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The primary role of the Board is to lead Smiths in a way that ensures its long-term sustainable success. The Board is responsible for approving Smiths strategy and for overseeing its implementation. 

Ann Dowling Smiling From Side

Board diversity

In line with the Board’s diversity policy, the expectation is that members of the Board and senior management should collectively possess diversity of gender, national birthplace, social and ethnic backgrounds, cognitive and personal strengths, along with a combination of skills, experience and knowledge. This is important for the effective operation of the Board and oversight of the Group.

 

Board of Directors

Steve Williams
NC RC
Steve Williams
Chair
Steve Williams
Steve Williams
Chair
Appointed: 1 September 2023.

Skills and experience: Steve is an experienced CEO with a track record of growth and transformation. He has more than 40 years of international global business experience. Steve brings a clear focus on environment, social and governance (ESG) matters and throughout his career has demonstrated creating value for customers, shareholders, employees, and communities as both an executive and a non-executive director. Steve has a BSc in Engineering.

Career experience: Steve was previously a non-executive director at TC Energy Corporation. Steve served as an advisory board member of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and a board member of the Business Council of Canada until 2019. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Suncor Energy from 2012 to 2019 and as President from 2011 to 2018. Prior to that, he held various senior leadership roles at Suncor and ExxonMobil in the UK, where he spent 18 years. 

Role Profile - Chairman
Committee Chair
NC Nomination & Governance Committee
Committee Membership
RC Remuneration & People Committee
Other significant appointments

Chair of Alcoa Corporation and Non-executive Director of Enbridge Inc.

Paul Keel
Paul Keel
Chief Executive Officer
Paul Keel
Paul Keel
Chief Executive Officer
Appointed: 25 May 2021

Skills and experience: Paul is CEO of Smiths Group plc, a global industrial technology company and FTSE 100 constituent. He has a strong track record of energising stakeholders and delivering results in diversified, innovation-led businesses. His strategic leadership and international experience positions him well to accelerate Smiths Group’s growth and deliver on its significant potential. He is a graduate of Carleton College and Harvard Business School.

Career experience: Prior to joining Smiths in 2021, Paul worked at 3M Company where he led a number of global businesses ranging in size from $400 million to $5 billion. He was also SVP of several enterprise-wide functions including Manufacturing & Supply Chain, Marketing & Sales, and Strategy & Business Development. Paul’s other experience includes roles of increasing responsibility at General Mills, McKinsey & Company and General Electric.

Role Profile - Chief Executive
Clare Scherrer
Clare Scherrer
Chief Financial Officer
Clare Scherrer
Clare Scherrer
Chief Financial Officer
Appointed: 29 April 2022

Skills and experience: Clare has extensive experience working with and advising a broad range of industrial companies around the globe. She has particularly relevant experience in the sectors in which Smiths has strong positions, including energy, safety & security and aerospace. She holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Career experience: Clare joined Smiths from Goldman Sachs where she spent more than 25 years, and was a Partner for more than a decade, and most recently Co-Head of the Global Industrials business. Prior to joining Smiths, Clare had been a close adviser to the Group for a number of years, including having advised on the sale of Smiths Medical as well as having contributed to the development of the strategy announced at the November 2021 Capital Markets event. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Clare was a consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Role Profile – Chief Financial Officer
Other significant appointments

Independent Non-executive Director and Member of the Audit Committee of Legrand SA.

Pam Cheng
RC SC
Pam Cheng
Non-executive director
Pam Cheng
Pam Cheng
Non-executive director
Appointed: 1 March 2020

Skills and experience: Pam’s experience in the areas of R&D, manufacturing, sales and marketing, commercial operations, supply chain management and technology gained within large global businesses in strategically important regions for Smiths, further strengthens the Board’s discussions on embedding world-class operations. Pam holds a BSc and a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey and an MBA in Marketing from Pace University, New York, USA.

Career experience: Pam is Executive Vice President, Global Operations, IT & Chief Sustainability Officer at AstraZeneca plc, a multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company. Pam assumed additional responsibly for the AstraZeneca sustainability strategy and function in January 2023. Prior to joining AstraZeneca in 2015, Pam was President of MSD (Merck & Co., Inc.) in China. Pam has also held various engineering and project management positions at Universal Oil Products, Union Carbide Corporation and GAF Chemicals.

