Board of directors
Adrian was appointed a director in December 2008 and assumed the role of senior independent director in May 2010. In November 2012 Adrian was appointed non-executive chairman. He had a 30 year career at the accountants, BDO Stoy Hayward, the last eight years as managing partner, before becoming chief executive and then consultant at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP until 2009. Adrian now holds a number of non-executive directorships, including H R Owen plc, M&C Saatchi plc and Safestore Holdings plc. He was a non-executive director of The Carphone Warehouse plc until July 2008.
Co-founded Morgan Lovell in 1977 which then reversed into William Sindall plc in 1994 to form Morgan Sindall Group plc. Chief executive from 1994 to 2000 when he became executive chairman. In November 2012 John was appointed chief executive of the Group.
Appointed finance director in February 2013, having previously been finance director of Filtrona plc from 2008 to September 2012. Prior to that he was director for mergers and acquisitions at Exel plc and held senior finance roles within McKechnie plc and Logica plc. Steve qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen and has been a non-executive director of Consort Medical plc since June 2012.
Appointed a director in April 2000. A chartered surveyor, he has previously undertaken various roles over a 27-year period with John Laing plc, latterly as chief executive of Laing Construction plc.
Appointed a director in August 2007. Geraldine is currently managing director of The Executive Coaching Consultancy. Previously, she was head of group management development for The Burton Group plc (now Arcadia plc) and with the Ford Motor Company. She was an independent non-executive director of the Company between 1995 and 2004.
Patrick De Smedt
Senior independent non-executive
Appointed a director in December 2009, he assumed the role of senior independent director in November 2012. Patrick’s career includes 23 years with Microsoft, culminating as chairman for Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2003. Since leaving Microsoft in 2006, Patrick has served on the boards of a number of European public and private companies. He is currently a non-executive director of Victrex plc and CPP Group plc as well as being a non-executive director of a number of private companies. He is also on the advisory board to a division of ING Europe.
Appointed a director with effect from 1 March 2010. Simon is Chief executive officer of Gulliford Consulting, the market consultancy which he founded in 1992 and which is now part of Chime Communications. Before setting up his own consultancy, he was head of the marketing faculty at Ashridge College and he has previously held marketing roles at companies including Sears plc, EMAP plc and Barclays plc. He recently stepped down as chief marketing officer at Standard Life, remaining as a consultant to the executive team.
Elizabeth Peace CBE
Appointed a director in November 2012. Liz has been CEO of the British Property Federation since 2002, following a career in the MOD including as director of corporate affairs from 1990 to 2002 at QinetiQ Group plc (formerly the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency). Liz is also a member of the board of Peabody, a trustee of property charity Land Aid and a non-executive director of Turley Associates.