Post Office Limited’s Board of Directors is chaired by Tim Parker. As Non-Executive Chairman he 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.
Tim Parker - Chairman
Tim joined the Board of Post Office Limited in October 2015. His career covers a wide range of retail compaines. In 1996 he was appointed CEO of Clarkes shoes and after six years of reorganising the company and bringing it up to date with the latest designs, the profitability of the footwear company improved by 150% and record results were posted in 2002
In 2002 he moved to Kwik-fit and backed by CVC national partners was able to complete a £340 million Management buy in from ford. Operating profits increased by 250% in a two year period after major restructuring of the business.
In 2008 he spent a short time as the first deputy mayor of London working along side Boris Johnson.
In late 2008 he became the non-executive chairman of Samsonite Corporation and by the beginning of 2009 also CEO. Despite being hit by global credit crisis which led to a sharp decline in profits, after investments in products and marketing and extensive restructuring, the company remerged stronger and achieved record results of $250 million in 2011. Also in this year the company was listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
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, Chairman of the Financial Services 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.
Ken McCall – Non-Executive Director
Ken is the Chief Operating Officer of Europcar Groupe SA. In addition to his Management Board responsibilities, Ken is also Managing Director Europcar UK Group and is responsible for the performance and strategy of the UK Company and Group IT Services.
Prior to this he was Chief Executive of DHL Express UK & Ireland, where he was instrumental in achieving a full business turnaround and transformation; and a Chief Executive of TNT Asia, Middle East, African and Indian sub-continents spanning 20 directly managed countries.
He is a Non-Executive Director of Supergroup PLC, and member of their Audit Committee and Remuneration Committees..
Carla Stent - Non-Executive Director
Carla, a qualified chartered accountant, has held a number of senior positions in banking, private equity and retail industries. She has had direct responsibility for corporate finance & post-merger integration, strategy, business operations, brand development & management and business transformation.
Carla has worked at Board level in several countries for organisations including Virgin Group, Barclays Bank PLC and the Thomas Cook Group.
She is a Non-Executive Director on the Boards and sub committees of JPM Morgan Elect plc, Marex Spectron Limited, Christian Aid and Power to Change Trust (which she also Chairs).
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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