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Independent Non-Executive Director - Ian Barlow

Appointed Independent Non-Executive Director in March 2010, Chair (now Member) of the Audit Committee in May 2010, Member of the Compliance & Culture Committee in October 2014 and Senior Independent Director and Member of the Nomination & Governance Committee on 6 April 2017. Ian will retire from the Board at the Annual General Meeting on 11 April 2019 and will not stand for re-election.

Career and Experience

Ian is a Chartered Accountant with considerable financial experience both internationally and in the UK. He was a Partner at KPMG, latterly Senior Partner, London, until 2008. At KPMG, he was Head of UK tax and legal operations. Previously he was Chair of WSP Group plc, and is currently NED and Chair of the Audit Committees of The Brunner Investment Trust PLC, Foxtons Group plc and Urban&Civic plc.

Skills and Competencies

Ian’s longstanding financial and auditing career and extensive board experience add value to his role as a member of the Audit Committee. As a member of the Compliance & Culture Committee, he has managed to co-ordinate an oversight role of both Committees. This has been invaluable since commencing his role as Senior Independent Director with effect from 6 April 2017.


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