CRODA - Key Persons


Alan Ferguson

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Nomination Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee
  • Non - Executive Director
  • Senior Independent Director
  • Member of Committee
  • Senior Independent Director of Johnson Matthey Plc
Key strengths and experience: Extensive international financial management and board experience. Alan was a Non-Executive Director of The Weir Group Plc until April 2018 and Chief Financial Officer and a Director of Lonmin Plc until December 2010. Prior to that he was Group Finance Director of The BOC Group until 2006. Before then he spent 22 years in a variety of roles at Inchcape plc, including 6 years as Group Finance Director from 1999. Alan is a Chartered Accountant. External appointments: Alan is Senior Independent Director of Johnson Matthey Plc and Senior Independent Director of Marshall Motor Holdings Plc, an AIM listed company. He chairs the Audit Committee at both these companies. With effect from October 2018 Alan has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of AngloGold Ashanti Limited. Alan sits on the Business Policy Panel of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Committee membership: Chairman of the Audit Committee, member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

ALAN MURRAY FERGUSON

Job Titles:
  • CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT
  • Director

Anita Frew, Chairman

Job Titles:
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Chairman of the Nomination Committee
  • Non - Executive Chairman

ANITA MARGARET FREW

Job Titles:
  • COMPANY DIRECTOR

Anthony Fitzpatrick

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Routine Business Committee
  • President Corporate Development

Conleth Campbell

Job Titles:
  • Corporate Finance
  • Vice President Investor Relations

Graham Myers

Job Titles:
  • Group Financial Controller
  • Member of the Routine Business Committee

Harto Basuki

Job Titles:
  • Operations Manager, Croda Indonesia

Helena Ganczakowski

Job Titles:
  • Chairman of the Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Nomination Committee
  • Non - Executive Director
  • Member of Committee
  • Non - Executive Director of Greggs Plc
Key strengths and experience: Wealth of experience in consumer marketing and innovative product development. Helena worked for Unilever for 23 years and held senior positions in brand management, consumer marketing and strategy development. Helena has a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. External appointments: Helena is a Non-Executive Director of Greggs Plc. She runs a consulting business working with a range of organisations, helping them to develop and implement strategies. Committee membership: Chairman of Remuneration Committee, member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.

HELENA LOUISE GANCZAKOWSKI

Job Titles:
  • DIRECTOR


Jacqui Ferguson, CEO

Job Titles:
  • CEO
  • Member of the Nomination Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee
  • Non - Executive Director
  • Member of Committee
  • Non - Executive Director of Wood Plc
Key strengths and experience: Jacqui is an experienced CEO from the technology industry. Jacqui is the former CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services UK, Ireland, Middle East Mediterranean and Africa, a business serving large corporate and mid-sized companies with transformational digital, technology and business process solutions. She was also Chief of Staff at Hewlett Packard working with the Chairman and CEO focused on a new company strategy and transformation. Prior to Hewlett Packard Jacqui worked for Electronic Data Systems, acquired by HP in 2008, and KPMG. Jacqui has also chaired the public services strategy board for the CBI and was a member of the Tech Partnership. External appointments: Jacqui is currently a non-executive director of Wood Plc and a non-executive director of Tesco Bank. Jacqui is a Trustee of Engineering UK and member of the Scottish First Ministers Advisory Board for Women and Girls. Committee membership: Member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

JEREMY KIM MAIDEN

Job Titles:
  • ACCOUNTANT
  • Director

Jez Maiden, CFO

Job Titles:
  • Chairman of the Risk Management Committee
  • Group Finance Director
  • Member of the Routine Business Committee
  • Member of Committee
Key strengths and experience: Extensive experience in financial management, and acquisitions and disposals, and a wealth of experience working in the speciality chemical sector. Jez was Group Finance Director at National Express Group Plc from 2008 to 2014. Prior to that, he was Group Finance Director at Northern Foods Plc and he has been Chief Financial Officer at British Vita Plc as well as Group Finance Director at Hickson International Plc, both listed speciality chemical companies. Former Chairman of the Audit Committee and Senior Independent Director of Synthomer Plc. Jez is a fellow of the CIMA.

