Skip to main content

Our Board of Directors and Executive Committee work together to set and deliver Smiths goals and strategy and shape our culture. Together they are responsible for the long-term success of our company.

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

Skills and experience: Steve is an experienced Chairman and 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.

Roland Carter
Roland Carter
Chief Executive Officer
Roland Carter
Roland Carter
Chief Executive Officer
Appointed: 26 March 2024

Skills and experience: Roland is CEO of Smiths Group plc, a global industrial technology company and FTSE 100 constituent. Roland has a strong track record of innovation, sustainability and delivering results with deep operational and strategic experience developed over three decades at Smiths. Roland is a Chartered Engineer, holding both a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and Master’s degree in electronics. He has extensive international experience having worked and lived in France, Germany and China, as well as working in the USA.

Career experience: Roland has been with Smiths Group for more than three decades, holding numerous leadership roles within the business. Before being appointed CEO, he was President of Smiths Detection, President, Asia Pacific for Smiths Group and President, Smiths Interconnect.

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
Alister Cowan
AC
Alister Cowan
Non-executive Director
Alister Cowan
Alister Cowan
Non-executive Director
Appointed: Alister will join the Board on 1 July 2024

Skills and experience: Alister has experience at complex global public companies and brings deep and wide-ranging experience in key end markets for Smiths, notably in the energy and chemical sectors. Alister is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University in the UK and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland having qualified whilst at KPMG.

Career experience: Alister was Chief Financial Officer of Suncor Energy Inc., the US and Canadian listed integrated energy company, from 2014 to 2023.  Prior to joining Suncor, Alister served as Chief Financial Officer of Husky Energy Inc. from 2008 to 2014. Before joining Husky Energy, he held various positions with companies throughout Europe, New Zealand, and Canada. 

Committee Membership
AC Audit & Risk Committee
Other significant appointments

Independent non-executive Director and member of the Audit and Environmental, Health, and Safety & Operational Performance Committees at The Chemours Co., a US listed chemicals company.

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
Mark Seligman
AC NC
Mark Seligman
Senior Independent Director
Mark Seligman
Mark Seligman
Senior Independent 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. 

Senior Independent Director
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.

Roland Carter
Roland Carter
Chief Executive Officer
Roland Carter
Roland Carter
Chief Executive Officer
Appointed: 26 March 2024

Skills and experience: Roland is CEO of Smiths Group plc, a global industrial technology company and FTSE 100 constituent. Roland has a strong track record of innovation, sustainability and delivering results with deep operational and strategic experience developed over three decades at Smiths. Roland is a Chartered Engineer, holding both a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and Master’s degree in electronics. He has extensive international experience having worked and lived in France, Germany and China, as well as working in the USA.

Career experience: Roland has been with Smiths Group for more than three decades, holding numerous leadership roles within the business. Before being appointed CEO, he was President of Smiths Detection, President, Asia Pacific for Smiths Group and President, Smiths Interconnect.

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.

Bernard Cicut
Bernard Cicut
President, John Crane
Bernard Cicut
Bernard Cicut
President, John Crane

Bernard Cicut joined Smiths as President of John Crane in April 2022. Bernard joined from 3M where, over the course of over 30 years, he held a number of senior leadership roles across multiple industrial technology businesses, covering Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Americas. Bernard has deep global experience in operations, new product development, and Lean Six Sigma, all of which are central to John Crane’s focus on sustainability and energy transition.

Jerome de Chassey
Jerome de Chassey
President, Smiths Detection
Jerome de Chassey
Jerome de Chassey
President, Smiths Detection

Jerome de Chassey joined Smiths Group in 2016 as General Manager for Smiths Detection’s India operations. He was appointed to Vice President APAC in 2018 and Middle East in 2019. In 2021, Jerome became Vice President for Commercial at Smiths Detection and he was appointed as President of Smiths Detection in March 2024. Jerome’s career has seen him work across the US, EMEA and APAC regions, gaining significant experience in strategy, innovation and growth acceleration. A former strategy consultant with Bain & Company, he also held several leadership positions in general management, sales, service delivery, operation and marketing with BT Group, the UK-based telecom operator, as well as Alstom (now Schneider Electric), the global power equipment manufacturer.

