Securing Your World

Our group board

  • John Connolly, Chairman

    John Connolly

    Non-executive director

    Chairman of the board

    Chairman – Nomination and Risk Committees

    Joined G4S board: June 2012 

    Key strengths and experience:
    Developing the board and its governance of the group. Extensive experience of working in a global business environment and in sectors of strategic importance to the group. A chartered accountant, John spent his career until May 2011 with global professional services firm Deloitte, was Global Chairman between 2007 and 2011, and prior to that Global Managing Director between 2003 and 2007. He was Senior Partner and CEO of the UK partnership from 1999 until his retirement from the firm. 

    Current external commitments:
    Chairman of Amec Foster Wheeler plc and director of a number of small private companies. Beyond commercial business roles, he is the chairman of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity board of trustees.


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  • Ashley Almanza

    Ashley Almanza

    Executive director

    Chief executive

    Member – Risk Committee 

    Joined G4S board: May 2013 

    Key strengths and experience:
    Extensive board and executive management experience and strong track record working across international borders in complex businesses. Held a number of senior executive roles at BG Group from 1993 to 2012, including Chief Financial Officer from 2002 to 2011 and Executive Vice President from 2009 to 2012. As Executive Vice President he was accountable during 2009 and 2010 for BG Group’s UK, European and Central Asian businesses. He also led a consortium of global companies through complex government negotiations in Central Asia. 

    He holds an MBA from London Business School.

    Current external commitments:
    Non-executive director of Noble Corporation. Board member of the Ligue Internationale des Sociétés de Surveillance. 

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  • Tim Weller

    Tim Weller

    Executive director

    Chief Financial Office

    Member - Risk Committee

    Joined the G4S Board: April 2013 as a non-executive director and Chief Financial Officer since October 2016.

    Key strengths and experience:
    Significant experience of the energy and utilities sectors. An accountant by training, joined KPMG in 1985, rising to partnership in 1997 before joining Granada plc as director of financial control. 

    Between 2002 and 2010, he gained significant further experience in the energy and utilities sectors holding CFO positions with Innogy (one of the UK’s leading integrated energy companies at the time), RWE Thames Water (the world’s third largest water and wastewater service company) and United Utilities Group PLC (a UK-based water and wastewater service company). 

    He was Chief Financial Officer of Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc between 2010 and 2011 and CFO of Petrofac Limited (the international oil and gas service provider) between 2011 and October 2016.

    Current external commitments:
    Non-executive director of the Carbon Trust.

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  • John Daly

    John Daly

    Non-Executive Director

    Member - Remuneration and Audit Committee

    Joined G4S Board: June 2015

    Key strengths and experience:

    After an early career in sales and marketing with Schering-Plough, Pennwalt Corporation, Bristol-Myers Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson, joined British American Tobacco (BAT) in 1994. Held various executive leadership positions at BAT over the course of 20 years in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Most recent positions at BAT were Chief Operating Officer (from 2010 to 2014) and Regional Director for Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong (from 2004 to 2010).

    Current external commitments:
    Non-executive director of Wolseley plc and Britvic plc.

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  • Winnie Kin Wah Fok

    Winnie Kin Wah Fok

    Non-executive director

    Member – CSR and Remuneration Committees

    Joined G4S board: October 2010

    Key strengths and experience:
    International board and senior management experience withextensive knowledge of Asian markets and strong involvement in Scandinavia. An auditor by training, was involved in management positions in finance, audit and corporate advisory work and a wide range of roles in asset management firms investing with a focus in Asia. Senior partner of EQT and CEO of EQT Partners Asia Limited; managing director of CEF New Asia Partners Limited.

    Current external commitments:

    Senior advisor to Wallenberg Foundations AB; non-executive director of Volvo Car Corporation; SEB AB, and Kemira Oyj and an investment committee member for the HOPU Investment Fund.

