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Sir John Manzoni

Sir John Manzoni

Experienced Chairman: FTSE 100, Public Sector

Experienced CEO: FTSE 100, Government

  • 18 years of international senior Board experience
  • Multi-industry knowledge in alternative energy, beverages, government, oil and gas
  • Experience as an Audit Committee member, Health, Safety and Environment Committee member, Nomination Committee member, Remuneration Committee member, Risk Committee member, Social Responsibility Committee member
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Current Positions

Sir John Manzoni is Chairman of SSE, the UK utility, and Chair Elect of the Atomic Weapons Establishment, a non-departmental UK Government body central to the UK’s nuclear-defence strategy and Continuous at Sea Deterrence (CASD). He is also a Non-Executive Director of Diageo plc and serves on the Global Leadership Council of the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Industry Knowledge

Sir John’s most recent Executive experience from 2013 to 2020 was as the first ever Chief Executive of the UK Civil Service, and Permanent Secretary of the Cabinet Office. He was responsible for improving execution and efficiency across the Civil Service and directly accountable for the running of the Cabinet Office, effectively the “HQ” for HM Government.

Prior to the Civil Service, Sir John spent 25 years at BP, including as Chief Executive of Gas and Power, and latterly as Chief Executive of Refining and Marketing. He joined the Main Board of BP plc in 2003. From 2007 to 2012 he was President and Chief Executive of Talisman Energy, a global exploration and production company based in Canada. He was on the Board of SAB Miller from 2005 to 2014.

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Sir John Parker

Sir John Parker

Sir John Parker has been Chairman of Pennon Group plc and South West Water Ltd, Chairman of National Grid plc, Anglo American plc, Mondi, BVT Joint Venture, RMC Group plc and P&O plc. He has served as Chairman and CEO of both Harland & Wolff and Babcock International. He is currently the Chairman of construction and engineering company Laing O'Rourke.

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Paul Hermelin

Paul Hermelin

Paul Hermelin is Chairman of the Non-Executive Board of Capgemini, a global leader in consulting, digital transformation, technology and engineering services. He is also Chair of the Opera Festival of Aix-en-Provence, the French Chair of the India-France Large companies Forum and the “Special Envoy of the French government for India-France economic relationships”.

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Thomas Thune Andersen

Thomas Thune Andersen

Thomas Thune Andersen is Chairman at Ørsted A/S, ranked as the most sustainable company in the world in 2020 as well as Lloyd’s Register Group, Lloyd’s Register Foundation and VKR Holding A/S and Non-Executive Director at BW Group Ltd and IMI plc.

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Sir Peter Bonfield, CBE, FREng

Sir Peter Bonfield, CBE, FREng

Sir Peter Bonfield is Chairman of NXP Semiconductors N.V., a world leader in automotive semi-conductors. He is Director and Chair of Audit at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, on the Boards of Imagination Technologies in the UK and DarkTrace plc and a Board Director at East West Institute USA. 

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