Ian McHoul Chairman BSc, ACA

Chairman, British, aged 61, appointed to the Board on 25 February 2019; Chairman of the Nominations Committee; Ian ceased being a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees on becoming Chairman on 21 May 2019.

Ian is currently a non-executive director and the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Bellway plc, Young & Co’s Brewery P.L.C and Britvic plc, where he is also Senior Independent Director. He was formerly a Non-Executive Director of Wood Group PLC (2017 to 2018) and Premier Foods plc (from 2004 to 2013). He held several roles in his executive career including Chief Financial Officer at Amec Foster Wheeler plc between 2008 to 2017, Group Finance Director at Scottish & Newcastle plc from 2001 to 2008 (Ian was with the business from 1998 in the role of Finance Director for Scottish Courage Ltd), and Finance & Strategy Director, The Inntrepreneur Pub Company from 1995 to 1998. Prior to this he held several roles with Foster’s Brewing Group and qualified as a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales when with KPMG. 

Stephen Bird Group Chief Executive MA

Group Chief Executive, British, aged 60, appointed to the Board on 14 April 2009.

He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Headlam Group plc. He was formerly a Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director of Dialight plc, and a Non-Executive Director of Umeco plc.

He was responsible for setting up Weir's Oil & Gas Division, part of Weir Group plc, and was its Managing Director until he left to join Vitec. Prior to this he worked in senior roles at Danaher Corporation, Black & Decker, Unipart Group, Hepworth PLC and Technicolor Group.

Stephen has an MA from St. John's College, Cambridge.



Martin Green Group Finance Director MA, MBA and ACCA

Group Finance Director, British, aged 52, appointed 4 January 2017. Martin has been with the Group since April 2003 in a variety of roles, most recently as Group Business Development & HR Director, and on 10 February 2020 was appointed Group Finance Director.

Martin was appointed to the Board on 4 January 2017 as Group Business Development Director. Martin has been with the Group since April 2003 in a variety of roles and on 10 February 2020 was appointed Group Finance Director. Martin is an ACCA-qualified accountant and began his Vitec career in financial reporting. He has an MA in Law from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. He trained and qualified as a solicitor with Linklaters & Alliance in the UK. Previously he held corporate development positions at Bunzl plc, at a broadcast equipment rental business and worked in investment banking at N M Rothschild.

Christopher Humphrey Non-Executive Director BA, MBA and FCMA

Non-Executive, independent, British, aged 63, appointed to the Board on 1 December 2013; Senior Independent Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

Chris is Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of AVEVA Group plc and Non-Executive Chairman of Eckoh plc. He was a non-executive director of SDL PLC from June 2016 to November 2020 and formerly Group Chief Executive Officer of Anite plc, holding that position from 2008 until August 2015. Previously, he was their Group Finance Director between 2003 and 2008. He has held senior positions in finance at Conoco, Eurotherm International plc and Critchley Group plc. He was previously a non-executive director of Alterian plc between 2011 and 2012. He is a Chartered Management Accountant and a Fellow of CIMA.

Richard Tyson Non-Executive Director BSc (Hons), DipM, FRAes

Non-Executive, independent, British, aged 50, appointed to the Board on 2 April 2018; member of the Audit, Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

Richard is currently Chief Executive Officer of TT Electronics plc, holding that position since 2014. He was formerly President of the Aerospace & Security Division of Cobham plc from 2008 – 2014 and a member of their Executive Committee. He was previously responsible for TRW Aeronautical Systems (formerly part of Lucas Industries) European aftermarket business before joining Cobham plc in 2003 to run its Flight Refuelling Division.

Richard is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Governor of St Swithun's Independent School for Girls in Hampshire.

Caroline Thomson Non-Executive Director BA and D.Univ

Non-executive, independent, British, aged 67, appointed to the Board on 1 November 2015; Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Nominations Committees.

She is currently Chair of Digital UK, a Non-Executive Director of UKGI and Chair of its Remuneration Committee, and a trustee of Tullie House Gallery in Cumbria.

She was formerly Executive Director of English National Ballet wher she is now a trustee. Until September 2012 Caroline was Chief Operating Officer at the BBC, serving 12 years as a member of the Executive Board.

Caroline received an honorary doctorate from York University in 2013 and was made an honorary Fellow of the University of Cumbria in 2015. She is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society, a trustee of The Conversation and of the National Gallery Trust.

Caroline is a Deputy Lieutenant for Cumbria.

Duncan Penny Non-Executive Director MA

Non-Executive, independent, British, aged 58, appointed to the Board on 1 September 2018; member of the Audit, Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

Duncan was formerly an Executive Director at XP Power having been its Chief Executive from February 2003 to January 2021 and was previously its Finance Director from April 2000 to 2003. Duncan will retire from XP Power in April 2021. Prior to XP Power, Duncan held senior roles with Dell Computer Corporation and LSI Logic Corporation and was an audit manager at Coopers & Lybrand. Duncan has an MA in Chemistry from Oxford University.

Jon Bolton Group Company Secretary and HR Director FCIS, LLB, LLM

Group Company Secretary, British, aged 55, appointed October 2008.

Previously Company Secretary of Waste Recycling Group. Prior to this he held company secretarial positions at GlaxoSmithKline, where he trained as a company secretary and Cable & Wireless where he was Deputy Company Secretary.

He holds a bachelor of law degree, a Masters in Legal Practice and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.