The Board

Jan Åstrand

Jan Åstrand

Chairman
Committees: Nomination, Remuneration, Audit

Appointed as Non-Executive Board Chairman and Chairman of the Nomination Committee in November 2014.

Skills and experience

Jan brings broad experience and a focused, strategic approach to the Board, as Speedy concentrates on the delivery of sustainable profit growth.

He was a Non-Executive Director of Lavendon Group Plc from 2010 until early in 2014, latterly as Senior Independent Director. He has also held previous non-executive roles as Chairman of CRC Group PLC and Car Park Group AB in Stockholm as well as being Senior Independent Director of PHS Group Plc, Chairman of easyHotel Plc and Non-Executive Director of Northgate Plc.

Jan’s executive experience includes roles as President and Chief Executive of Axus International Inc. (previously known as Hertz Leasing International), Vice President, Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Hertz (Europe) Limited and Chief Financial Officer of Commodore International.

Russell Down

Russell Down

Chief Executive

Russell was appointed to the Board as Group Finance Director in April 2015 and promoted to Chief Executive in July 2015.

Skills and experience

Russell was formerly Group Finance Director (from 2008 to 2015) at Hyder Consulting Plc (‘Hyder’), the multinational design and engineering consultancy. He spent 17 years in total at Hyder in a number of senior roles, including five years as Group Financial Controller.

Russell is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, having qualified with KPMG, and has previously worked for container leasing company Cronos as Director of Accounting.

 

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan

Group Finance Director

Appointed as Executive Director in April 2016.

Skills and experience

Chris is a highly experienced Finance Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Before joining Speedy, Chris was Chief Financial Officer at Go Outdoors, the UK’s leading retailer of outdoor equipment and clothing, since 2012. He was previously Chief Financial Officer at Focus DIY, and before that held a number of senior finance positions at Tesco including Group Controller from 1999 to 2004, and more recently as Finance Director for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Bob Contreras

Bob Contreras

Non-Executive Director
Committees: Audit, Nomination, Remuneration

Appointed as Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee in December 2015.

Skills and experience

Bob brings extensive asset rental and sector experience to the Board, as Speedy continues to focus on becoming a more lean, efficient and customer-focused business.

Bob was appointed as Chief Executive at Northgate plc, the FTSE-250 leading light commercial vehicle hire business in both the UK and Spain in June 2010. He joined the business as Finance Director in June 2008.

Prior to his appointment at Northgate, Mr Contreras was Managing Director of the Surgical Division of Mölnlycke Health Care Group, a world-leading manufacturer of products and services for the professional healthcare sector.  He was also previously Chief Executive and Finance Director of private equity backed Damovo Group S.A., and Group Finance Director of Azlan Group plc.

Rob Barclay

Rob Barclay

Non-Executive Director
Committees: Remuneration, Nomination, Audit

Appointed as Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee in April 2016.

Skills and experience

Rob brings a wealth of sector experience to the Board. He is currently Managing Director UK, Ireland and Middle East of SIG plc, the market leading supplier of specialist products to the building and construction industry.

Rob joined SIG plc, a FTSE-250 company, in 1997 and has held various senior management roles within the business including Managing Director of SIG Distribution, having led its creation by bringing together the Group's UK insulations, interiors, construction accessories and fixings businesses. Prior to joining SIG Rob was a Regional Manager for a global wood products company based in New Zealand, from where he originates.

David Shearer

David Shearer

Non-Executive Director
Committees: Audit, Nomination

Appointed as Non-Executive Director in September 2016. 

Skills and experience

David is an experienced non-executive director, corporate financier and turnaround specialist and was previously senior partner for Scotland & Northern Ireland and a UK Executive Board member of Deloitte LLP. He is Chairman of Liberty Living Group, Aberdeen New Dawn Investment Trust plc and the Scottish Edge Fund, Senior Independent Director of STV Group plc and a director of Mithras Investment Trust plc.

He was previously the Co-Chairman of Martin Currie (Holdings) Limited, Chairman of Mouchel Group and Crest Nicholson plc and a non-executive director of City Inn Limited in each case standing down after completing the successful restructuring of these businesses. He was also a non-executive director of Renold plc, Superglass Holdings plc and Scottish Financial Enterprise and a Governor of The Glasgow School of Art.

James Blair

James Blair

General Counsel and Company Secretary
Committees: Audit, Nomination, Remuneration

Appointed as Company Secretary to the Board and the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees in April 2012.

Skills and experience

James has over 20 years’ experience as a corporate, commercial and finance lawyer at law firms and major organisations in the UK, New Zealand and internationally. He also holds qualifications in accountancy and as a company secretary through the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

James was formerly a senior legal adviser at United Utilities Group Plc, Dalkia Plc and MITIE Group Plc during the eight years prior to joining the Company.

He started his career as a corporate lawyer at Buddle Findlay, New Zealand before working in London for Allen & Overy, the London Stock Exchange and Credit Suisse.

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