J.A. Biles, 66 l Senior Independent Director
Appointed: August 2007
Committees: Audit (Chairman), Remuneration and Nomination
Qualifications: Chartered Accountant, qualified with Price Waterhouse & Co after graduating from Exeter University in Chemistry and Physics.
Experience: Worked on a variety of audits and M&A activities at Price Waterhouse, followed by 5 years at EMI plc. In 1981 he joined Racal Electronics and held three successive financial Director roles in defence and energy electronics. In 1991 he was appointed Group Finance Director of Chubb Security PLC. He then joined FKI plc, the engineering group, as Finance Director in 1998 where he remained until 2004. From 2004 until 2011 he joined ArmorGroup International plc as Non-Executive Director and from 2005 to 2012 Charter International plc, from 2005 to 2011 Hermes Fund Managers Limited and Northern Ireland Electricity plc (previously Viridian Group plc) from 2005 to 2011.
External appointments: Non-Executive Director of Sutton & East Surrey Water plc, HellermanTyton Group plc and Skyepharma PLC.
E. Lindqvist, 56 l Non-Executive Director
Appointed: June 2012
Committees: Remuneration (Chair, appointed 1 January 2013), Audit and Nomination
Qualifications: Engineer, graduated with a Masters from Linköping Institute of Technology, Diploma in Marketing from IHM Business School and MBA Financial Analysis from University of Melbourne.
Experience: Began her career in various positions with Ericsson working in Continental Europe, North America and Asia from 1981 to 1990 followed by Director roles with Ericsson from 1993 to 1999. Joined Teliasonera in 2000 as Senior Vice President moving to Xelerated as Chief Executive from 2007 to 2011. Non-Executive Director of Transmode Holdings AB from 2007 to 2013 and of Blekinge Institute of Technology from 2010 to 2013.
External appointments: Appointed as Non-Executive Director of Assa Abloy AB in 2008, Tieto Corporation from 2010, Almi-Innovationsbron since 2007, Episerver in 2011 as well as Sweco AB, Caverion Oy and Micronic Mydata AB since 2013.
K. Rajagopal, 60 l Non-Executive Director
Appointed: September 2008
Committees: Audit, Remuneration and Nomination
Qualifications: A Chartered Mechanical Engineer, graduated with a BTech (Mechanical Engineering IIT) in Madras, India, followed by a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester and was awarded a honorary Doctor of Science degree by Cranfield University. A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
Experience: Joined BOC Edwards after obtaining his PhD and worked in various positions in operations management including Operations Director. Promoted to Managing Director of Edwards in 1993 and Chief Executive of BOC Edwards in 1996. Appointed Executive Director of BOC Group plc in 2000 until 2006. Past member of UK Council for Science and Technology and the Audit Commission. He was Non-Executive Director of Foseco plc from 2005 until 2008 and FSI International (A NASDAQ company) 2000 to 2005.
External appointments: Chairman of UMI3 since 2010 and of HHV Pumps Ltd since 2009. Non-Executive Director of W.S. Atkins plc since 2008, Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc from 2009 and E2V Technologies PLC from 2010.
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