Post Office Limited’s Board of Directors is chaired by Alice Perkins CB. As Non-Executive Chairman she is independent both of the executive management of Post Office Limited and of its shareholder, The Board comprises the Chairman, four other Non-Executive Directors and two Executive Directors.
Alice Perkins CB – Post Office Chairman (Chairman of Nominations Sub-Committee)
Alice had a wide-ranging career in the civil service, which included policy and operational roles in health, social security and public spending in the Treasury.Alice was also the Civil Service’s Group HR Director in Cabinet Office between 2001 and 2005. Before joining Post Office Limited as Chairman, she served as Non- Executive Director on the boards of Littlewoods, BAA and TNS, where she also chaired the Remuneration Committee.Alice was an external member of the Oxford University Council until summer 2014. She is currently a business coach at the JCA Group, and a member of the faculty at Meyler Campbell where she teaches senior executives how to coach. Alice was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the BBC Executive Board on 1 April 2014.
Neil McCausland – Senior Independent Director (Chairman of Remuneration Sub-Committee)
Neil has had a portfolio of non-executive roles over the last 10 years. He is currently Chairman of four companies: Snow and Rock, a retail chain selling skiing and outdoor brands, bikes and running gear; Joules, an outdoor lifestyle brand; Create Fertility, a chain of IVF clinics and Skin, a chain of skin treatment clinics.Until recently he was Chairman of footwear company Kurt Geiger, and a Governor of Nuffield Health, which operates hospitals and health clubs. Neil began his career at Marks & Spencer, before becoming Managing Director of C&A and Chief Executive of NAAFI (an MOD agency).
Alasdair Marnoch - Non Executive Director (Chairman of Audit, Risk and Compliance Sub-Committee)
Alasdair Marnoch joined the Board of Post Office Limited as a Non-Executive Director on 23 May 2012. A Chartered Accountant, he chairs the Board’s Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee which reviews the statutory accounts and financial controls.Alasdair has had wide experience as Finance Director of a number of FMCG and service businesses, including listed companies. He was appointed as Chief Financial Officer at CPA Global, the world’s leading provider of intellectual property management software and services, in January 2014. Previously Alasdair served as CFO of the Equiniti Group, a leading provider of complex administration and processing services to the public and private sectors.
Tim Franklin - Non-executive Director
Tim Franklin joined the Board of Post Office Limited as a Non-Executive Director on 19 September 2012. Tim’s executive career spans both building societies and banking. Prior to his board roles in the mutual sector, he was Director of Customer Programmes and Loyalty and Managing Director of Savings at Barclays.Tim’s experience extends across the private and public sectors too. He is Senior Independent Director at HM Land Registry where he chairs the Audit Committee and was previously on the Boards of Reclaim Fund Limited, Mutual Plus Limited and the Link Cash Machines Network.
Virginia Holmes - Non-Executive Director (Chairman of Pensions Sub-Committee)
Virginia brings to the Board extensive knowledge of the financial services industry, including both investment management and banking. Her experience includes serving as Chief Executive of AXA Investment Managers UK and more than a decade with the Barclays Bank Group, where she ultimately served as Managing Director of Barclays Bank Trust Company. Virginia is currently the Chair of USS Investment Management Limited and serves on the boards of the Alberta Investment Management Corporation in Canada, Standard Life Investment Holdings Limited and the Investor Forum CIC. She also sits on the Zurich UK Life Independent Governance Committee.
Richard Callard – Non-Executive Director
Richard Callard is the representative of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on the Post Office Limited Board, and is an Executive Director at the Shareholder Executive (ShEx) in BISRichard is a Chartered Accountant by background and joined ShEx from Deloitte corporate finance in 2007, where he advised the public and private sector on public private partnerships and other infrastructure and project finance deals. In addition to his role on the Board of Post Office Limited, Richard leads the Post Office and Green Investment Bank shareholder teams at BIS.
Paula Vennells – Chief Executive
Paula has worked for Post Office Limited since 2007 in a number of senior roles including Managing Director. She became Chief Executive on 1 April 2012. Previously Paula spent five years with Whitbread plc, latterly as Group Commercial Director. She began her career with Unilever and L’Oreal and held directorships in sales and marketing with a number of major retailers including Dixons Stores Group and Argos. She is currently a Non-Executive Director and Trustee for Hymns Ancient and Modern Group, a Trustee of Go ON UK and a member of the Future High Street Forum.
Alisdair Cameron - Chief Financial Officer
Alisdair became the Chief Financial Officer of Post Office in January 2015. He is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Oxford University Hospitals. From 2002 to 2014 Alisdair worked in a variety of roles for Centrica plc, a FTSE 100 company, including Director of Audit & Risk, Group Financial Controller, Finance Director of British Gas and Managing Director of British Gas Enterprise. Previously he was a partner with Arthur Andersen and served as a trustee of the e-Learning Foundation.
Alwen Lyons – Company Secretary
Alwen Lyons joined Royal Mail Group in 1984 as a graduate entrant and has worked at senior levels in both Royal Mail Group and Post Office Limited.She is a qualified accountant and in her career spanning more than 30 years with Royal Mail Group and Post Office Limited, she has worked in several areas of the business, including network, finance and marketing. Alwen became the Company Secretary in July 2011, after leading the project to separate Post Office Limited from Royal Mail Group. Alwen served as a trustee on the Royal Mail Pension Plan Board for 8 years and was Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for 7 years.
The responsibilities of the Board include setting the company’s strategic aims, providing the leadership to put them into effect, supervising the management of the business and reporting to the shareholder.
There are number Board committees which deal with specific topics requiring independent oversight including Audit, Risk and Compliance, Nominations of the Board, Pensions and Senior Remuneration.
Each Committee is chaired by a Non-Executive Director and operates within its own agreed, documented Terms of Reference.
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