James Down
James Down
General Counsel
James Down
James Down
General Counsel
Appointed: 1 June 2023

James Down joined Smiths Group in December 2016 as Head of M&A Legal. He was appointed General Counsel, Corporate in 2018 and subsequently appointed General Counsel for Smiths Detection in 2021. He was appointed General Counsel for the Group in June 2023. Prior to joining Smiths, James served as senior counsel at the global FMCG company and FTSE 100 constituent SABMiller and before that was a corporate & commercial associate at international law firm, Hogan Lovells.

Julian Fagge
Julian Fagge
President, Smiths Interconnect
Julian Fagge
Julian Fagge
President, Smiths Interconnect

Julian joined Smiths in July 2013 and was appointed to Group Strategy and M&A Director in October 2017. Appointed CEO of Flex-Tek in 2019. He was previously Group Financial Controller. Prior to this, he spent two years at Royal Caribbean Cruises as Finance Director for UK Ireland and prior to that, he worked for 12 years at Procter & Gamble, based predominantly in Geneva, Switzerland.

Other significant appointments

Independent Non-executive Director, NASCIT plc

Diana Houghton
Diana Houghton
Group Head of Strategy and Communication
Diana Houghton
Diana Houghton
Group Head of Strategy and Communication

Diana Houghton joined Smiths in 2014 and has played a key role in developing the Group’s growth strategy. She was appointed the Group Head of Strategy in 2019 and joined the Executive Committee in April 2022. Diana’s previous roles at Smiths included VP, Strategy & Marketing for Smiths Detection. Prior to Smiths, Diana held Executive Committee strategy and M&A roles at Allied Domecq plc and the Bass Leisure Group (part of Bass plc). She has also held a number of non-executive and board advisory roles.

Other significant appointments

Independent Non-executive Director and Member of the Audit, Remuneration, and Nomination Committees of Marshalls plc

Vera Parker
Vera Parker
Chief People Officer
Vera Parker
Vera Parker
Chief People Officer

Vera Parker joined Smiths as Chief People Officer in April 2022. In this role she also leads Health & Safety and has oversight for the Smiths Group Foundation. Prior to joining, Vera was most recently the Chief People Officer for Rio Tinto from 2016-2021. Prior to Rio Tinto, Vera spent 22 years at Schlumberger where she held a number of global leadership roles in HR and Operations. Vera has deep experience leading talent development and cultural transformation in large global businesses. Vera is a strong advocate for inclusion and respect. Her passion is to help people and teams to realise their full potential and enable the business to thrive.

Pat McCaffrey
Pat McCaffrey
President, Flex-Tek
Pat McCaffrey
Pat McCaffrey
President, Flex-Tek

Pat joined Smiths in October 1996 and was appointed President of Flex-Tek in 2019, joining the ExCo in September 2021. He was previously President of Heat Solutions Group, General Manager/COO of Flexible Technologies, and a member of the Smiths Group EH&S Steering Committee. Prior to joining Smiths, Pat was Division Total Production Maintenance (TPM) Director for Milliken and Company. He holds a BS in Industrial/Operations Management from Auburn University.

Ted Wan
Ted Wan
President, Smiths China
Ted Wan
Ted Wan
President, Smiths China

Ted Wan joined Smiths as President of Greater China in 2015. Ted also serves as Vice Chairman and Executive Committee member for The British Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai. Prior to joining Smiths he held several senior General Manager roles at Stanley Black and Decker, Danaher and J.D. Power, with responsibility for growing their China business. Ted has extensive experience and a strong track record in growing business in China in the Industrial and Automotive markets.

Kini
Kini Pathmanathan
Head of Smiths Excellence & Sustainability
Kini
Kini Pathmanathan
Head of Smiths Excellence & Sustainability

Prior to being appointed as Head of Smiths Excellence & Sustainability, Kini was VP of HR for Smiths Group’s John Crane business, and she spent nearly six years leading HR for Smiths Detection and Smiths Asia Pacific. Before joining Smiths, Kini was vice president of HR at Thales UK, the French manufacturing company. Kini has more than 25 years of experience working in matrixed advanced technology environments. She is an accomplished business leader with significant experience in continuous improvement, change and transformation, and has led teams across the USA, Latin America, EMEA and APAC.