

Joined - October 2021

Relevant skills and experience
  • Industrial and Distribution Sectors
  • Financial and Risk Management
  • Operations
  • Strategy
  • M&A and Financing
  • International Business

 

Current external appointments
  • Senior Independent Director, Morgan Sindall plc
  • Chair, Capita PLC
Past appointments
  • Chair, PageGroup plc
  • Senior Independent Director, Berendsen plc
  • Chair, Huntsworth plc
  • Non-Executive Director, William Hill plc and Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc
  • Chief Executive, Taylor Nelson Sofres

 

Committee Membership
  • Nomination (Chair)
  • Remuneration

 

Johnny Thomson

Chief Executive Officer

Johnny Thomson

Chief Executive Officer

Joined - February 2019

Relevant skills and experience
  • B2B Industrial
  • Distribution and Service Sectors
  • Financial and Risk Management
  • Operations and Customer Service 
  • Strategy
  • M&A and Financing
  • International Business
Current external appointments
  • None

 

Past appointments
  • Group Finance Director (Compass Group PLC)
  • Regional Managing Director, Latin America (Compass Group PLC)

Anne Thorburn

Senior Independent Director & Audit Chair

Anne Thorburn

Senior Independent Director & Audit Chair

Joined - September 2015

Relevant skills and experience
  • B2B Industrial and Manufacturing Sectors
  • Financial and Risk Management
  • Strategy
  • M&A and Financing
  • International Business

 

Current external appointments
  • Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee, TT Electronics plc
Past appointments
  • Chief Financial Officer, Exova Group plc
  • Group Finance Director, British Polythene Industries plc
  • Non-Executive Director, BTG plc

 

Committee Membership
  • Audit (Chair)
  • Remuneration
  • Nomination

 

Andy Smith

Independent Non-Executive Director & Remuneration Chair

Andy Smith

Independent Non-Executive Director & Remuneration Chair

Joined - February 2015

Relevant skills and experience
  • Healthcare, Retail, FMCG and Utilities Sectors
  • Operations, HR and Customer Service
  • Strategy and Risk Management
  • Sustainability, Diversity Equity & Inclusion and Health & Safety
  • International Business 

 

Current external appointments
  • None

Past appointments
  • Managing Director, Severn Trent Services
  • Water Services Director, Severn Trent plc
  • Group HR Director, The Boots Company PLC
  • Retail and Technology Director Severn Trent plc

 

Committee Membership
  • Remuneration (Chair)
  • Audit
  • Nomination

 

Geraldine Huse

Independent Non-Executive Director

Geraldine Huse

Independent Non-Executive Director

Joined - January 2020

Relevant skills and experience
  • Retail and FMCG Sectors
  • Customer Service
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Organisational Development
  • International Business

 

Current external appointments
  • President, Procter & Gamble, Canada
Past appointments
  • Chief Executive Officer, P&G Central Europe
  • Chair of the Institute of Grocery Distribution

 

Committee Membership
  • Nomination
  • Remuneration
  • Audit

 

Dean Finch

Independent Non-Executive Director

Dean Finch

Independent Non-Executive Director

Joined - May 2021

Relevant skills and experience
  • B2B Industrial, Services and Retail Sectors
  • Financial and Risk Management
  • Operations and Customer Service
  • Health & Safety
  • M&A and Financing
  • Strategy
  • International Business

 

Current external appointments
  • Group Chief Executive, Persimmon PLC
Past appointments
  • Chief Executive Officer, National Express Group plc
  • Group Chief Executive, Tube Lines
  • Group Finance Director & Group Chief Operating Officer, FirstGroup plc

 

Committee Membership
  • Nomination
  • Remuneration
  • Audit

 

Chris Davies

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Davies

Chief Financial Officer

Joined - November 2022

Relevant skills and experience
  • Retail and FMCG Sectors
  • Financial & Risk Management
  • Strategy
  • M&A and Financing
  • International Business
  • Operations and Customer Service
Current external appointments
  • Non-Executive Director, Motability Operations Group PLC

 

Past appointments
  • Chief Financial Officer, National Express Group PLC
  • Group Financial Controller and Treasurer (and Interim Group CFO), Inchcape plc
  • Chief Financial Officer for North America, Diageo plc

John Morrison

Group Company Secretary & Head of Legal

John Morrison

Group Company Secretary & Head of Legal

Joined - April 2020

An experienced FTSE Company Secretary and commercial solicitor, John is responsible for the Group’s legal, compliance and governance framework. John provides support and advice to the Directors, the Board and its Committees. He brings rigour to corporate governance and ensures that Board procedures are fit for purpose and adhered to. John has expertise in regulatory and contractual law and legal risk management.

Jill Tennant

Group Strategy Director

Jill Tennant

Group Strategy Director

Jill joined Diploma in May 2019 as Group HR Director and moved into her current position of Group Strategy Director in October 2023. Prior to joining Diploma, Jill spent over 25 years in HR leadership roles at Marks and Spencer, Bunzl Plc and Premium Credit. Jill brings a wealth of commercial acumen and experience in talent planning and development.

Steve Sargeant

Group Corporate Development Director

Steve Sargeant

Group Corporate Development Director

Steve has worked in M&A for over 20 years, initially in investment banking followed by corporate development roles at Bunzl and Sysco. Since joining the Group in September 2020, Steve has overseen the development of an international Corporate Development Team and the acquisition of several strategically important businesses.

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