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Corporate governance

The Board

Peter Harris - Non-executive Chairman

Peter Harris

Non-executive Chairman

Peter Harris, aged 67, qualified as a chartered accountant having studied at Sheffield University. After a number of years in the accountancy profession he joined Borden Inc., a multinational food packaging and industrial product company, where he spent 13 years in a variety of senior financial roles. In 1994 Peter was appointed as finance director of RAC plc (formerly Lex Service Plc), a leading automotive services provider. In 1999 he became a group managing director of RAC plc, heading a number of businesses including Lex Transfleet, Lex Multipart, Lex Commercials, Lex Defence and RAC Software Solutions. In April 2006, following the acquisition of RAC plc by Aviva plc, Peter was appointed chief executive of Dawson Holdings plc, the media supply chain business, from which he retired in June 2009. Peter is also chairman of Atmaana Business Consulting Ltd and senior advisor to Chetwode SAS, a Paris-based financial services company, and a member of the Advisory Board of Sovam SAS, a French manufacturer of ground support equipment for the aviation industry. He is a member of the Remuneration and Audit Committees of the Company.

Skills and experience

His extensive international business experience in the public company and charity environment, in which he has had experience of all the major executive and non-executive roles, and extensive experience in corporate governance, coupled with his ongoing career in business strategy consultancy, robustly qualify him for the role of Chairman of the Board.

Eric Hook - Chief Executive

Eric Hook

Chief Executive

Eric Hook, aged 65, qualified as a chartered certified accountant (“FCCA”) in 1983 and spent many years in financial roles, culminating in his appointment as finance director of Harvey Plant Ltd, a subsidiary of Lex Service Plc. In 1994 Eric was appointed chief executive of Andrews Sykes Group Plc, the listed support services company, where he led the turnaround of the loss-making group. Eric left Andrews Sykes in 1999 to lead Longville Group, a private equity-backed consolidation of three industrial hire businesses. He expanded Longville organically and by acquisition to gain a market-leading position in pumps, fluid chillers and diesel generators. Eric left Longville Group to establish Northbridge Industrial Services in 2003.

Skills and experience

His successful track record in the publicly quoted industrial equipment hire sector has given him the experience and credentials to lead the Group as its Chief Executive and to help devise and manage the delivery of its strategic goals and operational performance.

Ash Mehta - Non-executive Director

Ash Mehta

Non-executive Director (independent)

Ash Mehta, aged 53, qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, following which he worked in commercial finance roles in US multinationals. He has since held a number of senior financial roles in fully listed and AIM companies, and has extensive experience in IPO-type fundraisings and acquisitions. Ash was part-time Finance Director of the Group from 2007 to 2011 when he became a Non-executive Director of Northbridge. He is a member of the Remuneration and Audit Committees of the Company.

Skills and experience

His professional qualification, together with his extensive experience in senior finance roles in listed companies, equips him to be an effective Chairman of the Audit Committee, his wide business experience in commercial finance roles allows him to offer a broad input into the Remuneration Committee and his senior management responsibilities, particularly in strategy formulation and corporate finance, are highly relevant to the general business of the Board.

David Marshall - Non-executive Director (independent)

David Marshall

Non-executive Director (independent)

David Marshall, aged 74, is chairman of a number of public listed companies, including Western Selection PLC, which is a substantial shareholder of Northbridge Industrial Services plc. In recent years he has taken a leading role in the reorganisation and development of a number of medium-sized listed companies in the UK and overseas. He is a member of the Remuneration and Audit Committees of the Company.

Skills and experience

David’s breadth of experience in quoted international businesses and corporate finance gives him the stature both to contribute to the Board and its Committees and to represent the Board to external stakeholders.

Ian Gardner - Regional Managing Director

Ian Gardner

Divisional Managing Director

Ian Gardner, aged 52, joined the Group in 2007 and was instrumental in the start-up and subsequent growth of Northbridge Middle East and Northbridge Asia-Pacific and he now holds responsibility for the Group’s oil and gas division, Tasman Oil Tools. Following the successful integration of the Tasman Oil Tools businesses, Ian is now residing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, giving him access to the Tasman division and supporting the new joint venture within the region. Ian has over 28 years’ experience in the industrial services and rental sector, with over 19 years being within international roles, and has championed start-ups and acquisitions and driven growth in Singapore and the Middle East, prior to joining the Group.

Skills and experience

Ian brings to the Board the experience gained from his career in the industrial equipment sector prior to joining the Group which, together with his involvement since joining Northbridge in all the major areas of activity and development of the Group’s operations, enables him to contribute to the Board on a broad range of operational and strategic issues, with particular emphasis on products, markets, customers and industry partners.

Iwan Phillips - Company Secretary

Iwan Phillips

Finance Director

Iwan Phillips, aged 35, studied at Warwick University before joining BDO in 2005, where he qualified as a chartered accountant in 2008. He spent five years at BDO, working on the audits of a variety of businesses but specialising in fully listed and AIM companies. Iwan joined Northbridge in 2010 as the Group Accountant and was appointed the Group’s Finance Director in 2016. He was appointed as Company Secretary in 2011.

Skills and experience

Iwan’s professional training and long service, with continually expanding responsibilities, at Northbridge, have given him the skills and experience to bring financial leadership and direction to the Board and to build, on behalf of the Board, secure and constructive relationships with the shareholders, bankers and other financial stakeholders of the Group.

Nitin Kaul - Non-executive Director (independent)

Nitin Kaul

Non-executive Director (independent)

Nitin Kaul, aged 44, studied at King’s College and City Business School before joining Arthur Andersen in 1996, where he worked across various business lines in Europe, Asia and North America. He joined Tomkins plc in 2002 and spent over 13 years with the group in senior finance, M&A and operating roles, including heading various group businesses in the oil and gas vertical.

Skills and experience

His extensive experience in senior roles in multinational businesses gives him the insight required for the chairmanship of the Remuneration Committee, his blend of finance and operational experience brings a relevant perspective to the Audit Committee and his international experience in senior management and business consultancy, coupled with a broad knowledge of the power and oil and gas markets, is of great value to the Board.

Judith Aldersey-Williams - Non-executive Director

Judith Aldersey-Williams

Non-executive Director (independent)

Judith Aldersey-Williams, aged 55, studied at Cambridge and Harvard before qualifying as a solicitor in 1989. She began her career as a commercial and competition lawyer in the City of London with Travers Smith before moving to Aberdeen and joining CMS, where she became a partner in 2007.  In Aberdeen she has specialised in oil and gas law, advising operators and service companies, large and small, on regulatory issues, upstream contracts, procurement and construction contracts, IT and competition law. She is a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees of the Company.

Skills and experience

Judith’s legal skills add to the range of professional experience on the Board. Her work in the oil and gas sector puts her at the forefront of complex industry legal issues and has given her a thorough understanding of the way the oil and gas industry works, both in operational and cultural terms, the risks it faces and how these are mitigated, which enables her to make a significant contribution to the Board and its Committees.

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