KEITH LAYDEN, CTO

Job Titles:
  • CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
  • Director
  • Member of the Nomination Committee
  • Non - Executive Director
  • Honorary Professor of Chemistry and Industry at the University of Nottingham
  • Member of Committee
Key strengths and experience: Deep understanding of chemical innovation and broad operational and management experience. Keith joined Croda in 1984 and was appointed to the Board as Chief Technology Officer in February 2012. Until January 2016 he was responsible for the Technology Investment Group. Up until his retirement in April 2017 he was responsible for global R&D and was also President Life Sciences. External appointments: Keith is an Honorary Professor of Chemistry and Industry at the University of Nottingham and represents Croda as a member of the advisory board for chemistry at the Universities of Nottingham and York. At the University of Sheffield he serves as a member of Council, a Representative of the Learning and Teaching Committee, Careers Advisory Board and Alumni Board. Keith is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Trustee and member of Council at the Royal Society of Chemistry. Committee membership: Member of the Nomination Committee.

Maarten Heybroek

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Routine Business Committee
  • President Performance Technologies & Industrial Chemicals / Member / Member

Nick Challoner

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Routine Business Committee
  • President Life Sciences / Member / Member

Nigel Fenwick

Job Titles:
  • Head of Global Talent & People Development

ROBERTO CIRILLO

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • GENERAL MANAGER
  • Member of the Nomination Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee
  • Non - Executive Director
  • Member of Committee
Key strengths and experience: Roberto brings with him a wealth of experience in operations and strategy having worked in a number of international roles over the last 20 years. Up until February 2018 he was Chief Executive Officer of Optegra International Limited, the international eye healthcare company. Before that he spent seven years at Sodexo, where he played a critical role in the company's transformation and growth, working in a variety of roles, including in strategy and later as Group COO and as Country CEO of their French business. Prior to that Roberto worked as a consultant at Mckinsey & Company across many different areas and countries. Committee membership: Member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Sandra Breene

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Routine Business Committee
  • President Personal Care / Member / Member

Shi Qi Ong

Job Titles:
  • Graduate Trainee, Singapore

STEPHEN EDWARD FOOTS, CEO

Job Titles:
  • CHIEF EXECUTIVE
  • Director

STEPHEN GEOFFREY WILLIAMS

Job Titles:
  • DIRECTOR

Steve Foots, CEO

Job Titles:
  • Chairman of Group Executive Committee
  • Group Chief Executive
  • Member of the Routine Business Committee
  • Chairman of Group Finance Committee
  • Member of Committee
Appointment: Appointed to the Board in July 2010 and Group Chief Executive since the beginning of 2012. Key strengths and experience: Strong business, operational and strategic leadership, wide-ranging sales and marketing experience. Steve joined Croda as a graduate trainee in 1990 and has held a number of senior management positions in the Group, becoming President of Croda Europe in July 2010. Prior to this, Steve held a number of Managing Director roles across Croda's European business.

Steve Williams

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Nomination Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee
  • Non - Executive Director
  • Member of Committee
Key strengths and experience: Extensive industry, legal and board experience. Steve was General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Unilever plc and Unilever NV from 1986 until 2010. From 2004 until 2010 he was Senior Independent Director of Arriva Plc. From 1995 until 2004 he was a Non-Executive Director of Bunzl plc. Up until June 2017 Steve was a Non-Executive Director of Whitbread PLC where he was also Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. External appointments: Steve is a Non-Executive Director of Eversheds LLP and a senior adviser to Spencer Stuart LLP. He is Deputy Chairman of the De La Warr Pavilion Charitable Trust, a member of the Board of Leverhulme Trust and Deputy Chairman Moorfields NHS Trust. Committee membership: Member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

Stuart Arnott

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Routine Business Committee
  • President Global Operations / Member / Chairman

THOMAS MICHAEL BROPHY, Secretary

Job Titles:
  • Company Secretary

Tom Brophy, Chief Legal Officer, Secretary

Job Titles:
  • Company Secretary
  • Group General Counsel
  • Member of the Routine Business Committee
  • Solicitor
  • Group General Counsel and Company Secretary / Member / Member
  • Member of Committee
Key strengths and experience: Tom is a solicitor and has responsibility for legal affairs, corporate governance, insurance and human resources. Prior to joining Croda, Tom spent seven years at Wolseley Plc in a number of legal and governance roles, including as Deputy General Counsel and Company Secretary. Before then he worked as a corporate lawyer at City law firm Hogan Lovells. Committee membership: Secretary to the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees, Chairman of the Ethics Committee, member of the Group Executive and Risk Management Committees.