Appointed: 1 October 2010 (and as Chairman on 10 November 2010)
Committees: Nomination (Chairman)
Skills and experience: A post-graduate of Glasgow University and a Chartered Accountant, Alan’s early career was with Arthur Andersen and Price Waterhouse. This was followed by senior management roles with Rockwell International plc, Raychem Ltd and Courtaulds plc, after which he became Finance Director of Rugby Group plc and then Smiths Group plc. Alan is a former Non-Executive Director of Johnson Matthey plc and Alstom SA, former Chairman of Polypipe Group plc and a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Principal external appointments: Chairman of Bodycote plc and Oxford Instruments plc.