The Board

Michael Turner, CBE (67)

Chairman

Appointment

Appointed to the Board in September 2009 and became Chairman in May 2012.

Experience

Has extensive experience of the aerospace industry having worked for BAE Systems plc for over 40 years, and as its Chief Executive from 2002 to 2008. Former President of the Aerospace & Defence Industries Association of Europe. Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

External Appointments

Chairman of Babcock International Group PLC and non-executive Director of Lazard Ltd. Member of the Government’s Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network.

 

Nigel Stein (60)

Chief Executive

Appointment

Appointed to the Board in August 2001.

Experience

Joined GKN in 1994 and held a range of commercial, general management and finance roles, including Group Finance Director and Chief Executive Automotive before becoming Chief Executive in January 2012. Prior to GKN, he gained experience in the commercial vehicle and manufacturing sector and held senior financial positions with Laird Group plc and Hestair Duple Ltd. Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and former non-executive Director of Wolseley plc.

External Appointments

Non-executive Director of Inchcape plc and Chairman of the Automotive Council.

 

Angus Cockburn (52)

Independent non-executive Director

Appointment

Appointed to the Board in January 2013.

Experience

Currently the Chief Financial Officer of Serco Group plc. He joined Serco in October 2014 from Aggreko plc where he held the role of Chief Financial Officer for 14 years and was latterly Interim Chief Executive. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Pringle Scotland, a division of Dawson International plc. Previously held a number of roles at PepsiCo Inc and was latterly Regional Finance Director for Central Europe.  Former non-executive Director of Howden Joinery Group plc and former Chairman of the Group of Scottish Finance Directors. He is also an Honourary Professor at the University of Edinburgh.

 

Kevin Cummings (53)

Chief Executive GKN Aerospace

Appointment

Appointed to the Board in January 2016.

Experience

Joined GKN in 2008 as CEO GKN Aerostructures North America. Appointed Chief Executive GKN Aerospace in January 2014 and has been a member of the GKN Executive Committee since October 2014. He has held various leadership roles in programme management, strategic planning, engineering and business development; prior to joining GKN he was Executive Vice President & General Manager Launch Systems at Alliant Techsystems (ATK).

 

Tufan Erginbilgic (56)

Independent non-executive Director

Appointment

Appointed to the Board in May 2011.

Experience

Currently Chief Executive, Downstream for BP plc with specific responsibility for the Fuels, Lubricants and Petrochemicals businesses.  He joined BP in 1997 and has held a number of senior marketing and operational roles, including Chief of Staff to the Group Chief Executive, Chief Operating Officer of the Fuels business and Chief Executive of the Castrol Lubricants business. His early career was spent at Mobil Oil.

 

Shonaid Jemmett-Page (55)

Independent non-executive Director

Appointment

Appointed to the Board in June 2010.

Experience

Former Chief Operating Officer for CDC Group plc, the UK Government’s development finance institution. Joined CDC from Unilever, where for eight years she was Senior Vice President Finance and Information, Home and Personal Care, originally in Asia and later for the group as a whole. Her early career was spent at KPMG, latterly as a partner. Former non-executive Director of Havelock Europa plc, Close Brothers Group plc and APR Energy plc.

External Appointments

Independent non-executive Director of Amlin plc, Greencoat UK Wind plc and Caledonia Investments plc. Non-executive Director and Vice Chairman of Origo Partners plc.

 

Professor Richard Parry-Jones, CBE (64)

Senior Independent Director

Appointment

Appointed to the Board in March 2008 and as Senior Independent Director in May 2012.

Experience

Has extensive experience of the automotive industry having previously worked for the Ford Motor Company for 38 years, latterly as Group Vice-President Global Product Development and Group Chief Technical Officer. Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Society of Statistical Science. Former non-executive Chairman of Network Rail Ltd and former non-executive Director of Cosworth Group Holdings Ltd. Former Chairman of the Welsh Assembly Government Ministerial Advisory Group and former Chairman of the Automotive Council.

External Appointments

Non-executive Chairman of Kelda Eurobond Co Ltd and Yorkshire Water Services Ltd.

 

Phil Swash (52)

Chief Executive GKN Driveline

Appointment

Appointed to the Board in January 2016.

Experience

Joined GKN in 2007 as CEO GKN Aerospace Europe. Appointed Chief Executive GKN Driveline in September 2015 and has been a member of the GKN Executive Committee since October 2014. Before taking up his current role, Phil was Chief Executive of the Land Systems division. He has held a number of operational roles at BAE Systems and Airbus where, prior to joining GKN, he was responsible for the wing production of all Airbus aircraft.

External Appointments

Vice President of CLEPA (the European Association of Automotive Suppliers), Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University.

 

Adam Walker (48)

Group Finance Director and Chief Executive, GKN Land Systems

Appointment

Appointed to the Board in January 2014, became Group Finance Director in February 2014 and assumed the additional role of Chief Executive GKN Land Systems in September 2015.

Experience

Former Finance Director of Informa plc from 2008 to 2013 and operationally responsible for the Events Division from 2012 until leaving the group. Prior to this he was Group Finance Director at National Express Group plc from 2003 to 2008 having joined in 2001 as Head of Corporate Development. His early career was spent at Touche Ross, NatWest Markets and, latterly, Arthur Andersen where he held a number of senior finance positions.

External Appointments

Non-executive Director of Kier Group plc.

 

Jos Sclater

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Appointment

Appointed General Counsel in January 2012. Assumed the joint role of General Counsel & Company Secretary in June 2014.

Experience

Joined GKN from AkzoNobel where he was Director of Legal Affairs South Asia and Pacific and Lead M&A Counsel for Asia Pacific. Prior to this, he spent eight years at Imperial Chemical Industries plc (ICI) and held a number of senior legal positions within its headquarters and Asia Pacific operations and ICI’s Quest International business.