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: Extensive experience of working in a global business environment and in sectors of strategic importance to the group.

    Developing the board and its governance of 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 partnership.

    Current external commitments: Chairman of AMEC plc and of a number of private companies. Beyond commercial business roles, he is on the Board of Governors of London Business School and a member of the CBI President’s Advisory Council.

    He is also chairman of the appeal board for The Centre for Children’s Rare Disease Research at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

    Read Johns interview from the 2013 Annual Report.

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  • Ashley Almanza overview board

    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 the strategic and operational management of 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 and was previously Chairman of the Hundred Group of Finance Directors.

    Current external commitments: Non-executive director of Schroders plc and Noble Corporation.

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  • Adam Crozier - Director

    Adam Crozier

    Non-executive director

    Member – Audit and Nomination Committees

    Joined G4S board: January 2013

    Key strengths and experience: Wide-ranging experience of business transformation in a number of public and private sector organisations in the media, logistics and retail sectors and serving FTSE 100 CEO.

    Started his career with Mars before joining the Daily Telegraph followed by Saatchi and Saatchi, where he became joint chief executive. He then became chief executive of the Football Association and was subsequently appointed chief executive of the Royal Mail Group, where he oversaw an extensive programme of modernisation and change to enable the business to compete in the UK and international marketplaces.

    Since April 2010 he has been chief executive of ITV plc and was a non-executive director of Debenhams plc until 2012.

    Current external commitments: Chief executive of ITV plc.

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  • Mark Elliott - Director

    Mark Elliott

    Non-executive director

    Senior independent director

    Chairman – Remuneration Committee

    Member – Nomination Committee

    Joined G4S board: September 2006 

    Key strengths and experience: Extensive international board and executive experience having held a number of senior management positions in IBM, including leadership of IBM’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa with responsibility for operations in more than 110 countries. 

    Has particular involvement with the group’s businesses in the Americas region. 

    General Manager IBM Global Solutions; Managing Director of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa; member of the board of IBAX, a hospital software company jointly owned by IBM and Baxter Healthcare; chairman of Reed Elsevier’s remuneration committee; chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Kelly School of Business, Indiana University.

    Current external commitments: Non‑executive chairman of QinetiQ Group plc.

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  • Grahame Gibson - Regional CEO Americas

    Grahame Gibson

    Executive director

    Regional CEO – Americas

    Joined G4S board: April 2005

    Key strengths and experience: Extensive knowledge of the group and its predecessor companies in many different markets and in a number of executive functions. In addition to his board role, is also CEO of the Americas region.

    Joined Group 4 in 1983, starting as finance director (UK) followed by a number of senior roles, including deputy managing director (UK), vice president (corporate strategy), vice president (finance and administration), vice president operations (central and south eastern Europe and UK) and chief operating officer of Group 4 Falck A/S. In 2004 he became the company’s divisional president for Americas and New Markets and was chief operating officer between 2005 and 2012.

    Current external commitments: Board member of the Ligue Internationale des Sociétés de Surveillance, the international association of leading security companies.

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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 with extensive knowledge of Asian markets and strong involvement in Scandinavia. 

    Takes a particular interest in the group’s businesses in Asia.

    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 adviser to Foundation Administration Management Sweden AB; non-executive director of Volvo Car Corporation; non-executive director of SEB AB, Kemira Oyj and HOPU Investments Co Ltd.

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  • G4S Management

    Himanshu Raja

    Executive director

    Chief financial officer

    Member – Risk Committee 

    Joined G4S board: October 2013 

    Key strengths and experience: Strong track record as a financial executive in a global services business.

    Prior to joining G4S, Himanshu was CFO at Misys, and from 2010 to 2012 he was CFO of Logica plc. Himanshu worked for more than 10 years at BT Group in a number of divisional finance director roles including Chief Financial Officer of BT Global Services, BT Design, BT Operate and BT Wholesale.

    His early career included finance and systems roles at Worldcom International, UUNET and MFS.

    Himanshu is a qualified chartered accountant and holds an honours degree in law.

    Current external commitments: None

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  • Mark Seligman - Director

    Mark Seligman

    Non-executive director

    Deputy chairman

    Member – Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee

    Joined G4S board: January 2006

    Key strengths and experience: Extensive financial and management experience having worked in the financial services sector, with a focus on investment banking. Takes particular interest in the financial performance of the company, including its financing and transactional activity.

    Qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse. Senior roles at SG Warburg & Co Ltd and Barclays de Zoete Wedd; Head of UK Investment Banking at CSFB; Chairman of UK Investment Banking at Credit Suisse; member of the Credit Suisse Global Investment Banking Executive Board and senior adviser to Credit Suisse Europe.

    Current external commitments: Alternate member of the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers; member of the Regional Growth Fund Advisory Panel; non-executive director and audit committee chairman for BG Group plc; and senior independent director of Kingfisher plc.

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  • Paul Spence - Director

    Paul Spence

    Non-executive director

    Member – Audit, CSR and Risk 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: None

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  • Clare Spottiswood - Director

    Clare Spottiswoode

    Non-executive director

    Chairman – CSR Committee

    Member – Remuneration

    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. Has particular involvement with the group’s businesses in the UK and Africa regions. 

    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; non-executive director of Tullow Oil plc; and a member of the Independent Commission on Banking and the Future of Banking Commission.

    Current external commitments: Chairman of Gas Strategies Group, Energetix Group and Magnox Limited; non-executive director of Ilika plc, Enquest plc, RBC Europe Limited and BW Offshore Limited; and independent director of the Payments Council.

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  • Tim Weller, G4S

    Tim Weller

    Non-executive director

    Chairman – Audit Committee

    Member - Risk Committee

    Joined the G4S Board: April 2013 

    Key strengths and experience: Significant experience of the energy and utilities sectors and serving FTSE 100 CFO. 

    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.

    Current external commitments: CFO of Petrofac Limited, the FTSE100 international oil and gas service provider and a non-executive director of the Carbon Trust.

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