Committee membershipsAudit (Chair), Nominations, Sustainable Development
QualificationsGraduated in Mathematics from Southampton University, member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK)
Skills and experienceStephen brings a strong financial and general management background to the Board with experience gained internationally across a variety of sectors, including industrial and engineering. He spent his early career in commercial accounting and finance roles at companies including Ford Motor Company, Mars, Inc and Grand Metropolitan plc (now Diageo plc). He was Group Finance Director of the Automobile Association until its acquisition by Centrica in 2000 before becoming Group Finance Director at Thistle Hotels plc.
In 2004 Stephen was appointed Group Finance Director at Meggitt plc, an international engineering business specialising in aerospace equipment. He held this role for nine years before being appointed CEO in 2013. Stephen stepped down from the board of Meggitt plc on 31 December 2017. He was also a non-executive director of Derwent London plc from 2010 until May 2019.
Stephen will be appointed as Senior Independent Director of Mondi plc with effect from the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting on 6 May 2021.
Current external appointmentsNon-executive director and Audit Committee Chair at Weir Group plc.