Alan Thomson

Non-Executive Chairman

Age:  70

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.

Alistair Cox

Chief Executive

Age: 56

Appointed: 1 September 2007

Skills and experience: A Chartered Engineer with an MBA from Stanford University, Alistair’s early career was in various field engineering, management and research science roles with British Aerospace and then Schlumberger. Following his MBA, Alistair worked for McKinsey & Company before joining Blue Circle Industries, where he was the Group Strategy Director and then the Regional Director for Asia. Prior to joining Hays, Alistair was Chief Executive of Xansa plc. Alistair was, until November 2015, a non-executive director of 3i Group plc.

Principal external appointments: Non-Executive Director of Just Eat plc.

Paul Venables

Group Finance Director

Age: 55

Appointed: 2 May 2006

Skills and experience: A Chartered Accountant and also USA qualified, Paul started his career at Deloitte & Touche where he was a Senior Manager in its USA practice. This was followed by a 13-year career at Exel plc where he held a number of senior finance and operational roles including Deputy Group Finance Director and was a member of the Executive Board of Exel plc and Chairman of their Acquisitions and Project Review Board. Following the acquisition of Exel plc by Deutsche Post, Paul worked in its DHL Logistics division before joining Hays. Paul was, until July 2015, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Wincanton plc. 

Paul Harrison

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Age: 53

Appointed: 8 May 2007 (and Senior Independent Director on 9 November 2011)

Committees: Remuneration (Chairman), Audit and Nomination

Skills and experience: Paul trained as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse. He joined The Sage Group plc as Financial Controller in 1997 and was Group Finance Director from 2000 to 2013. From September 2013 to September 2016, Paul was Chief Financial Officer of WANdisco plc. On 26 September 2016, Paul joined Just Eat plc as Chief Financial Officer. Paul was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Ascential plc in January 2016, where he is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and is also a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Victoria Jarman

Independent Non-Executive Director

Age: 45

Appointed: 1 October 2011

Committees: Audit (Chairman), Nomination and Remuneration

Skills and experience: An engineering graduate of the University of Leicester and a Chartered Accountant, Victoria started her career with KPMG before moving to Lazard Corporate Finance, where she was Chief Operating Officer of Lazard’s London and Middle East operations and a member of its European Management Committee. Victoria was, until July 2016, a Non-Executive Director of De La Rue plc. Victoria is a Non-Executive Director of Equiniti Group plc where she is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Risk Committee.

Torsten Kreindl

Independent Non-Executive Director

Age: 54

Appointed: 1 June 2013

Committees: Audit, Nomination and Remuneration

Skills and experience: A graduate from Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria with a PhD in industrial engineering and technical chemistry. Torsten has held senior executive positions for Booz Allen Hamilton and Deutsche Telekom AG. He is a partner in Grazia Equity, a Munich-based capital firm.



Age: 57

Appointed: 12 July 2017

Committees: Audit, Nomination and Remuneration

Skills and experience: Andy trained as a Chartered Accountant at Peat Marwick before moving to Arthur Andersen where he became a partner. He was, until 2015, Group Chief Operating Officer, Europe and Japan, for Compass Group plc, having previously been their Group Finance Director from 2004 to 2012.  Before joining Compass Group, Andy was Group Finance Director at First Choice Holidays plc and prior to that held a number of Senior Finance roles at Granada Group plc. Since 2011 Andy has been a Non-Executive Director of easyJet plc, Chairing their IT Governance and Oversight Committee and Finance Committee, and, since 2016 has been a Non-Executive Director at Intertek Group plc, and since 2017 has been Chair of their Audit Committee.



Age: 60

Appointed: 12 July 2017

Committees: Audit, Nomination and Remuneration

Skills and experience: Susan’s executive career was spent in consumer goods and retail, with organisations such as Colgate Palmolive, Kraft, Duracell and Diageo and, most recently, as CEO of Littlewoods Stores. From 2007 to 2017, Susan served as a Non-Executive Director of Compass Group plc; and from 2004 to 2014 she was a Non-Executive Director of Imperial Tobacco Group (now Imperial Brands plc) and Enterprise Inns (now EI Group plc), chairing the Remuneration Committee of the latter from 2009 to 2014 and being a member of the former’s Remuneration Committee throughout her tenure. Previously, Susan has held directorships at Wm Morrison, SSL International plc, the Advertising Standards Authority and Aberdeen Asset Management plc.  Susan Murray has been a Non-Executive Director of Grafton Group plc since 2016, where she also chairs their Remuneration Committee.  


Independent Non-Executive Director

Age: 62

Appointed: 14 December 2015

Committees: Audit, Nomination and Remuneration

Skills and experience: An experienced media and advertising professional, MT Rainey has worked extensively in the UK and US.  MT founded the advertising agency Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe, which she grew to a top 20 agency before it was sold to Y&R, a subsidiary of WPP plc, and where MT was CEO then Chair until 2005. In addition she was Chair of the leading digital strategy agency Th_nk Ltd from 2008-2015. MT is a non-executive director of Channel 4 Television. Previous non-executive directorships held by MT include WH Smith plc, STV Group plc and Pinewood Group plc. MT has Masters degrees from Aston University and Glasgow University.

Pippa Wicks

Independent Non-Executive Director

Age: 54

Appointed: 1 January 2012

Committees: Audit, Nomination and Remuneration

Skills and experience: A post-graduate of Oxford University with a diploma in corporate finance from the London Business School, Pippa started her career with Bain & Company. She subsequently became Chief Financial Officer of Courtauld Textiles plc and then Chief Executive Officer of FT Knowledge, the corporate training division of Pearson plc. Her previous non-executive directorships have been with Ladbrokes plc, Hilton International plc and Arcadia plc. Pippa is presently the Managing Director of AlixPartners UK LLP.

Peter Williams

Independent Non-Executive Director

Age: 64

Appointed: 24 February 2015

Committees: Audit, Nomination and Remuneration

Skills and experience: Peter has a Law degree from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Accountant. He was, until 2011, Group Finance Director of Daily Mail & General Trust plc, a role he performed for 19 years, making him one of the longest serving CFOs in the FTSE. Since 2011 Peter has been a Non-Executive Director of Perform Group, a leading digital sports media company; he is also a Trustee of the Royal Academy and a member of the Industrial Advisory Board of GVQ Asset Management, a UK equity management company.

Doug Evans

Company Secretary & General Counsel

Age: 54

Appointed: 4 February 2013

Skills and experience: A law graduate from Rhodes University who began his career with Webber Wentzel in South Africa, specialising in corporate and commercial law before moving in-house. Doug has previously held the posts of Company Secretary & Corporate Legal Director at Exel plc and Group General Counsel at Royal Mail Limited. Prior to joining Hays, Doug was an Executive Director, Company Secretary & General Counsel at Mitchells & Butlers plc.