Board of directors 

Sir Peter Gershon CBE

Chairman

Joined the Board as an independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman Designate in February 2009. Appointed Chairman in July 2009. Sir Peter has broad business experience gained in large and complex international organisations and has held various leadership roles in the UK private and public sector. He was formerly Chairman of Premier Farnell plc; Chief Executive of the Office of Government Commerce; Managing Director of Marconi Electronic Systems; and a member of the UK Defence Academy Advisory Board. Currently Chairman of National Grid plc, Chairman of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance and a member of the advisory board and Trustee of The Sutton Trust.

Chairman of the Nominations Committee and member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee.

Javed Ahmed

Chief Executive

Joined the Board as Chief Executive in October 2009. Javed has extensive international experience from a wide variety of senior management roles. He started his career with Procter & Gamble and then spent five years with Bain & Co. before joining Benckiser (later Reckitt Benckiser plc) in 1992, where he gained significant experience of international consumer goods markets and held positions including Senior Vice President, Northern Europe; President, North America; Executive Vice President, North America, Australia and New Zealand; and Executive Vice President, Europe. Member of the Nominations Committee.

Member of the Nominations Committee.

Nick Hampton

Chief Financial Officer

Joined the Board in September 2014 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Tate & Lyle, Nick held a number of senior roles over his twenty-year career at PepsiCo, most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Europe in 2008, a position he held until 2013 when he was appointed PepsiCo’s President, West Europe Region and Senior Vice President Commercial, Europe. He is also a non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Great Portland Estates plc.

Liz Airey

Senior Independent Director

Joined the Board in January 2007. Liz was an investment banker and has extensive financial experience in the UK and internationally. She was formerly Finance Director of Monument Oil and Gas plc. Currently Chairman of Jupiter Fund Management PLC.

Member of the Audit and Nominations Committees.

William Camp

Independent non-executive director

Joined the Board in May 2010. Bill worked for 22 years for Archer Daniels Midland Company, before retiring in 2007, and held a variety of management positions including Executive Vice President, Asia Strategy; Executive Vice President, Processing; and Senior Vice President, Global Oil Seeds, Cocoa and Wheat Milling. Currently a director of First Illinois Corporation, Culligan International, Heartland Food Products Group and Ingleby Farms and Forest. Bill will be retiring as director of Tate & Lyle on 31 March 2017.

Chairman of the Corporate Responsibility Committee and member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

Paul Forman

Independent non-executive director

Joined the Board in January 2015. Paul is Group Chief Executive of Coats Group plc, the leading global industrial thread and consumer textiles crafts business. Prior to joining Coats in 2009, he was Group Chief Executive of Low & Bonar PLC, a global performance materials group, and was previously Managing Director at Unipart International, a leading European automative aftermarket supplier. Paul also served as a non-executive director at Brammer PLC from 2006 to 2010.

Member of the Audit, Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

Lars Frederiksen

Independent non-executive director

Joined the Board in April 2016. Lars was CEO of Chr. Hansen Holding A/S from 2005 until his retirement in March 2013, leading a transformation of the business and a successful listing on the Copenhagen stock exchange during that period. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Lars held various management positions at Chr. Hansen, including Executive Vice President, International Operations; Executive Vice President, Bio Ingredients Division; and Executive Vice President, Dairy Ingredients Division. He has a portfolio of directorships, including serving as Chairman of Matas A/S, non-executive director of Falck A/S and Rockwool A/S and Chairman of the Danish Committee for Good Corporate Governance.

Member of the Corporate Responsibility, Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

Douglas Hurt

Independent non-executive director

Joined the Board in March 2010. Douglas is a Chartered Accountant. He held a number of financial and operational roles, including US and European senior management positions at GlaxoSmithKline before joining IMI plc and serving as Finance Director from 2006 until February 2015. Currently senior independent director of Vesuvius plc and a non-executive director of BSI Group.

Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Corporate Responsibility and Nominations Committees.

Jeanne Johns

Independent non-executive director

Joined the Board in October 2016. Jeanne is based in the US and is a non-executive director of Parsons Corporation, a US engineering, construction, technical, and management services organisation. Jeanne worked for 30 years for BP before retiring in 2015, most recently serving as the Head of Safety and Operational Risk for BP’s global downstream business from 2011 to 2015 where she was responsible for overhauling the safety and operational risk organisation. Prior to this role, Jeanne held numerous leadership roles in Europe, the US and China, managing multinational businesses and global strategic business development.

Member of the Corporate Responsibility, Nominations and Remuneration Committees. Jeanne will assume the chairmanship of the Corporate Responsibility Committee with effect from 1 April 2017.

Anne Minto OBE

Independent non-executive director

Joined the Board in December 2012. Anne was Group Director of Human Resources at Centrica plc from 2002 until her retirement in 2011. She previously held senior management roles at Shell UK and Smiths Group plc and was Deputy Director-General of the Engineering Employers’ Federation. Currently a non-executive director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committees of Shire PLC and ExlService Holdings, Inc., Vice Chairman of the University of Aberdeen Development Trust and a non-executive director of the Court of the University of Aberdeen.

Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.

Dr Ajai Puri

Independent non-executive director

Joined the Board in April 2012. Ajai has a PhD in Food Science from the University of Maryland, USA and an MBA from Rollins College, Florida, USA. He was President – Research, Development and Product Integrity and a member of the Executive Board of Koninklijke Numico N.V. from 2003 to 2007. Prior to this, Ajai held various management positions with The Coca-Cola Company, culminating in Senior Vice President Technical, The Minute Maid Company. Currently a non-executive director of Britannia Industries Limited and a non-executive director of Firmenich SA.

Chairman of the Research Advisory Group and member of the Corporate Responsibility, Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

Sybella Stanley

Independent non-executive director

Joined the Board in April 2016. Sybella is Director of Corporate Finance at RELX Group plc where she is responsible for global mergers and acquisitions. Sybella originally qualified as a barrister and before joining RELX Group in 1997, she was a member of the M&A advisory teams at Citigroup and later Barings. Sybella is a non-executive director of The Merchants Trust PLC; a member of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills’ Industrial Development Advisory Board; and a member of the Somerville College Oxford Development Board.

Member of the Audit and Nominations Committees.