Board of Directors
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Lord Smith of Kelvin
Lord Smith joined the Board in February 2002 and was appointed Chairman in July of the same year. He is Chairman of SSE plc (formerly Scottish & Southern Energy plc) and a Non-Executive Director of Standard Bank Group Ltd. He is also Chairman of Glasgow 2014 Ltd, the organising committee for the Commonwealth Games and the UK Green Investment Bank, a company set up by the UK Government to accelerate additional capital into the green economy.
He was formerly Chairman and Chief Executive of Morgan Grenfell Private Equity, and was Chief Executive of Morgan Grenfell Asset Management from 1996 until 2000, before becoming Vice Chairman of Deutsche Asset Management between 2000 and 2002. He has held a number of other positions in the financial services industry, and was a member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland and former Chairman of the trustees of the National Museums of Scotland.
He is Chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland and Patron of the Scottish Community Foundation.
He is a chartered accountant and a past president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.Back to top
Keith Cochrane joined the Group as Finance Director in July 2006 and was appointed Chief Executive in November 2009. Following a number of years with Arthur Andersen, Keith joined Stagecoach Group plc in 1993. He was appointed Finance Director in 1996 and Group Chief Executive in 2000. He joined ScottishPower plc in 2003 where he became Director of Group Finance.
Keith is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Society Ltd.
He is a chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.Back to top
Melanie Gee was appointed a Non-Executive Director in May 2011. Melanie is a Senior Adviser for Lazard & Co. Limited, having worked for them since 2008. Formerly, she spent a number of years with S.G. Warburg (now part of UBS) and was appointed a Managing Director of UBS in 1999. Between 2006 and 2008, she was a Senior Relationship Director of UBS. Melanie has been an alternate member of The Takeover Panel – LIBA (CFC) since 2006.
Melanie is a Non-Executive Director of Drax Group plc.Back to top
Alan Ferguson was appointed a Non-Executive Director in December 2011. He is a Non-Executive Director of Johnson Matthey plc, Croda International plc and London Mining Plc, where he chairs the audit committees.
Alan was Chief Financial Officer and a Director of Lonmin plc, one of the world’s largest producers of platinum group metals, from 2007 until 2010. Prior to his role with Lonmin, he held the position of Group Finance Director with the BOC Group plc. Before this he spent 22 years working for Inchcape plc in a variety of roles, including six years as Group Finance Director.
He is a chartered accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.Back to top
Jon Stanton joined the Group as Finance Director in April 2010. He was formerly a partner with Ernst & Young having joined as a graduate trainee in their Birmingham office in 1988. He was appointed as a partner in their London office in 2001 with lead responsibility for the audit of a number of FTSE 100 multinational clients.
He is a chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.Back to top
Richard Menell was appointed a Non-Executive Director in April 2009. He is a Non-Executive Director of Gold Fields Ltd and Sibanye Gold Limited, both South African companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange, and Rockwell Diamonds Inc., a South African company listed on both the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Richard worked as an investment banker before joining Anglovaal Group in 1992. He was appointed Chief Executive of Anglovaal Mining in 1996 then Executive Chairman in 2002. In 2005, he left to become President and Chief Executive of TEAL Exploration & Mining Inc. He was formerly Chairman of Avgold Ltd (1996-2004) and Bateman Engineering BV (2005-2009) and Director of Mutual & Federal Insurance Company Ltd (1996-2010) and Standard Bank Group Ltd (1997-2011). Richard is a Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse and serves as a Director on a number of unlisted companies and non-profit organisations.
He is a fellow of the Geological Society (London) and of both the Australasian and South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.Back to top
Lord Robertson of Port Ellen
Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director
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Lord Robertson was appointed a Non-Executive Director in February 2004 and became Senior Independent Director in May 2012. He is Deputy Chairman of TNK-BP Ltd, where he chairs the audit committee, and a Non-Executive Director of Western Ferries (Clyde) Ltd. He is Senior International Advisor to Cable and Wireless Communications plc and a Senior Counsellor with The Cohen Group (USA). He was the UK Secretary of State for Defence from 1997 until 1999 before becoming Secretary General of NATO from 1999 until 2003. He was formerly a Director of Smiths Group plc (2004-2006) and Deputy Chairman of Cable & Wireless plc (2004-2006).
A member of Her Majesty’s Privy Council, he is Chairman of the Ditchley Foundation and of the Commission on Global Road Safety. He is honorary Professor of Politics at Stirling University, an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, an Elder Brother of the Corporation of Trinity House and is Chancellor of the Order of St Michael and St George.Back to top
Charles Berry was appointed Deputy Chairman on 1 May 2013. Charles is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Drax Group plc and Senior plc.
Charles was an Executive Director of Scottish Power plc from 1999 to 2005 and Chief Executive of their UK Operations between 2000 and 2005. Prior to joining ScottishPower, he was Group Development Director of Norwest Holst, a subsidiary of Compagnie General des Eaux, and held management positions within subsidiaries of Pilkington plc.
He is a former Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Eaga plc and Thus Group plc, and a former Non-Executive Director of Impax Environmental Markets PLC and Securities Trust of Scotland plc.Back to top
John Mogford was appointed a Non-Executive Director in June 2008. He is currently a Managing Director for First Reserve, a large global energy focused private equity firm. As part of this role he sits on several boards. John is Chairman of CHC Helicopters SA in Luxembourg, Amromco Energy LLC in Romania and White Rose Energy Ventures LLP in the UK. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Deep Gulf Energy LP in America, DOF Subsea AS in Norway and Midstates Petroleum, Inc, a US company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
He was formerly an Executive Vice President of BP plc having been with BP for over 30 years, initially in their exploration division and progressively rising to Executive Vice President (Chief Operating Officer US Downstream & Head of Refining). He held numerous positions in every area of operations from gas and renewables to upstream and downstream oil.
He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.Back to top