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 - Independent Chairman Joined the Board 1 October 2015
[Chairman of the Nominations Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee]
Tim has been CEO of several well-known companies: Kenwood, Clarks, Kwik-Fit, the AA and Samsonite. He has served as a Non-Executive Director on a number of FTSE 100 companies: Legal and General, Alliance Boots and Compass Group, and has been a Board member of the Audit Commission and the South West Regional Development Agency. He has been an Industrial Partner at CVC Capital Partners.
Tim is the Executive Chairman of Samsonite Corporation and Non-Executive Chairman of the National Trust.
Ken McCall – Senior Independent Director Joined the Board 21 January 2016
[Chairman of Remuneration Committee and member of both the Audit, Risk and Compliance and the Nominations Committees]
Ken’s position with Europcar is Group Chief Operating Officer and Head of Global Operations. Formerly, he was Chief Executive of DHL Express UK and Ireland, instrumental in achieving a full business turnaround and transformation. Previous positions include Chief Executive of TNT Asia, Middle East, African and Indian sub-continents. Ken has extensive experience in mails, logistics and business transformation.
Ken is a Non-Executive Director of Supergroup plc.
Paula Vennells – Chief Executive Joined the Board 18 October 2010
Paula has worked for Post Office Limited since 2007 in a number of senior roles, including Managing Director, becoming Chief Executive on 1 April 2012. Prior to Post Office, Paula spent five years with Whitbread plc, latterly as Group Commercial Director. She began her career with Unilever and L’Oreal and has held directorships in sales and marketing with a number of major retailers, including Dixons Stores Group and Argos.
Paula is a Non-Executive Director of Morrisons plc, a Trustee for the Hymns Ancient and Modern Group and a member of the Future High Street Forum.
Alisdair Cameron - Chief Financial Officer Joined the Board 28 January 2015
Alisdair joined Post Office as Chief Financial Officer in January 2015. Prior to this appointment, from 2002 to 2014 he worked in a variety of roles for Centrica plc, a FTSE 100 company, including Director of Audit and Risk, Group Financial Controller, Finance Director of British Gas and Managing Director of British Gas Enterprise. Previously he was a partner with Arthur Anderson and served as a trustee of the e-Learning Foundation.
Alisdair is a Non-Executive Director of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Richard Callard – Non-Executive Director Joined the Board 26 March 2014
[Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee]
Richard is appointed to the Board as the representative of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). He is an Executive Director at UK Government Investments (UKGI) and has a wealth of public sector and government experience. A Chartered Accountant by background, he joined government from Deloitte corporate finance in 2009, where he had advised the public and private sector on public private partnerships and other infrastructure and project finance deals.
Richard leads the Post Office and Green Investment Bank shareholder teams at UKGI
Tim Franklin - Non-executive Director Joined the Board 19 September 2012
[Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and Chairman of the Post Office Advisory Council]
Tim’s executive career spans both building societies and banking, including roles with Barclays as Director of Customer Programmes and Loyalty and Managing Director of Barclays Savings. In his executive and non-executive roles, which include Link Cash Machines Network and Mutual Plus Limited, Tim has gained considerable in-depth experience in financial services, IT and business transformation.
Tim is currently Interim Chairman and Senior Independent Director at HM Land Registry, where he chairs the Audit Committee.
Virginia Holmes - Non-Executive Director Joined the Board 4 April 2012
[Member of both the Nominations and the Remuneration Committees]
Virginia brings to the Board extensive knowledge of the financial services industry, including both investment management and banking. Her experience in financial services and in business transformation was gained while serving as Chief Executive of AXA Investment Managers UK and in more than a decade with the Barclays Bank Group.
Virginia chairs USS Investment Management Limited and the British Airways pension plans, is on the Boards of Alberta Investment Management Corporation, Standard Life Investment Holdings Limited, Investor Forum CIC and sits on the Zurich UK Life Independent Governance Committee.
Carla Stent - Non-Executive Director Joined the Board 21 January 2016
(Chairman of Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee)
Carla, a qualified Chartered Accountant, has held a number of senior positions in banking, private equity and in retail industries. She has had direct responsibility for corporate finance and post-merger integration, strategy, business operations, brand development and management and business transformation. Carla has worked at Board level for organisations including Barclays Bank plc and Virgin Group and was a Non-Executive Director of Christian Aid.
Carla is a Non-Executive Director of JPM Morgan Elect plc, Marex Spectron Limited and Power to Change Trust (which she also chairs).
Alwen Lyons – Company Secretary Appointed as Company Secretary 4 July 2011
Alwen joined Royal Mail Group in 1984 as a graduate 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 the two organisations she has worked in several areas of the business, including network, finance and marketing. Alwen was appointed 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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