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 in September 2011, she served as Non-Executive Director on the boards of Littlewoods, BAA and TNS, where she also chaired the Remuneration Committee, Alice is an external member of the Oxford University Council, a business coach at the JCA Group, and a member of the faculty at Meyler Campbell where she teaches senior executives how to coach.
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 three companies. Snow and Rock, a retail chain selling skiing and outdoor brands, bikes and running gear; Dwell, a multi-channel contemporary furniture retailer; and Skin, a chain of skin treatment clinics specialising in laser hair removal. 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 chair’s the Board’s Audit, Risk and Compliance Sub-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. Most recently he 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 was Chief Operating Officer to the Co-operative Banking Group until the end of 2011, having previously served as Managing Director of the Britannia Building Society. Prior to that, 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. He is also a Non-Executive Director of HM Land Registry 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 currently serves on the boards and chairs the investment committees of both the Alberta Investment Management Corporation in Canada and the Universities Superannuation Scheme in the UK. She also serves on the boards of Standard Life Investments Ltd and JPMorgan Claverhouse Investment Trust plc.
Susannah Storey – Non-Executive Director
Susannah Storey is the representative of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the Post Office Limited Board. She has recently been appointed as Director of Corporate Strategy and Change at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Susannah has been a civil servant since 2006, working at the Shareholder Executive until 2013 in a number of roles including Head of the Royal Mail and Postal Services team and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to the Shareholder Executive, Susannah worked in investment banking at Citigroup and Schroders, specialising in UK Corporate Finance.
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.
Chris Day – Chief Financial Officer
Chris joined Post Office Ltd in August 2011 from the BBC where he had been Group Financial Controller since 2005. Prior to that, Chris spent 14 years in FMCG with Grand Metropolitan/Diageo in a succession of Treasury/Corporate Finance roles in the UK, and as Finance Director in the Netherlands and subsequently Germany/Austria. Earlier in his career Chris worked as a financial management consultant at KPMG having started his career with Beecham Group.
Alwen Lyons – Company Secretary
Alwen Lyons joined the Post Office Limited in 1984 as a graduate entrant and has worked at a senior level in several directorates including network, finance and marketing. She became the Company Secretary in July 2011, after leading the project to separate Post Office Limited from Royal Mail Group.
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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