The Board of Directors

Presenting the current Board of Directors of DS Smith Plc with Miles Roberts as the Group Chief Executive and Gareth Davis as the Chairman.

Name Position
Gareth Davis Chairman
Miles Roberts Group Chief Executive
Adrian Marsh Group Finance Director
Chris Britton Non-Executive Director
Ian Griffiths Non-Executive Director
Jonathan Nicholls Senior Independent Director
Kathleen O'Donovan Non-Executive Director
Louise Smalley Non-Executive Director
Iain Simm Group General Counsel & 
Company Secretary

Gareth Davis - Chairman

  • Appointed Chairman of the Board on 4 January 2012
  • Appointed to the Board on 1 June 2010 as a non-Executive Director. He is Chairman and a member of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Skills and experience

Gareth is currently chairman of Wolseley plc and William Hill PLC (he is expected to step down from this role before William Hill's 2018 AGM). He was previously Group Chief Executive of Imperial Tobacco Group PLC.

Miles Roberts - Group Chief Executive

  • Appointed to the Board as an Executive Director and as Group Chief Executive on 4 May 2010
  • Member of the Nomination and General Purposes Committees

Skills and experience

He is a non-Executive Director of Aggreko plc. He was previously Chief Executive of McBride plc from July 2005 until April 2010 having originally joined as its Group Finance Director in January 2002. 

Adrian Marsh - Group Finance Director

  • Appointed to the Board as an Executive Director and as Group Finance Director on 24 September 2013
  • Member of the General Purposes Committee

Skills and experience

He was previously Group Director of Tax, Treasury and Corporate Finance of Tesco PLC. Prior to this he was European CFO at AstraZeneca plc and CFO Global Building Products at Pilkington plc. 

Chris Britton - Non-Executive Director

  • Appointed to the Board on 6 March 2013 as a non-Executive Director
  • Member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Audit Committees

Skills and experience

Chris is currently chairman of two private equity portfolio companies, Graze and Dr Gerard. He is an investor/director in a number of food and drink consumer brands. He was previously non-Executive Director for Alliance Boots GmbH for six years, founder and MD of B&B Investment Partners and CEO of the Findus Group. He has additionally held executive board positions at a number of companies. Before that he worked for Diageo for 20 years in marketing and general management positions, including his final role as global marketing director of Diageo

Ian Griffiths - Non-Executive Director

 

  • Appointed to the Board on 23 June 2014 as a non-Executive Director
  • Member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Audit Committees

Skills and experience

Ian is Chief Operating Officer and Group Finance Director of ITV plc. He was at EMAP plc for 13 years in various senior finance positions including Group Finance Director from 2005 to 2008. Prior to that he was at Ernst & Young LLP, where he worked in the corporate finance team.

 

Jonathan Nicholls - Senior Independent Director

 

  • Appointed to the Board on 1 December 2009 as a non-Executive Director
  • Appointed Senior Independent Director on 4 July 2012
  • Chairman and member of the Audit Committee. Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees

Skills and experience

He is Chairman of Shaftesbury Plc and Senior Independent Director of Ibstock PLC. He was previously Group Finance Director of Hanson Plc and was most recently Group Finance Director of Old Mutual Plc. He was a non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Great Portland Estates plc and a non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of SIG plc.

Kathleen O'Donovan - Non-Executive Director

  • Appointed to the Board as a non-Executive Director on 5 December 2012
  • Chairman and member of the Remuneration Committee. Member of the Nomination and Audit Committees

Skills and experience

She was previously a Senior Independent Director and Chair of Audit Committee of Arm Holdings plc and Great Portland Estates plc; non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit Committee of Prudential plc and EMI Group plc and Non-Executive Director of O2 plc. She served as a Director and Chair of Audit Committee on the Court of the Bank of England from 1998 to 2004 and was Chief Financial Officer of BTR plc and Invensys plc from 1991 to 2002.

Louise Smalley - Non-Executive Director

  • Appointed to the Board as a non-Executive Director on 23 June 2014
  • Member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Audit Committees

Skills and experience

She is Group Human Resources Director of Whitbread PLC. She is a trustee of People 1st. She previously worked in the oil industry, with BP and Esso Petroleum. 

Iain Simm - Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

  • appointed as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
    on 6 June 2016.

Skills and experience

He was previously General Counsel and Company Secretary with BBA Aviation Plc and prior to that General Counsel at P&O Ports Ltd. He undertook his legal training with Slaughter and May and worked for a number of years in their corporate and commercial group.