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Val Gooding CBE

Val Gooding CBE

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

  • 24 years of international senior leadership experience
  • Multi-industry knowledge in telecoms, insurance, aviation, health
  • Experience as Compensation Committee Chair, Audit Committee member, Management Development Committee member, Nomination Committee member, Risk Committee member, Strategy Committee member, Sustainability Committee member
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Current Positions

Val Gooding is Senior Independent Director at Vodafone Group and Queen’s Trustee on the Board of Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.

Industry Knowledge

Val was formerly CEO of Bupa, Chairman of Premier Farnell plc, Chairman of Aviva Insurance UK and a Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered plc, J Sainsbury plc, the BBC, Compass plc, BAA plc, Cable & Wireless Communications plc, the Lawn Tennis Association and the Home Office. Val was also Deputy Chairman at the British Museum. 

Val was also a member of the Council of Warwick University, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Warwick Business School, and a Board member of both the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Association of British Insurers. 

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Steven (Steve) Gregg

Steven (Steve) Gregg

Steven is Chairman of Ampol Limited (previously Caltex); Chairman elect of Tabcorp Holdings Limited; a director of Challenger Limited and Challenger Life Company Limited, and William Inglis & Son Limited. He is also the Chairman of Lorna Hodgkinson Foundation and Unisson Disability Limited and a Trustee of the Australian Museum.  Prior to this Steven was Chairman of Goodman Fielder Limited and Chairman of Austock Group Limited.

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Jorma Ollila

Jorma Ollila

Jorma Ollila previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Nokia, as Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell plc and Chairman of Outokumpu Oyj, the global leader in stainless steel. Jorma is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alma Media Corp, Chairman of Miltton Oy and Chairman of Xinova LLC. He is also a Board member of TBG AG and of Tetra Laval International SA and an Advisory Partner of Perella Weinberg Partners LP.

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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 and on the Board of Imagination Technologies in the UK. Sir Peter is also Council Chairman and Senior Pro-Chancellor at Loughborough University and a Board Director at East West Institute USA. 

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Feike Sijbesma

Feike Sijbesma

Feike Sijbesma is Honorary Chairman of Royal DSM, where he has been CEO from 2007 until 2020. He is Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal Philips, Non-Executive Director at Unilever and a member of the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Central Bank.

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