Board Members' Biographies - Morrisons

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Board Members' Biographies

Andrew Higginson
Chairman


Appointment
Andrew joined the Group as Deputy Chairman and Chairman Elect in October 2014 and became Chairman at the end of January 2015.
Experience
Andrew brings significant Board, commercial, retail and leadership experience to the Board. Andrew is a former Executive Director of Tesco PLC having spent 15 years on the Main Board, first as Finance and Strategy Director, and latterly as Chief Executive of their Retailing Services business. His early career was with Unilever, Guinness, Laura Ashley and the Burton Group. Andrew was previously the Chairman of Poundland Group PLC, Senior Independent Director of BSkyB PLC and a Non-Executive Director of the Rugby Football Union.
External Roles
• Chairman of N Brown Group PLC
• Non-Executive Director of Woolworths Holdings Limited
• Chairman of Evergreen Garden Care

David Potts
Chief Executive Officer


Appointment
David joined the Group as Chief Executive on 16 March 2015.
Experience
David is a vastly experienced retailer who joined Tesco PLC at the age of 16 and worked there for 39 years. He rose to become CEO of its Ireland business, its UK retail stores business and then CEO of Tesco Asia. David was also on the Tesco PLC Board from 1998 until he left in 2011. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Morrisons, David held several advisory positions with a number of private equity and consultancy firms and developed his own retail concept to sell general merchandise. He also worked on two extensive retail projects in the UK.
External Roles
• None

Trevor Strain
Chief Financial Officer


Appointment
Trevor joined the Group in June 2009 as Commercial and Operations Finance Director. In June 2011, he became Finance Director Corporate and took responsibility for the Company’s productivity programmes. Trevor joined the Board as Chief Financial Officer on 10 April 2013.
Experience
Prior to joining Morrisons, Trevor worked for Tesco PLC in a number of roles until his appointment as UK Property Finance Director in 2006 and subsequently UK Planning and Reporting Finance Director. Trevor began his career with Arthur Andersen and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
External Roles
• None

Rooney Anand
Senior Independent Director


Appointment
Rooney joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director on 1 January 2016.
Experience
Rooney is a highly experienced retail and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) executive. Following a career with United Biscuits and then Sara Lee, he joined Greene King PLC in 2001 as Managing Director of its brewery company. He was appointed CEO in 2005.
External Roles
• Chief Executive Officer of Greene King PLC
• Chairman of Purity Soft Drinks Limited

Neil Davidson CBE
Chair of the Corporate Compliance and Responsibility Committee

Appointment
Neil joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 1 October 2015. He became Chair of the Corporate Compliance and Responsibility Committee on 1 January 2016.
Experience
Neil has had an extensive career in manufacturing, starting with Northern Foods PLC where he rose to become Managing Director of its milk division. He subsequently became CEO of Express Dairies PLC and then Arla PLC. He is currently Chair of the Youth Sport Trust and has also been a Non-Executive Director of Produce Investments PLC, Persimmon PLC and Northern Recruitment Group PLC.
External Roles
• Chairman of OptiBiotix Health PLC

Kevin Havelock
Non-Executive Director

Appointment
Kevin joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 1 February 2018.
Experience
Kevin has significant fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry experience, most recently having been a member of the Executive Committee at Unilever and President of Global Refreshment, which comprises of Unilever’s drinks and ice cream brands. Kevin is a Trustee of the British Council and a Trustee of The Eden Project.
External Roles
• Non-Executive Director of Fevertree PLC

Belinda Richards
Chair of the Audit Committee

Appointment
Belinda joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 1 September 2015. She became Chair of the Audit Committee on 1 January 2016.
Experience
Belinda had a career in professional services for over 25 years, where she operated as a senior adviser in corporate finance and strategy. She was a corporate finance partner at Deloitte and Global Head of Merger and Separation Advisory Services until 2010. Belinda serves on the Advisory Group of Audit Committee Chairmen at the Financial Reporting Council, is a member of the Governing Council of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation and is a Trustee of the Youth Sport Trust.
External Roles
• Senior Independent Director and Remuneration Chair of Grainger PLC
• Non-Executive Director of Monks Investment Trust PLC
• Non-Executive Director of Phoenix Group Holdings (‘PGH’)
• Non-Executive Director of Schroder Japan Growth Fund PLC

Tony van Kralingen
Non-Executive Director

Appointment
Tony joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 1 September 2017.
Experience
Tony has a very broad experience across a number of disciplines including marketing, supply, procurement and manufacturing and human resources. Tony served 35 years at SABMiller PLC, 14 of which he was on the Executive Committee. He held a number of positions including Group Director: Integrated Supply, Chairman and Managing Director SAB, and Chairman and CEO: Plzensky Prazdroj. He is also currently an Honorary Professor of Global Corporate Strategy at Nottingham University
External Roles
• Chair of Crown Commercial Services

Paula Vennells
Non-Executive Director

Appointment
Paula joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 1 January 2016.
Experience
Paula has significant experience in commercial, marketing and supply chain. Paula is currently Chief Executive of the Post Office, a role she has held since April 2012. Paula joined the Post Office in 2007. Previously she was Group Commercial Director of Whitbread PLC having started her career with Unilever and L’Oréal. Paula has held directorships in sales and marketing with a number of major retailers including Dixons Stores Group and Argos.
External Roles
• Chief Executive of the Post Office
• Non-Executive Chair of First Rate Exchange Services Limited

Information correct at 13th March 2018

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