Directors

The Board of PageGroup is the body responsible for corporate governance, establishing policies and objectives, and management of the Group's resources. The Board of Directors has a strong commitment to high standards of corporate governance.

David Lowden

Chairman

Date of appointment:

Director August 2012, Chairman December 2015

 

Past roles:

David was a member of the Board of TNS plc, the marketing services business, from 1999 to 2009, becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2006. Before joining TNS plc David held senior financial positions in Asprey plc, A.C. Nielsen Corporation and Federal Express Corporation.

 

Other current appointments:

Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, Berensden plc; Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee, William Hill plc.

 

Board committees: Nomination (Chairman)

 

Skills and experience:

  • Extensive experience in both general management and financial management
  • Many years of operating within international businesses with cultural diversity
  • Strong strategic understanding
  • Proven ability for delivering shareholder value
  • Strong financial, marketing and commercial skills
  • Experienced non-executive in several sectors

Steve Ingham

Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Date of appointment:

Director February 2001, Chief Executive Officer April 2006 

 

Past roles:

Steve joined Michael Page in 1987 as a consultant with Michael Page Marketing and Sales. He was responsible for setting up the London Marketing and Sales business and was promoted to Operating Director in 1990. He was appointed Managing Director of Michael Page Marketing and Sales in 1994. Subsequently Steve took additional responsibility for Michael Page’s Retail, Technology, Human Resources and Engineering businesses. He was promoted to the Board as Executive Director of UK Operations in February 2001 and subsequently to Managing Director of UK Operations in May 2005. Steve was appointed Chief Executive Officer in April 2006.

 

Other current appointments:

Non-Executive Director, Debenhams plc. Member of the Corporate Partnership Board, Great Ormond Street Hospital.

 

Board committees: None

 

Skills and experience:

  •  More than 29 years’ service with the Group and recruitment industry
  • Ten years as a CEO of a public company, now FTSE 250, with strong IR skills, delivering shareholder value
  • Strong entrepreneurial and strategic skills having initiated and grown many businesses
  • Extensive experience in business development and account management
  • Significant international experience including the emerging markets of SE Asia, China, Latin America and India
  • Leadership of a global people business having seen PageGroup grow from 200 to 5,800 employees
  • Experience in other sectors and industries having worked on the Board of a major charity and retailer

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE

Non Executive Director

Date of appointment:

May 2007 

 

Past roles:

Ruby qualified as a Chartered Accountant with BDO Stoy Hayward. In December 2002 Ruby joined Mitie Group plc as Group Finance Director and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in September 2005 before being appointed Chief Executive in March 2007.

 

Other current appointments:
Chief Executive, Mitie Group plc; Chairperson of the Women’s Business Council; Non-Executive Director of the Department of Education.

 

Board committees: Audit, Remuneration, Nomination

 

Skills and experience:

  • CEO, COO and CFO experience with a FTSE 250 public company for over 13 years
  • Strong strategic and commercial understanding
  • Proven ability for delivering shareholder value
  • Extensive experience in customer services
  • Significant financial, audit and risk management systems experience

Simon Boddie

Independent Non-Executive Director

Date of appointment:

September 2012 

 

Past roles:
Simon is a Chartered Accountant. He was Group Finance Director of Electrocomponents plc from September 2005 to September 2015. Simon joined Electrocomponents plc from Diageo where he held a variety of senior finance positions over a 13 year career, latterly Finance Director of Key Markets.

 

Board committees: Audit (Chairman), Nomination, Remuneration 

 

Skills and experience:

  • CFO of FTSE 250 public company for ten years
  • Extensive experience in financial, audit and risk management systems
  • International operations and emerging markets experience
  • Strong strategic and commercial understanding

Danuta Gray

Independent Non-Executive Director

Date of appointment:

December 2013 

 

Past roles:

Danuta was Chairman of Telefonica O2 in Ireland until December 2012, having previously been its Chief Executive from 2001 to 2010. Prior to that Danuta was Senior Vice President for BT Europe in Germany and during her career gained experience in sales, marketing, customer services and technology and in leading and changing large businesses. She previously served for seven years on the Board of Irish Life and Permanent plc and was a Director of Business in the Community Ireland and Aer Lingus plc.


Other current appointments:
Non-Executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chairman, Old Mutual plc; Non-Executive Director, Paddy Power plc; Non- Executive Director and Senior Independent Director of Aldermore Bank PLC; Member of the Defence Board, UK Ministry of Defence.