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  • Steve Mogford, non-executive director

    Steve Mogford

    Non-executive/Senior Independent director

    Member - Nomination and Audit Committees

    Joined G4S board: May 2016

    Key strengths and experience:

    Steve Mogford qualified from London University in 1977 with a first class honours degree in Astrophysics, Mathematics and Physics, before joining British Aerospace. 

    During his long career with the company, Steve held a number of senior positions before being appointed Chief Operating Officer and a member of the BAE Systems plc board between 2000 and 2007. In this role, he led BAE’s major programmes businesses. 

    In 2007 he joined Finmeccanica, Italy's principal defence and security company, as Chief Executive of SELEX Galileo; a subsidiary with operations in several countries and providing systems to customers around the world. Steve left Finmeccanica in 2010 to join the Board of United Utilities Group PLC before becoming Chief Executive Officer in March 2011, a position he still holds. 

    Steve was senior independent director with Carillion plc, until December 2015 when he retired from the Carillion board after serving nine years.


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  • Paul Spence

    Paul Spence

    Non-executive director
    Chairman - Risk Committee
    Member – Audit and CSR Committees 

    Joined G4S board: January 2013

    Key strengths and experience:
    In-depth knowledge of outsourcing in both the public and private sectors and extensive international
    experience in key developing countries such as India, China and Brazil. A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics and decision sciences; served a 30-year career with Capgemini and its predecessors.

    Having started in the US and become managing partner of mid-Atlantic information and technology for Ernst & Young, he went on to gain significant international experience for 16 years as managing partner of Ernst & Young Consulting Australia, CEO of Capgemini Ernst & Young in Asia and CEO Capgemini Ernst & Young UK. He then spent eight years serving on Capgemini’s executive management committee during which time his roles included deputy group CEO and CEO of Capgemini Global Outsourcing Services.

    Current external commitments:
    Non-executive director of ActualExperience plc.

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  • Claire Spottiswoode

    Clare Spottiswoode

    Non-executive director

    Chair - CSR Committee

    Member - Renumeration Committee

    Joined G4S board: June 2010 

    Key strengths and experience:
    Considerable experience in the public sector, the energy markets and the financial services sector as well as setting up and managing her own businesses. A mathematician and economist by training, worked for the UK Treasury, director general of Ofgas, the UK gas regulator; policyholder advocate for Norwich Union’s with-profits policyholders at Aviva and a member of the Independent Commission on Banking and the Future of Banking Commission.

    Current external commitments:
    Chairman of Flow Group plc; non-executive director of Ilika plc, Enquest plc, Partnership Assurance Group plc and BW Offshore Limited as well as being a director of a number of private companies. Clare will stand down from the board of Enquest plc in June 2016.

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  • Barbara Thoralfsson Overview

    Barbara Thoralfsson

    Non-executive director

    Member of Nomination and Renumeration Committee

    Joined G4S Board: July 2016

    Key strengths and experience

    Barbara Thoralfsson has an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Columbia University in New York; and a BA in Psychology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. 

    She has extensive international and board and technology experience, having been CEO of NetCom ASA, Norway’s second largest mobile network operator, between 2001 and 2005; and a non-executive director of Tandberg ASA, a leading global supplier of video conferencing systems, from 2006 until 2010, Telenor ASA, a leading mobile operator in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Asia, from 2009 until 2015 and Cable & Wireless Plc in 2015 and 2016. 

    Previously,Barbara held senior positions in sales and marketing in the FMCG industry in the US and Scandinavia. She has been an Industrial Advisor to EQT Private Equity Partners since 2007 and currently serves as a non-executive director on the boards of SCA AB, Hilti AG, ColArt Holdings Ltd and Norfolier GreenTec; and has been an owner of Fleming Industrier AS, investing in Scandinavian small cap companies, since 2006.

    Barbara has also served as a non-executive director on the boards of Electrolux AB and Orkla ASA.

    No further information is required to be disclosed under paragraph 9.6.13R of the Listing Rules.

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