Responsibilities: Responsible for the leadership of the board, setting its agenda and ensuring its effectiveness on all aspects of its role.
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Chemical Physics, Diploma Advanced Studies in Science, PhD.
Appointment to the board: Appointed as a non-executive director in February 2008 and as Chairman in July 2008.
Committee membership: Nomination (chair).
Skills and experience: With over 19 years' service as a board director in a wide range of companies, and as a current non-executive director serving on a number of other boards and across different sectors, John has a wealth of past and current experience on which to draw in his role as Chairman and leader of the board.
Career experience: Joined the board of ICI plc in 1999 and became chief executive in 2003, a position held until ICI's takeover by Akzo Nobel. Previous non-executive roles: senior independent director J Sainsbury plc; non-executive director Rolls-Royce Holdings plc; senior independent director Electra Private Equity PLC; and chairman of Rentokil-Initial plc until 8 May 2019.
Current directorships/business interests: Non-executive and senior independent director of Cobham plc and appointed as non-executive director of Wilmcote Holdings plc on 1 October 2018. He is also Chairman of United Utilities Water Limited.
Independence: John met the 2016 UK Corporate Governance Code's independence criteria on his initial appointment as Chairman.
Specific contribution to the company's long-term success: During his final year as Chairman, John has continued to help drive the considerable progress made by the business throughout the tenure of his leadership.