Board of Directors
Board of directors
Derek MappChairman and Independent Non-Executive Director
Derek Mapp was appointed to the Huntsworth Board as Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 December 2014, and is Chairman of the Nomination Committee. Derek won the Non-Executive Director of the year award in 2017 for quoted companies for his work as Chairman of Huntsworth. He is also Chairman of Informa plc, Chairman of Mitie Group plc and has a number of private business interests in property and hospitality. Derek has had a career in private equity as the founder of the Tom Cobleigh pub chain, Leapfrog Day Nurseries and is currently Chair of Imagesound Limited. He held the public appointments of Chairman of the East Midlands Development Agency, Board of English Partnerships and Chairman of Sport England and was pro-bono Chairman of the British Amateur Boxing Association up to the London 2012 Olympics. As announced on 19 December 2018, he will step down as Chairman from the Board and Nomination Committee on 6 March 2019, and on the same day will resign as a Director of the Company.
Paul TaaffeChief Executive Officer
Paul Taaffe was appointed as CEO of Huntsworth on 7 April 2015. Paul has wide experience in communications and marketing, most recently as the Director of Communications at Groupon, the international e-commerce company. Prior to that, he enjoyed a 20 year career with Hill & Knowlton Inc, the global communications consultancy and subsidiary of WPP plc, including nine years as its Chairman and CEO. Throughout this time he advised many Blue Chip and international clients across all geographies and services.
Neil JonesChief Financial Officer
Neil was appointed as Huntsworth’s CFO in February 2016, having held senior financial positions in the exhibitions industry for over 15 years, the majority of which in public companies. Most recently he was CFO of ITE Group plc which specializes in organising trade exhibitions and conferences in the emerging markets with significant operations in Russia and the former CIS. Prior to that he was Group Finance Director of Tarsus Group plc, another international trade exhibition organiser. Neil is also a non-executive Director of Taptica International, an AIM listed Ad-Tech business. Neil is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, qualifying with Price Waterhouse in 1990.
David LowdenIndependent Non-Executive Director
David Lowden was appointed to the Huntsworth Board, effective from 1 January 2019, and will become the Chairman of the Board and Nomination Committee on 6 March 2019. David has extensive executive experience in global marketing services businesses. From 1999 to 2008, he was a member of the Board of Taylor Nelson Sofres Plc, the marketing services business, becoming its CEO in January 2006. Before this, he held several other senior executive positions, including at AC Nielsen Corporation and Federal Express Corporation. David is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of PageGroup Plc, the specialist FTSE 250 recruitment agency. He also currently holds non-executive positions at William Hill Plc and Morgan Sindall Plc. He will be stepping down from his role at William Hill Plc on 4 March 2019. David has previously held other non-executive roles, including at Cable & Wireless Worldwide Plc and Berendsen Plc.
Andy BolandIndependent Non-Executive Director
Andy Boland was appointed to the Huntsworth Board as Independent Non-Executive Director on 11 August 2014, and was appointed as Huntsworth’s Senior Independent Director with effect from 1 January 2018. Andy is a member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees. Andy previously served as Audit Committee Chair up until 22 March 2017. Andy is the Chief Executive Officer of Addison Lee Limited, where he was previously Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Addison Lee in 2015, Andy served as the Chief Financial Officer of AA plc for six years. He spent the earlier part of his career in the marketing services industry and was Group Finance Director at Taylor Nelson Sofres plc, a FTSE 250 market research company, from 2004 to 2008. During his time at Taylor Nelson Sofres, he helped integrate acquisitions, strengthened the financial control environment and was responsible for all external reporting and investor relations activities. Andy qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995 and as an Associate Corporate Treasurer in 1998.
Nicky DulieuIndependent Non-Executive Director
Nicky Dulieu was appointed to the Huntsworth Board as Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 January 2015, is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and is a member of both the Audit Committee and Nomination Committee. Nicky trained as an accountant with Marks & Spencer plc and undertook numerous strategic and financial roles in the company over a 23 year period, including Finance Director of the Food Division from 2004 to 2005. From 2006 to 2008, Nicky was Finance Director/Chief Operating Officer at Hobbs Limited and was Chief Executive between 2008 and 2014. She is a Non-Executive Director of Adnams plc, Chair of Notcutts Group Limited and a Commercial Board member of the Royal Horticultural Society.
Pat BillinghamIndependent Non-Executive Director
Pat was appointed to the Huntsworth Board as Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 December 2015 and has been Chair of the Audit Committee since 22 March 2017. Pat is also a member of both the Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee. Pat was a tax partner at Ernst & Young, the multinational professional services firm from 1995 to 2012. Whilst at Ernst & Young Pat obtained broad experience in various sectors and also performed a range of executive duties within the firm. Pat currently holds non-executive directorships with Aldwyck Housing Group, where she is Group Chair, RenaissanceRe, where she is the Chair of the Audit Committee, Syndicate Management Limited, and Exemplas Limited.
Elizabeth McKee AndersonIndependent Non-Executive Director
Liz was appointed to the Huntsworth Board on 1 January 2018, and is a member of the Audit Committee. She has extensive experience in the pharmaceuticals industry, notably having held a number of senior executive roles at Johnson & Johnson. Liz is a Board Director of a number of biotechnology companies, namely Bavarian Nordic A/S (listed on the Danish stock exchange), Insmed Inc. (listed on NASDAQ), Aro Biotherapeutics, Inc. and REVOLUTION Medicines, Inc where she also chairs the Compensation Committee. She holds a number of other positions in both commercial and non-profit spheres, including serving on the Executive Committee of The Wistar Institute. Liz holds an MBA from Loyola University and has a degree in Engineering.
Martin MorrowCompany Secretary
Martin Morrow was appointed as Huntsworth’s Company Secretary on 14 December 2012. He initially joined the Company as Group Tax Director in early 2008. Martin spent the early part of his career in professional services firms, including Deloitte & Touche, starting in general practice before focusing on corporate taxation. From 2002 to 2008 he worked in industry within the head office tax department of Compass Group PLC, the multinational FTSE 100 food service company. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994 and as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in 1998.