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Independent Non-Executive Director - Ian Barlow

Appointed Independent Non-Executive Director in March 2010, Chairman (now Member) of the Audit Committee in May 2010, Member of the Ethics & Compliance Committee in October 2014 and Senior Independent Director and Member of the Nomination & Governance Committee on 6 April 2017. He was formerly Chairman of the Audit Committee from May 2010 to March 2017.

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 Chairman of WSP Group plc, and is currently NED and Chairman of the Audit Committees of The Brunner Investment Trust PLC, Foxtons Group plc and Urban&Civic plc. Ian is also appointed to the advisory board of MMC Ventures.

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 Ethics & Compliance Committee, he has managed to co-ordinate an oversight role of both Committees. This has been invaluable when commencing his role as Senior Independent Director with effect from 6 April 2017.


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