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
David Robbie Non-Executive Director
Louise Smalley Non-Executive Director
Rupert Soames Senior Independent 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 Ferguson plc (formerly Wolseley plc).  He was previously Chairman of William Hill PLC and 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 is a non-Executive Director of John Wood Group PLC and Chair of its Audit Committee. 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, Collective 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 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.

David Robbie – Non-Executive Director

  • Appointed to the Board on 11 April 2019 as a non-Executive Director.
  • Chairman and member of the Audit Committee. Member of the Nomination and  Remuneration Committees.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

David is currently the interim chairman of the FTSE 250 transport company FirstGroup PLC. Prior to that he served as finance director of can-maker Rexam PLC, before its £4.3 billion acquisition by the NYSE listed, Ball Corporation, in 2016. Prior to his role at Rexam, David served in senior finance roles at BTR plc before becoming Group Finance Director at CMG plc in 2000 and then Chief Financial Officer at Royal P&O Nedloyd N.V. in 2004. He served as a non-executive director of the BBC between 2006 and 2010 and as chairman of their audit committee. David qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG.

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 previously worked in the oil industry, with BP and Esso Petroleum. 

Rupert Soames   – Senior Independent Director

  • Appointed to the Board on 1 March 2019 as a non-Executive Director.
  • Appointed Senior Independent Director on 3 September 2019. 
  • Member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Audit Committees.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Rupert is currently Group Chief Executive Officer at Serco Group plc and was previously Chief Executive at Aggreko plc, and Chief Executive of Misys plc Banking and Securities Division. Until July 2016 Rupert was also Senior Independent Director of Electrocomponents plc and a member of their Remuneration, Nomination and Audit Committees.

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.