Group Board

The Board is responsible for setting the objectives and strategy for the Group and for monitoring performance and risk management. The Board is committed to ensuring that it provides effective leadership and promotes uncompromising ethical standards, setting the tone for the Company.

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  • Keith Williams

    Independent Non-Executive Chair

    Keith Williams

    Independent Non-Executive Chair

    Appointed to the Board

    Non-Executive Director on 1 January 2018

    Non-Executive Deputy Chair on 7 November 2018

    Non-Executive Chair on 22 May 2019

    Interim Executive Chair on 15 May 2020

    Non-Executive Chair on 1 February 2021

    Skills and experience

    • Proven business leader with significant chair and board leadership experience. Keith spent 18 years at British Airways, including five years as CFO, three years as CEO and two years as Executive Chair, during which time he led the transformation of British Airways. Formerly a Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, a Non-Executive Director of Aviva plc and an Executive Board member and Chair of the Audit Committee at Transport for London.
    • Extensive industrial relations, operational and customer service experience.
    • Chartered accountant.

    Significant external appointments

    Chair of Halfords Group plc

  • Simon Thompson

    Chief Executive Officer of Royal Mail

    Simon Thompson

    Chief Executive Officer of Royal Mail

    Appointed to the Board

    Non-Executive Director on 1 November 2017

    Chief Executive Officer of Royal Mail on 11 January 2021

    Skills and experience

    • Extensive experience as a global business leader.
    • Proven track record in delivering digital transformation and enhanced customer experience. Simon has held senior positions at HSBC, Ocado plc, Honda Motor Europe Ltd, Motorola Inc, lastminute.com, Apple Inc. and Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc.
    • Former Royal Mail Designated Non-Executive Director for workforce engagement.

    Significant external appointments

    Member of the Digital Advisory Board of Coca Cola Europacific Partners

  • Martin Seidenberg

    Chief Executive Officer of GLS

    Martin Seidenberg

    Chief Executive Officer of GLS

    Appointed to the Board

    1 April 2021

    Skills and experience

    • Significant international and logistics experience. Martin spent 15 years with Deutsche Post DHL in a variety of senior logistics, parcel-related and strategic roles including CEO of the DACH region at DHL Supply Chain.
    • Deep knowledge of GLS, having joined in 2015 as Chairman of GLS Germany, becoming GLS Group CEO in June 2020.

    Significant external appointments

    None

  • Mick Jeavons

    Group Chief Financial Officer

    Mick Jeavons

    Group Chief Financial Officer

    Appointed to the Board

    11 January 2021

    Skills and experience

    • Significant financial, logistics and industrial relations experience. Mick joined Royal Mail in 1993 and has held various senior roles, including Corporate Finance Director at the time of the IPO in 2013 and Chief of Staff to the then CEO.
    • Chartered accountant.

    Significant external appointments

    None

  • Baroness Hogg

    Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

    Baroness Hogg

    Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

    Appointed to the Board

    1 October 2019

    Skills and experience

    • Extensive board and governance experience, having served as Chair of 3i Group plc and as a Non-Executive Director of several companies, including BG Group and GKN plc. Baroness Hogg won the Sunday Times Lifetime Achievement Award for Non-Executive Directors in 2017.
    • Significant political and regulatory experience through her former roles as Lead Independent Non-Executive Director of HM Treasury, Chair of the Financial Reporting Council and Head of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit under John Major. She was granted a life peerage in 1995 and sits in the House of Lords as a crossbencher.

    Significant external appointments

    None

     

  • Maria da Cunha

    Independent Non-Executive Director and Designated Non-Executive Director for engagement with the workforce

    Maria da Cunha

    Independent Non-Executive Director and Designated Non-Executive Director for engagement with the workforce

    Appointed to the Board

    22 May 2019

    Skills and experience

    • Extensive experience in industrial relations, transformation programmes and employee engagement gained through her 18-year career at British Airways, where Maria was the Director of People, Legal and Government and Industry Affairs, and the Director of People and Legal.
    • Qualified solicitor with significant risk, compliance and legal knowledge, having held various positions with Hogan Lovells, Lloyds of London and Law College of Europe.

    Significant external appointments

    Panel Member of the Competition and Markets Authority

  • Michael Findlay

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Michael Findlay

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Appointed to the Board

    22 May 2019

    Skills and experience

    • Extensive strategy, finance and M&A experience. Michael spent 27 years in investment banking at Robert Fleming & Co, UBS and most recently Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he was Co-Head of Investment Banking and Corporate Broking for the UK and Ireland.
    • Significant knowledge of the letters and parcel sector. He is a former Non-Executive Director of UK Mail Group plc, where he was also the Senior Independent Director, Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

    Significant external appointments

    Chair of Morgan Sindall Group plc

    Chair of London Stock Exchange plc (a subsidiary of London Stock Exchange Group plc)

     

  • Lynne Peacock

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Lynne Peacock

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Appointed to the Board

    1 November 2019

    Skills and experience

    • Significant board and executive experience, having served as the CEO of National Australia Bank Europe Limited (NAB) and the CEO of Woolwich plc. Lynne was formerly a Non-Executive Director at Standard Life Aberdeen plc, Scottish Water, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc and Nationwide Building Society.
    • Transactional experience gained through her involvement in Woolwich plc’s IPO and FTSE 100 listing and its sale to Barclays, the disinvestment of NAB’s Irish operations and the integration of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks.

    Significant external appointments

    Senior Independent Director of Serco Group plc

    Non-Executive Director of TSB Banking Group plc

    Senior Independent Director of TSB Bank plc (a subsidiary of TSB Banking Group plc)

  • Shashi Verma

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Shashi Verma

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Appointed to the Board

    29 September 2021

    Skills and experience 

    • Proven business leader with extensive experience in developing innovative technology. Shashi is currently the Director of Strategy and Chief Technology Officer at Transport for London (TfL), a role in which he is responsible for the operation of TfL’s revenue collection system. He also led the development and implementation of contactless payments on TfL’s systems.
    • Significant customer service experience gained through his responsibility for integrating TfL’s customer-facing activities and for running its customer service operations.

    Significant external appointments

    None

  • Jourik Hooghe

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Jourik Hooghe

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Appointed to the Board

    1 June 2022

    Skills and experience

    • Extensive financial, accounting, operations and strategy experience in consumer goods and retail businesses. Jourik is currently Executive Vice President and Group Chief Financial Officer of Wizz Air Holdings plc, a role in which he is responsible for the company’s finance and supply chain organisation.
    • During his 18-year career at Procter & Gamble, Jourik held various finance roles, including Head of Global Strategy and Regional CFO, in businesses across Europe, India, China, Middle East and Africa. Jourik also spent time at Adecco Group, where he transformed the finance and accounting function into a data and technology-driven organisation.

    Significant external appointments

    None

  • Mark Amsden

    Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

    Mark Amsden

    Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

    Appointed to the Board

    8 April 2019

    Skills and experience

    • Significant legal and company secretarial experience. Mark was the former General Counsel and Company Secretary of Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc and the interim Company Secretary of Yorkshire Water. Formerly a partner at Addleshaw Goddard LLP, where he specialised in corporate litigation and headed up the national IT litigation practice.
    • Data and technological experience. Mark helped oversee Morrisons move online with Ocado and then Amazon, and dealt with the response to Morrisons’ employee data theft in 2014.

    Significant external appointments

    None