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Sir Richard Olver

Sir Richard Olver

Experienced Chairman: FTSE 100, Public Sector
Experienced CEO: Public Sector, Private Sector

  • 22 years of international senior leadership experience 
  • Multi-industry knowledge in energy, oil and gas, defense, media, financial services, private equity, government
  • Experience as an Audit Committee member, Compensation Committee member, Human Resources Committee member, Nomination Committee member
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Current Positions

Sir Richard is an adviser to Clayton, Dubilier and Rice LLC as well as to HSBC Holdings plc. In the oil and gas industry, he is a Director of Sand Hill Petroleum SA.

Industry Knowledge

Sir Richard Olver served as Non-Executive Chairman of BAE Systems, one of the world’s largest defence contractors, from 2004 until 2014. 

Prior to joining BAE Systems, he had a 30+ year career with BP plc, where he served as Deputy Group Chief Executive of BP plc from 2003 and Chief Executive, Exploration and Production from 1998. He continued his association with BP as Deputy Chairman of TNK-BP from July 2004 until October 2006. He was a Non-Executive director of Reuters and Thomson Reuters from 1997-2008.

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Val Gooding CBE

Val Gooding CBE

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Charles (Chad) Holliday

Charles (Chad) Holliday

Chad Holliday is Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell and serves as the Lead Independent Director at Deere & Company and Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). He previously served as CEO and then Chairman of Dupont, Chairman of the Bank of America Corporation, The Business Council, Catalyst, the National Academy of Engineering, the Society of Chemical Industry (American Section) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

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Baroness Sarah Hogg

Baroness Sarah Hogg

Baroness Sarah Hogg is currently a Senior Independent Director of Royal Mail plc. She holds a Non-Executive Directorship at The Times Newspaper Holdings Limited. Baroness Hogg has extensive experience of business, government and the media, having worked at the highest level in all three sectors.

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Rona Fairhead

Rona Fairhead
The Baroness Fairhead CBE

Rona Fairhead (The Baroness Fairhead CBE) is currently a Non-Executive Director and Member of the Finance and Audit Committee of Oracle Corporation, a director of SurvivorNet (healthcare start-up), member of the External Advisory Group, McKinsey & Co and a Member of the House of Lords. Baroness Fairhead was previously the Chairman and CEO of the Financial Times Group.

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