Wayne Edmunds Chairman

Wayne Edmunds

Appointed: 25 January 2016. 

Board Committees: Nominations Committee (Chairman).

Experience: Wayne was Chief Executive Officer of Invensys plc from 2011 until 2014, having worked at the business since 2008 in various roles including Chief Financial Officer from 2009 to 2011. He joined Invensys from Reuters America Inc., where he was Chief Financial Officer, and has held several other senior finance roles in the technology sector including 17 years at Lucent Technologies.

External appointments: Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Ashstead Group plc, Interim Chief Executive of BBA Aviation plc and Non-Executive Director of MSCI Inc.

Michael Sutsko Group Chief Executive

Michael Sutsko

Appointed: 1 June 2015

Board Committees: None

Experience: Michael joined Dialight plc from Laird plc, where he was President of the Performance Materials division. Prior to Laird, Michael held positions at General Electric Advanced Materials, Halma plc, Porex Corporation and W.L. Gore & Associates. He holds an MBA and Masters in Chemical Engineering from Widener University and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

External appointments: None.

Fariyal Khanbabi Group Finance Director

Fariyal Khanbabi

Appointed: 8 September 2014.

Board Committees: None

Experience: From 2009 until joining Dialight in September 2014 Fariyal was Chief Financial Officer at Blue Ocean Group, an independent privately owned £4bn revenue fuel trading and distribution business. She has over ten years’ experience in senior financial positions, including roles at NYSE and Nasdaq-listed companies. 

External appointments: None

Stephen Bird Senior Independent Director

Stephen Bird

Appointed: 10 January 2013. Senior Independent Director since February 2013. 

Board Committees: Audit, Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

Experience: Stephen is currently Group Chief Executive of The Vitec Group and has previous Board experience as a Non-Executive Director of Umeco plc. Prior to joining Vitec, Stephen was Divisional Managing Director of Weir Oil & Gas, part of Weir Group plc, and has held senior roles at Danaher Corporation, Black & Decker, Unipart Group, Hepworth plc and Technicolor Group.

Current external appointments: Group Chief Executive of The Vitec Group plc.

David Blood Non-Executive Director

David Blood

Appointed: 1 July 2015

Board Committees: Nominations Committee.

Experience: David Blood is co-founder and Senior Partner of Generation Investment Management. Previously, he spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs including serving as co-CEO and CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management from 1999-2003. David received a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. 

Current External appointments: David is on the Board of Directors of New Forests, On the Edge Productions, Ashden, SHINE, Social Finance UK and World Resources Institute, as well as being a Life Trustee of Hamilton College.

Martin L Rapp Non-Executive Director

Martin L Rapp

Appointed: 26 April 2016 

Board Committees: Remuneration (Chair), Audit and Nominations Committees.

Experience: Marty was Chief Executive Officer of Laird Technologies, Inc. from 2001 until his retirement in 2011, having held various management roles at Laird plc since joining in 1996. Previously, he held engineering, marketing and management positions with Monsanto, a chemical company, from 1981 to 1996. 

Current external appointments: None

David Thomas Non-Executive Director

David Thomas

Appointed: 26 April 2016 

Board Committees: Audit (Chair), Nominations and Remuneration.

Experience: Chief Financial Officer at Invensys plc from 2011 until his retirement in 2014, having held senior roles across the business since 2002. Prior to joining Invensys, he was a Senior Partner in Ernst & Young, specialising in long-term industrial contracting businesses and is a former member of the Auditing Practices Board. 

Current external appointments: None.

Gaelle Hotellier Non-Executive Director

Gaelle Hotellier

Appointed: 3 October 2016. 

Board Committees: Audit and Nominations Committees.

Experience: Gaelle has worked for the Siemens group since 2002 during which time she has held various senior management roles. Between 2013 and 2015 Gaelle was an Executive Board member of the European Union's Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership with the European Commission. She is also a former Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Siemens Industriegetriebe GmbH in Penig. 

Current external appointments: In transition to a Senior Manager role within Siemens AG Steam Turbine Unit from her role as Chief Operating Officer of Siemens’ Mechanical Drives business in Germany. Gaelle is also a Member of the Advisory Board of Berthold Vollers GmbH.