Remuneration & People Committee
The Remuneration & People Committee is responsible for the Group’s remuneration policy and reviews and oversees the Group’s remuneration strategy for the Chairman, executive directors and senior management. The Committee oversees, on behalf of the Board, the implementation of the People Strategy for the Group.
Bill SeegerSenior Independent DirectorBiographyBill Seeger was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in May 2014. Bill was appointed Chair of the Remuneration Committee on 1 July 2018, and as Senior Independent Director at the 2018 AGM. With effect from 1 February 2022 Bill was appointed to the Board of ICU Medical, Inc. as Smiths’ nominee under the terms of the shareholders agreement entered into with the sale of Smiths Medical. He is also a member of their Audit and Compliance Committee.
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 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. Bill has a BA in economics and an MBA.
Role Profile - Senior Independent DirectorExternal Appointments- Senior Independent Director, Spectris plc - Lecturer, UCLA Anderson School of ManagementCommittee ChairCommittee Membership
Sir George BuckleyChairmanBiographySir George has had a long career in engineering and innovation, holding the role of Chairman and CEO of 3M, a US-based global technology company and Dow Jones 30 component, prior to joining Smiths. Earlier in his career Sir George was Chairman and CEO of Brunswick Corporation and Chief Technology Officer for appliances, motors and controls at Emerson Electric Company. Sir George has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and his extensive experience of large, multi-industry businesses operating in global markets supports his effective Chairmanship of the Board.
Role Profile - ChairmanCommittee ChairCommittee Membership
Pam ChengNon-executive directorBiography
Pam Cheng was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director on 1 March 2020.
Pam is Executive Vice-President, Operations and Information Technology at AstraZeneca. Prior to joining AstraZeneca in 2015, Pam was President of MSD (Merck & Co., Inc.) in China. Pam was responsible for MSD's entire business in the country, including sales & marketing, commercial operations, R&D and Manufacturing. Previously she held various engineering and project management positions at Universal Oil Products, Union Carbide Corporation and GAF Chemicals. Pam’s experience in the areas of manufacturing, supply chain and technology gained with large global businesses in strategically important regions for Smiths will further strengthen the Board’s discussions on embedding world class operations. Pam holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey and an MBA in marketing from Pace University in New York.Committee Membership
Dame Ann DowlingNon-Executive DirectorBiographyProfessor Dame Ann Dowling was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director on 19 September 2018. 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. Dame Ann’s contribution to engineering research is internationally recognised, and her knowledge and background offer a different perspective to Board discussions. Dame Ann has a degree in mathematics and a PhD in engineering.Committee ChairCommittee Membership
Tanya FrattoNon-executive directorBiographyTanya Fratto was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director on 1 July 2012. Tanya has valuable experience in product innovation and sales and marketing across a range of sectors. Until 2010 she was CEO of Diamond Innovations Inc., a manufacturer of products for the material removal industry. Prior to this, Tanya held various senior positions during a successful 20-year career with GE, a multinational conglomerate. Tanya has extensive knowledge of operating in the US, a key region for the Group, is a qualified electrical engineer with a BSc in Electrical Engineering.External Appointments- Non-executive director, Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. - Non-executive director, Ashtead Group plcCommittee Membership
Karin HoeingNon-executive directorBiographyKarin Hoeing was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director on 2 April 2020.
Karin Hoeing is Group ESG, Culture and Business Transformation Director at BAE Systems plc. She joined the company in February 2018 from Schlumberger, the multi-national oil services company, where she was President, Wireline, responsible for leading one of the company’s major international business divisions. Prior to her appointment as President, Wireline, Karin held a number of senior HR, marketing, technology and line management leadership positions across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, during a career spanning more than 20 years at the company.
Karin is a German national and holds a degree of Diploma Geophysics (MSc Geophysics) from the University of Hamburg, Germany.External Appointments- Director, 25x25Committee Membership
Richard HowesNon-executive directorBiographyRichard Howes was appointed to the Board as a Non-executive Director on 1 September 2022.
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. 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 Bachelor of Science in Geography and is a Fellow of the ICAEW.Committee Membership
Mark SeligmanNon-executive directorBiographyMark Seligman was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director on 16 May 2016. Mark is a former senior investment banker and has extensive experience in corporate finance and capital markets which supports Board discussions regarding the Group’s portfolio management. He held various roles at Credit Suisse during his executive career, including Chairman of UK Investment Banking. Mark also brings non-executive experience to the Board, having served as senior independent director and audit committee chairman at FTSE100 companies. Mark is a Chartered Accountant, and has an MA in philosophy, politics and economics.External Appointments- Senior Independent Director, NatWest Group plc (formerly The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc) - Alternate member, Panel on Takeovers and Mergers for the Association for Financial Markets in EuropeCommittee ChairCommittee Membership
Noel TataNon-executive directorBiographyNoel Tata was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director on 1 January 2017. Noel is the Non-executive Chairman of Tata International Limited, a global trading and distribution company and a trading arm of the Tata Group, a privately-owned multinational holding company. He has had a long and successful career in global business with extensive experience of high growth economies, including Asia and Africa which are key markets for Smiths’ growth strategy. Noel has a BA in Economics.External AppointmentsWith the exception of Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd, each of the following companies forms part of the Tata Group. All of the companies are listed on the Bombay and Indian National Stock Exchanges. - Non-executive director, Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd - Non-independent, non-executive chairman, Tata Investment Corporation - Non-executive Director, Tata Steel Limited - Non-independent, Vice Chairman, Titan Company Ltd - Non-independent, non-executive chairman, Trent Ltd - Non-independent, non-executive chairman, Voltas LtdCommittee Membership