Board of Audit Committee Chairs’ Independent Forum

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Jock Lennox

Jock Lennox

Jock Lennox is Audit Committee Chair at Barratt Developments plc and held the same role at Dixons Carphone plc until the end of last year. He is Chair of Enquest plc and Hill & Smith Holdings plc, having previously been Audit Committee Chair at both companies. He Chairs the Audit Committee Chair Independent Forum, formed in 2016 to provide a platform for ACC views.

Jock retired from Ernst & Young in 2009, having been a partner for 20 years. At EY he worked as auditor and adviser to a range of UK listed companies with international and multi-national operations. He held a number of UK and Global leadership positions.

David Lindsell

David Lindsell

David chairs the audit committee of Drax Group plc, where he is also senior independent director and of Premier Oil plc, and chairs the remuneration committee of HellermannTyton Group plc. He is deputy chair of governors of the University of the Arts London and a trustee and chairs the audit committee of Cancer Research UK.

He spent almost 30 years as a partner in Ernst & Young and served as the lead audit partner for numerous FTSE 100 companies. He was deputy chairman of the Financial Reporting Review Panel from 2008 to 2012 and has served on the IFRS Advisory Council, the Auditing Practices Board, the Turnbull Committee, and the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group.

Michael McKeon MA CA

Michael McKeon

Mike is a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committee at National Express Group plc. He is also Senior Independent Director and Chair of Audit Committee of The Merchants Trust Plc.

He retired as an executive director and CFO of FTSE 100 Severn Trent plc in March 2015 having served almost 10 years in the role and a total of 15 years as a public company CFO. During his time with Severn Trent, Mike was engaged in the wider debate on future regulatory change in the water sector and how the industry is funded.

He was also Vice Chair of ICAS Working Party on “The Future of Assurance” and is the current Convenor of the ICAS Business Policy Committee, as well as a member of the ICAS Technical Policy Board and the ICAS Council.

Mike has extensive international business experience, having worked overseas over 14 years for CarnaudMetalbox, Elf Atochem and Price Waterhouse. He returned to the UK in 1997 working for Rolls Royce Plc from 1997 to 2000 in various senior roles including Finance Director of the Aerospace Group.

Shonaid Jemmett-Page

Shonaid Jemmett-Page

Shonaid is currently non-executive director of Caledonia Investments plc and a member of the Governance, Nomination, Audit and Remuneration Committees; non-executive Chairman of MS Amlin plc and Chairman of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees and a member of the Risk and Solvency Committee; non-executive director of Greencoat UK Wind plc and Chairman of the Audit Committee; Senior NED and Chairman of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees and member of the Risk committee at Clear.Bank Ltd. She is also the examiner of the UK branch of an Indian children's cancer charity. She served for 8 years as a NED of GKN plc where she was Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Shonaid spent the first twenty years of her career at KPMG in London and Tokyo, rising to the position of Partner, Financial Services. In 2001, she moved to Unilever, where she was Senior Vice President, Finance and Information for Asia, based in Singapore, before returning to the UK as Finance Director for Unilever's global non-food business. In 2009, Shonaid joined CDC Group as Chief Operating Officer, a position she held until 2012.

Chris Jones

Chris Jones

Chris Jones was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director of Santander UK on 30 March 2015, joining the Audit Committee at that time and becoming chairman of that committee on 30 June 2015. Chris is also a member of the Santander UK Remuneration Committee and Risk Committee and is Santander UK’s Whistleblowers’ Champion.

Chris is also Audit Committee member of the Wellcome Trust, Non-Executive Director of Redburn (Europe) Ltd and Investment Trustee of the Civil Service Benevolent Fund. Chris is a past president of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and was Chair of the ACT Advisory Board from 2010 to 2018. He has also been a member of the ICAEW FS Faculty’s Advisory Board since 2014.

Chris Jones was a partner at PwC from 1989 to 2014. He focused on the financial services industry from the mid-1980s and was a Senior Audit Partner specialising in the audit of banks and other financial services companies. He also led PwC’s EMEA Financial Services practice and was a member of their Financial Services global leadership team.

Carl Hughes

Carl Hughes

Carl is a Non-executive Director and Audit Committee Chairman of En+ Group PLC and EnQuest PLC.

He is also a member of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Energy Institute; a Director and Trustee of the Premier Christian Media Trust and the Lambeth Conference Company; a member of the Development Board of St Peter’s College, Oxford; and a member of the General Synod of the Church of England and of the Finance and Investment Committees of The Archbishops’ Council.

He joined Arthur Andersen in 1983, qualified as a Chartered Accountant and became a Partner in 1993. Throughout his professional career he specialised in the oil and gas, mining and utilities sectors, becoming the head of the UK energy and resources industry practice of Andersen in 1999 and subsequently of Deloitte in 2002. When Carl retired from the UK partnership of Deloitte in 2015 he was a vice-chairman, senior audit partner and leader of the firm’s energy and resources business globally.

Carl holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

Gerry Murphy

Gerry Murphy

Gerry Murphy is a Non-Executive Director of Dixons Carphone plc and member of its audit and remuneration committees. Gerry is senior independent director and Audit Committee Chair of Capital & Counties Properties PLC and a non-executive board member of the Department of Health & Social Care and chair of its audit and risk committee.

He is a former Deloitte LLP partner and was leader of its Professional Practices Group with direct industry experience in consumer business, retail and technology, media and telecommunications. He was a member of the Deloitte board and chairman of its audit committee for a number of years and also chairman of the Audit & Assurance Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.