Securing Your World

Our group board

  • John Connolly

    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 of a number of private companies. Beyond commercial business roles, he is on the Board of Governors of London Business School, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and a member of the CBI President’s Advisory Council. 

    Read Johns interview from the 2014 Annual Report.

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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 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

    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 a 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. 

    Current external commitments:
    Chief executive of ITV plc.

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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 John & Johnson, John joined British American Tobacco (BAT) in 1994. He held various executive leadership positions at BAT over the course of 20 years in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. His 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). John remains a director of Reynolds American Inc., a US public company listed on the New York stock exchange in which BAT has a 42% shareholding. 


    In addition to Reynolds American Inc., John is also a non-executive director of Wolseley plc and Britvic plc.

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  • Mark Elliott

    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 at IBM, including leadership of IBM’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa with responsibility for operations in more than 110 countries. 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; formerly chairman of Reed Elsevier’s remuneration committee and 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 and chairman of Kodak Alaris Holdings Limited.

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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 Wallenberg Foundations 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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  • Himanshu Raja

    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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  • Paul Spence

    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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  • Claire Spottiswoode

    Clare Spottiswoode

    Non-executive director

    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 Gas Strategies Group and Flow Group; non-executive director of Ilika plc, Enquest plc, Partnership Assurance Group plc, Seven Energy International Limited and BW Offshore Limited; and independent director of the Payments Council.

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  • Tim Weller

    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 250 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 international oil and gas service provider and a non-executive director of the Carbon Trust.

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