 

Board committees: Remuneration (Chairman) Audit, Nomination

 

Skills and experience:

  • Chairman and CEO experience
  • Experienced non-executive in several sectors
  • Extensive experience in general management
  • Proven ability for delivering shareholder value
  • Strong strategic understanding
  • Extensive experience in sales, marketing, customer services and technology
  • Leading and changing large businesses
 

Patrick De Smedt

Senior Independent Director

Date of appointment:

August 2015. Senior Independent Director June 2016.

 

Past roles: 

Patrick spent 23 years at Microsoft during which time he founded the Benelux subsidiaries, led the development of its Western European business and served as Chairman of Microsoft for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Since leaving Microsoft in 2006, Patrick has served on the boards of a number of European public and private companies. He has deep knowledge of international markets and information technology, and experience as a non-executive in diverse industry sectors.

 

Other current appointments:

Non-Executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chairman of Victrex plc; Senior Independent Director of KCOM Group plc; Senior Independent Director and Remuneration Committee Chairman of Morgan Sindall Group plc; Non-Executive Director of Kodak Alaris Holdings Ltd; Non-Executive Director of Nexinto Gmbh.

 

Board committees: Audit, Nomination, Remuneration

 

Skills and experience: 

  • Extensive experience of technology and customer services
  • Experienced non-executive in several sectors
  • Extensive experience in general management
  • Many years of operating within international businesses with cultural diversity
  • Proven ability for delivering shareholder value
  • Leading and changing large businesses

 

Kelvin Stagg

Chief Financial Officer

Date of appointment:

June 2014

 

Past roles:

Kelvin joined PageGroup plc in July 2006 as Group Financial Controller and Company Secretary. He was appointed Acting Chief Financial Officer in October 2013. He held the title of Company Secretary until December 2013. In June 2014 Kelvin was appointed Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the Group, Kelvin spent six years at Allied Domecq and three years at Unilever in a variety of finance functions. He has significant international experience and has high levels of compliance, change management, large teams and systems experience, across almost every finance discipline. He is a Chartered Management Accountant.

 

Other current appointments: None

 

Board committees: None

 

Skills and experience:

  • More than nine years in the Group with a detailed knowledge of the Group’s operations
  • Extensive experience in finance, audit and risk management
  • Significant international experience including roles in the UK, Continental Europe and Asia
  • High levels of compliance, change management, large teams and systems experience, across almost every finance discipline
  • Strong network of finance professionals

Elaine Marriner

Company Secretary

Date of appointment:
December 2013

 

Past roles: 
Prior to this appointment Elaine was Company Secretary and General Counsel of HMV Group plc.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is a committee of the Board and is known within PageGroup as the ‘Executive Board’.

Steve Ingham

Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

See biography above.

Patrick Hollard

Executive Board Director Latin America, Africa & Middle East

Patrick joined Michael Page in France in 1996, having worked previously for KPMG Peat Marwick. Prior to that, he had been Vice-President of AIESEC International, the student led organisation, from 1991 to 1992. Appointed Director in 1999, he moved to Sao Paulo to launch Michael Page Brazil, and then launched offices in Mexico in 2006, Argentina in 2008, Chile in 2010 and Colombia in 2011. Appointed Regional Managing Director in 2007, he is currently responsible for PageGroup’s operations in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

Gary James

Executive Board Director, Asia Pacific

Gary joined Michael Page Finance in London in 1984. He was appointed Director of Michael Page UK Sales & Marketing in 1994 and Managing Director of Michael Page UK Marketing in 1997. In 2002 he transferred to the USA on his appointment as Managing Director of our business in North America. He was appointed Managing Director of the Asia Pacific region in August 2006, based initially in Australia and more recently in Singapore.

Olivier Lemaitre

Executive Board Director Continental Europe

Olivier joined Michael Page Finance in Paris in 1997, having worked previously as a Controller for Renault in Poland. In 1999, he moved to Sao Paulo to launch Michael Page Brazil, before returning to Europe in November 2002 to lead our Michael Page Frankfurt office. He was appointed Managing Director of Michael Page Germany in 2004. In 2007, he was appointed Regional Managing Director in charge of Austria, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg and Switzerland. He is currently responsible for PageGroup’s operations in Continental Europe.

Kelvin Stagg

Chief Financial Officer

See biography above.

Oliver Watson

Executive Board Director UK & North America

Oliver joined Michael Page in 1995 as a consultant in London. He was appointed Director of Michael Page UK Sales in 1997 and then Managing Director in 2002. In 2006, he was appointed Regional Managing Director for Michael Page UK Sales, Marketing and Retail. In 2007, he launched Michael Page Middle East and has since developed our office network across the region. In 2009, he became Regional Managing Director for Michael Page UK Finance, Marketing and Sales, Middle East, Scotland and Ireland. He is currently responsible for PageGroup operations in the UK, USA and Canada.