Robin Adams

Robin Adams is an experienced consultant and researcher in the FTSE350 space. A specialist in the history of UK Chief Executives, he has a PhD in Economic History from St Peter's College, Oxford and a MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics.

Christopher Roche

Christopher Roche is a multi award winning photographer and director whose photographs have been internationally published and exhibited. His directing work includes corporate films and commercials for most of the large advertising agencies. He has developed a speciality in photographing senior executives from business and industry. He recently completed a five year project photographing disappearing faith traditions from around the world.

Non-executive Directorships Advisory Directors

Elisabeth Stheeman

Elisabeth is an external member of the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee and FMI (Financial Market Infrastructure) Board. Additionally, she is a member of the Supervisory Board of Aareal Bank AG; Chair Elect of Edinburgh Investment Trust plc, a FTSE 250 listed investment trust; an external member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank; and a member of alstria AG’s Supervisory Board.

Elisabeth was previously a Non-executive Director of Korian SA and a member of the Supervisory Board and Audit Committee of TLG Immobilien AG. During her executive career she was Global Chief Operating Officer for LaSalle Investment Management, having previously worked Morgan Stanley for more than 20 years.

Patrick de Smedt

At Microsoft, between 1983 and 2006, Patrick founded the Benelux subsidiaries, led the development of the Western European business and ultimately between 2003 and 2006 served as Chair of Microsoft for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He went on to work with early stage ventures, extending his experience of large, established multi-nationals. When Patrick left Microsoft at the end of 2006, the EMEA region generated revenues of $12 billion and had a headcount of 12,000 employees.

He has a deep knowledge of international markets, technology and digital, and diverse industry sectors. Patrick chairs Bytes Technology Group plc, having helped to oversee its float onto the Main Market in December 2020, Emis Group plc and Divitias Holdco Ltd, and is the Senior Independent Director at PageGroup plc. Patrick was formerly Interim Chair at KCOM Group plc and the SID at Anite plc and Morgan Sindall Group plc, where he was also Chair of the Remuneration Committee. He was also a NED and Chair of the Remuneration Committee for Victrex plc and Anite plc.

John Coghlan

John Coghlan is a chartered accountant who has a background in financial and general management across a variety of sectors. He is the former Chair of Inchcape Shipping Services and a former NED and Audit Chair of Associated British Ports Holdings. Currently, John is a Non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Severn Trent plc and Clarion Housing Association and a NED of OCS Group Ltd.

Previously, John was a Director of Exel plc for 11 years to 2006, where he was Deputy Chief Executive and Group Finance Director. Prior to Exel, John worked for Tomkins plc and Arthur Andersen for many years. Since 2006, John has been a Non-executive Director of various publicly quoted and private equity-owned companies.

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