Science, Sustainability and Excellence Committee
The Committee oversees science, innovation and research & development strategy, programmes and performance, sustainability (particularly Environmental strategy and performance) and the Smiths Excellence System, the Group’s operating model.
The Science, Sustainability and Excellence Committee Terms of Reference can be found at pages 31-32 of the Governance Framework below.
Dame Ann DowlingNon-Executive DirectorBiography
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 ChairCommittee Membership
Sir George BuckleyChairmanBiography
Appointed: 1 August 2013
Skills and experience: Sir George has extensive experience of large, multi-industry businesses operating in global markets and has had a long career in engineering and innovation. As Chairman, Sir George ensures effective communication with key stakeholders and that the Board provides strong leadership and guidance for the executive management team. Sir George provided invaluable leadership on the sale of Smiths Medical alongside his support of the Finance Committee. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering.
Career experience: Sir George has held previous roles of Chairman and CEO at 3M Company, a US based global technology company and Dow Jones 30 component, Chairman and CEO of Brunswick Corporation and Chief Technology Officer for appliances, motors and controls at Emerson Electric Company. Sir George also brings non-executive experience to the Board, having served as Non-executive Director at PepsiCo Inc. and Hitachi Limited, and as Chairman of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.Committee ChairCommittee Membership
Pam ChengNon-executive directorBiography
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 Bachelor of Science 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, Operations and Information Technology at AstraZeneca plc, a multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company. Prior to joining AstraZeneca in 2015, Pam was President of MSD (Merck & Co., Inc.) in China. Pam has also previously held various engineering and project management positions at Universal Oil Products, Union Carbide Corporation and GAF Chemicals.Committee Membership
Karin HoeingNon-executive DirectorBiography
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 has also provided valuable assistance and advice in executive and non-executive succession planning and 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 Membership