Committee Membership
RC Remuneration & People Committee SC Science, Sustainability & Excellence Committee
Ann Dowling
RC SC
Dame Ann Dowling
Non-Executive Director
Ann Dowling
Dame Ann Dowling
Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 19 September 2018

Skills and experience: Dame Ann’s contribution to engineering research is internationally recognised, and her knowledge and background offer a different perspective to Board discussions, particularly as they relate to engineering, innovation and sustainability. Dame Ann has a degree in Mathematics and a PhD in Engineering.

Career experience: Dame Ann has had a distinguished academic career and is currently a Deputy Vice Chancellor and an Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where she served as Head of Engineering for five years until 2014. She served as the President and Chairman of Trustees of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2014 to 2019 and as a Non-executive Director of BP plc from 2012 until May 2021, where she was a member of the Safety and Sustainability Committee.

Committee Chair
SC Science, Sustainability & Excellence Committee
Committee Membership
RC Remuneration & People Committee
Karen Hoeing
NC RC SC
Karin Hoeing
Non-executive Director
Karen Hoeing
Karin Hoeing
Non-executive Director
Appointed: 2 April 2020

Skills and experience: Karin brings current executive experience of oil & gas, defence, security, and aerospace to the Board gained from a range of roles at large multinational groups. Karin provides valuable assistance and advice in executive and non-executive succession planning as well as ESG and sustainability matters. Karin holds a Diploma Geophysics (MSc Geophysics) from the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Career experience: Karin is Group ESG, Culture and Business Transformation Director at BAE Systems plc. Prior to joining BAE she led one of the major international business divisions at Schlumberger, a multinational oil services company. Karin spent 20 years at Schlumberger, where she held a number of senior HR, marketing, technology and line management leadership positions across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. 

Committee Chair
RC Remuneration & People Committee
Committee Membership
NC Nomination & Governance Committee SC Science, Sustainability & Excellence Committee
Other significant appointments

Non-Executive Director at 25x25.

Richard Howes
AC NC
Richard Howes
Non-executive Director
Richard Howes
Richard Howes
Non-executive Director
Appointed: 1 September 2022

Skills and experience: Richard’s background in senior financial positions at large listed companies in a variety of sectors brings valuable insight to the Board’s discussions. Richard holds a BSc in Geography from Loughborough University and is a Fellow of the ICAEW.

Career experience: Richard is Chief Financial Officer of Bunzl plc, the specialist international distribution and services Group. Richard qualified as a Charted Accountant with Ernst & Young before moving to the investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Prior to joining Bunzl in 2019, Richard held CFO positions at various multinational businesses including Inchcape plc, Coats Group plc and Bakkavor plc.

Committee Chair
AC Audit & Risk Committee
Committee Membership
NC Nomination & Governance Committee
Bill Seeger
AC
Bill Seeger
Senior Independent Director
Bill Seeger
Bill Seeger
Senior Independent Director
Appointed: 12 May 2014

Skills and experience: Bill has had a long and successful career in finance in the engineering sector, gaining an in-depth knowledge of global markets. Bill’s extensive experience in global engineering businesses supports the Board’s robust decision-making. Bill has a BA in economics and an MBA.

Career experience: Bill was appointed Chair of the Remuneration & People Committee on 1 July 2018, and as Senior Independent Director at the 2018 AGM. Bill has been Chair of the Finance Committee since it was formalised in November 2021. With effect from 1 February 2022 Bill was appointed to the Board of ICU Medical, Inc. in accordance with the terms of the shareholders agreement entered into with the sale of Smiths Medical. He is also a member of ICU’s Audit and Compliance Committee. Bill was Group Finance Director at GKN plc, a global engineering group, until his retirement in 2014. At GKN he also held the roles of CEO of the Propulsion Systems Division and CFO of the Aerospace Division. Prior to that, Bill spent 30 years at TRW, a US-based automotive and aerospace group, where he held various senior finance positions.

Senior Independent Director
Committee Membership
AC Audit & Risk Committee
Other significant appointments

Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee at Spectris plc and Lecturer at UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Mark Seligman
AC NC
Mark Seligman
Non-executive Director
Mark Seligman
Mark Seligman
Non-executive Director
Appointed: 16 May 2016

Skills and experience: Mark’s extensive experience in corporate finance and capital markets supports Board discussion of the Group’s portfolio management and strategy. Mark brings non-executive experience to the Board, having served as senior independent director and audit committee chairman at several FTSE 100 companies. Mark has an MA in philosophy, politics and economics.

