About the Board

The Board determines the strategic objectives and policies of Capita to best support the delivery of long-term value, providing overall strategic direction within an appropriate framework of rewards, incentives and controls.
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The Board is collectively responsible for the success of the company; the Executive Directors are directly responsible for running the business operations and the Non-Executive Directors are responsible for bringing independent judgement and scrutiny to decisions taken by the Board. See the Investor pages for more information on the role of the board and our committees

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Gordon Boyd

Chief Financial Officer (Interim)

Appointed: November 2020

Key skills and experience: A graduate of Edinburgh University, Gordon holds accountancy and treasury qualifications and an MBA. He has completed the advanced management programme at Harvard Business School and has more than 30 years’ experience at major businesses, including as CFO of several FTSE 250 companies. He has significant experience of leading transformations at businesses including SSE, Infinis, EDF, Drax Group and British Energy.

Board responsibilities: Overall control and responsibility for all financial aspects of the business’s strategy.

Other current appointments: None

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Lyndsay Browne

Employee Non-Executive Director

Appointed: July 2019

Key skills and experience: Lyndsay is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Scotland) and has undertaken various finance roles in insurance and financial services since joining Capita in 2003. She currently works as a finance manager in the Specialist Services division and is involved in commercial contract management, the finance transformation programme and financial reporting. Before joining Capita, Lyndsay worked for KPMG Audit and Advisory in Glasgow and Bermuda.

Other current appointments: None

Committee membership: Remuneration

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John Cresswell

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed: November 2015

Key skills and experience: John has substantial experience in leading and  growing organisations as CEO and executive director. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant, has a BSc in Economics and Politics, and attended the advanced management programme at Harvard Business School. Previously, he was CEO of Bibby Line Group and Arqiva and held a number of executive director roles on the board of ITV plc.

Other current appointments: Member of University of Liverpool Management School Advisory Board.

Committee memberships: Audit and Risk; Nomination; Remuneration

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Georgina Harvey

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed: October 2019

Key skills and experience: Georgina has significant experience across highly competitive consumer-facing markets and of delivering successful transformational change. Prior to her current roles, Georgina was Managing Director of Regionals and a member of the Executive Committee of Trinity Mirror plc from 2005 to 2012.

Other current appointments: Non-Executive and Senior Independent Director of McColl’s Retail Group plc and Non-Executive Director of Superdry plc.

Committee memberships: Audit and Risk; Nomination; Remuneration (Chair)

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Matthew Lester

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed: March 2017

Key skills and experience: Matthew is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles. He was Group Chief Financial Officer of Royal Mail plc from November 2010 to July 2017. Matthew served as Group Chief Financial Officer for ICAP plc from May 2006 to November 2010. Matthew was formerly a Non-Executive Director at Barclays plc and he has also held the position of Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee at Man Group plc.

Other current appointments: Chairman of Kier Group plc.

Committee memberships: Audit and Risk (Chair); Nomination; Remuneration

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Jonathan Lewis

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed: December 2017 

Key skills and experience: Before joining Capita, Jon was Chief Executive Officer of Amec Foster Wheeler. Prior to that, he had a 20-year career at Halliburton Company Inc, where he held a number of senior roles, including Senior Vice President and member of the Halliburton Executive Committee.

Board responsibilities: Managing and developing Capita’s business to achieve the Company’s strategic objectives.

External appointments: Board Member of Equinor ASA.

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David Lowden

Independent Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director Designate 

Appointed: January 2021 

Key skills and experience: David is a highly experienced non-executive director, senior independent director and chair of UK listed companies. He was formerly Chair of Huntsworth plc, Senior Independent Director at Berendsen, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at William Hill, Chair of the Audit Committee at Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc and Chief Executive of Taylor Nelson Sofres plc.

Other current appointments: Chair of PageGroup plc; Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director of Morgan Sindall Group plc.

Committee memberships: Audit and Risk; Nomination; Remuneration

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Joseph Murphy

Employee Non-Executive Director

Appointed: July 2019

Key skills and experience: Joseph works in the technical advisory team in the Real Estate and Infrastructure business within Specialist Services. He joined Capita in 2015 and is a Chartered Civil Engineer with a masters degree in ground engineering. His role involves monitoring and advising on large infrastructure projects in the UK and Europe. His previous experience includes engineering design and construction management.

Other current appointments: None

Committee membership: Audit and Risk

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Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed: December 2017

Key skills and experience: Baroness Neville-Rolfe has been a member of the House of Lords since 2013, and served between 2014 and 2017 as a government minister in the business and culture departments, and as Commercial Secretary to the Treasury. She has a senior background in international retail, governance, legal and regulatory issues, and communications.

Other current appointments: Non-Executive Director of Secure Trust Bank plc, Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, and Health Data Research UK; Chair of Crown Agents Limited and UKASEAN Business Council; and member of the House of Lords EU Select Committee.

Committee memberships: Audit and Risk; Nomination; Remuneration

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Sir Ian Powell

Chairman

Appointed: September 2016

Independent at appointment: Yes

Key skills and experience: Sir Ian was appointed as Non-Executive Director on 1 September 2016 and as Chairman on 1 January 2017. He is a Chartered Accountant and, before his retirement in June 2016, was Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC UK between 2008 and 2016.

Other current appointments: Chairman, Police Now; trustee of The Old Vic, and of Wellbeing of Women; member of the Development Committee, The National Gallery; and board member of London First.

Committee memberships: Nomination (Chair)

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Gillian Sheldon

Senior Independent Director

Appointed: September 2012

Key skills and experience: Gillian is a senior adviser in Credit Suisse’s investment banking division, where she has gained substantial experience of advising boards across a wide range of complex situations and transactions.

Other current appointments: Senior adviser at Credit Suisse; trustee of BBC Children in Need and Chair of its Investment Committee; member of Corporate Advisory Board of the Royal Academy of Arts.

Committee memberships: Audit and Risk; Nomination; Remuneration

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Andrew Williams

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed: January 2015

Key skills and experience: Andrew is Chief Executive of FTSE 100 company Halma plc, a leading specialist in safety, health and environmental technologies. He is also a Chartered Engineer and a production engineering graduate of Birmingham University. He attended the advanced management programme at Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, in 2004.

Other current appointments: Chief Executive of Halma plc; and Non-Executive Director of Cardiff Blues Ltd.

Committee memberships: Audit and Risk; Nomination; Remuneration

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