Russ Houlden (55)
Chief Financial Officer
Responsibilities: To manage the group's financial affairs and to contribute to the management of the group's business.
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Management Sciences, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Chartered Global Management Accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Appointment to the board: October 2010.
Committee membership: Treasury.
Current directorships/business interests: Russ is a Member of the Supervisory Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Orange Polska SA, a fixed and mobile telecommunications company listed on the Warsaw and London stock exchanges. He is a Member of the Main Committee and Chairman of the Financial Reporting Committee of the 100 Group. He is also chief financial officer and a director of United Utilities Water PLC.
Career experience: Chief financial officer at Telecom New Zealand. Previously finance director of Lovells, BT Wholesale, BT Networks and Information Services, ICI Polyurethanes and ICI Japan.
Skills and experience: Russ's experience in accounting, finance and treasury management in other competitive and regulated companies, along with his extensive experience of driving performance improvement and managing large capital expenditure programmes, provides the group with valuable expertise with regard to its drive for improvements in customer service, operations, capital expenditure and financing.
Brian May (50)
Independent non-executive director
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science, Chartered Accountant ACA.
Appointment to the board: September 2012.
Committee membership: Audit (chair), nomination, treasury (chair).
Current directorships/business interests: Finance director at Bunzl plc. He is also an independent non-executive director of United Utilities Water PLC.
Career experience: Brian has been finance director at Bunzl plc since 2006 and prior to that held a number of senior finance roles within the company. Prior to joining Bunzl, Brian qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG.
Skills and experience: Brian joined Bunzl in 1993 as head of internal audit before becoming group treasurer, then finance director, Europe and Australasia, and is currently group finance director. Brian's background and the various finance roles that he has held are major assets to the board in chairing both the audit committee and the treasury committee.