Career experience: Mark is a former senior investment banker and during his executive career he held various roles at Credit Suisse, including Chairman of UK Investment Banking. 

Committee Membership
AC Audit & Risk Committee NC Nomination & Governance Committee
Other significant appointments

Senior Independent Director at NatWest Group plc and Alternate member at Panel on Takeovers and Mergers for the Association for Financial Markets in Europe.

Noel Tata
NC SC
Noel Tata
Non-Executive Director
Noel Tata
Noel Tata
Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 1 January 2017

Skills and experience: Noel has had a successful career in global business. He has extensive experience of the high-growth economies which are key markets for our growth strategy and has been invaluable in developing key strategic relationships in Asia since joining the Board. Noel has a BA in Economics.

Career experience: Noel was the Managing Director of Tata International Limited (TIL), a global trading and distribution company and a trading arm of the Tata Group, a privately owned multinational holding company. Under the terms of the Tata Group governance guidelines, he retired from the position of Managing Director on 12 November 2021. He was thereafter re-appointed as a Director and Non-Executive Chairman of TIL with effect from 15 November 2021.

Committee Membership
NC Nomination & Governance Committee SC Science, Sustainability & Excellence Committee
Other significant appointments

Each of the following companies forms part of the Tata Group:
Non-independent Non-executive Chairman at Tata Investment Corporation, Trent Ltd and Voltas Ltd
Non-independent Non-executive Vice Chairman at Tata Steel Limited and Titan Company Ltd

Matthew Whyte
Matthew Whyte
Company Secretary
Matthew Whyte
Matthew Whyte
Company Secretary
Appointed: 1 August 2021

Skills and experience: Matthew is a Chartered Company Secretary and a Fellow of The Chartered Governance Institute UK and Ireland. Matthew joined Smiths in 2017 having previously gained governance and legal experience in senior roles in large multinational listed groups in a variety of sectors, most recently at Schroders plc and Rio Tinto plc.

Board Committees

In order for the directors to effectively fulfil their collective responsibility the Board has established the Audit & Risk, Nomination & Governance, Remuneration & People and Science, Sustainability & Excellence Committees.

Committees and their members

Each Committee has authority delegated to it by the Board, and each year the Committee chairs report on their Committee activities in the Annual Report. 

Richard Howes

Richard Howes, Committee Chair

Ensures the integrity of the Group’s financial reporting and audit processes, and the maintenance of sound internal control and risk management systems, including oversight of the Internal Audit function and the Group’s ethics and compliance activities. Manages the relationship with the external auditor, including making recommendations to the Board and shareholders in relation to the appointment and reappointment of the external auditor. 

Steve Williams

Steve Williams, Committee Chair

Reviews and makes recommendations to the Board on the structure, size and composition of the Board and its Committees. It also leads the process for Director appointments and Director and senior management succession planning. Oversees the ongoing suitability of the Group’s governance framework. 

Karen Hoeing

Karin Hoeing, Committee Chair

Responsible for the Group’s Directors’ Remuneration Policy and reviews and oversees the Group’s remuneration strategy for the Executive Directors and senior management. Oversees, on behalf of the Board, the implementation of the People strategy for the Group, including the Group’s approach to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Ann Dowling

Dame Ann Dowling, Committee Chair

Oversees the Group’s culture and approach to science, sustainability and excellence (SSE). This includes overseeing: the company’s strategy (as it relates to science and technology); the Group’s sustainability strategy; the Smiths Excellence System (SES); and reviewing and determining SSE targets, metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) relating to remuneration. 

Audit & Risk Committee

Chair Members
Richard Howes Bill Seeger
Mark Seligman

Nomination & Governance Committee

Chair Members
Steve Williams Karin Hoeing
Richard Howes
Mark Seligman
Noel Tata

Remuneration & People Committee

Chair Members
Karin Hoeing Pam Cheng
Dame Ann Dowling
Steve Williams

Science, Sustainability & Excellence Committee

Chair Members
Dame Ann Dowling Pam Cheng
Karin Hoeing
Noel Tata
  Audit & Risk Committee Nomination & Governance Committee Remuneration & People Committee Science, Sustainability & Excellence Committee
Chair Richard Howes Steve Williams Karin Hoeing Dame Ann Dowling
Members Bill Seeger Karin Hoeing Pam Cheng Pam Cheng
  Mark Seligman Richard Howes Dame Ann Dowling Karin Hoeing
    Mark Seligman Steve Williams Noel Tata
    Noel Tata