David Blackwood joined the Board as Chair on 13 May 2020.
David has extensive business and listed company experience, notably in Finance, Audit and Risk. David uses his experience and knowledge to lead the Board in reviewing and approving management’s plans for the development of the Company’s strategy and operational performance. As Chair of the Nominations Committee, David is also responsible for leading the assessment of the capabilities and skills of the executive and non-executive leadership, and for longer-term succession planning.
Most recently, David has been a non-executive director of Dignity plc until June 2020 and Scapa Group plc until April 2021, where, in respect of both, he served as chair of the audit committee, as Senior Independent Director and on the nomination and remuneration committees. He was formerly Chief Financial Officer of Synthomer plc where he was employed for seven years, stepping down in 2015, prior to which he held a number of senior roles within Imperial Chemical Industries plc (ICI). David has also previously served as a member of the Cabinet Office Audit and Risk Committee and on the Board for Actuarial Standards. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).
Other current appointments
Esken limited (Previously Stobart Group PLC), Audit Committee Chair and Senior Independent Director
The Go-Ahead Group PLC, Non-executive director and Senior Independent Director