Appointed: January 2021 Committees: Nominations (Chair), Organisational Health
Ron has a broad range of global experience across a number of sectors and regions and most recently held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Elsevier, the largest operating unit of RELX Group PLC, the global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers. Prior to that, Ron spent 24 years at Schlumberger before joining IHS where he held multiple senior management roles including COO and Vice-Chairman. Ron is currently a Non-executive Director at AVEVA Group plc and Ordnance Survey as well as a Supervisory Board Member at Fugro N.V. He also serves as a Lay Member of Court at the University of Dundee and is a Trustee of the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE).
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Appointed: July 2000 Committees: Nominations
After three years at Touche Ross & Co., Robert joined the recruitment firm Michael Page as one of its very first employees. Following an eight-year period which included setting up the New York office, he returned to London and established his own recruitment business in 1985, specialising in middle management professional positions. Since then the Company has grown, largely organically, into different sectors and a variety of regional and international locations. Robert Walters plc is quoted on the London Stock Exchange and currently has a global presence spanning 32 countries.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Appointed: March 2007
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte & Touche, Alan was Commercial Manager of Primecom and then Financial Director of Foresight, both subsidiaries of Primedia, a listed South African Media Group. Alan joined Robert Walters as Group Financial Controller in September 2002 and was appointed to the Board of Robert Walters plc as Chief Financial Officer in March 2007. In February 2017 he was appointed as a Non-executive Director of XPS Pensions Group.
Appointed: February 2017 Committees: Remuneration (Chair), Organisational Health (Chair), Audit and Risk, Nominations
Tanith is an HR executive with a strong consumer background in international organisations. She is currently Group Human Resources Director at Value Retail, joining in May 2016 from Marks & Spencer Group plc where she ran the global HR for 80,000 employees in 53 countries. Before joining Marks & Spencer Group plc, Tanith was Group Human Resources Director at WH Smith, where she also held responsibility for Public Relations, Communications and Post Office Operations. Prior to this, she was Senior Vice President Human Resources for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at InterContinental Hotels Group. Tanith has also held senior HR roles at Diageo plc and Prudential Corporation plc. Since 1 January 2019, Tanith is a Non-executive Director of Busy Bees.
Steven Cooper CBE
Appointed: October 2018 Committees: Audit and Risk, Nominations, Remuneration, Organisational Health
Steven Cooper is an experienced international business leader who has been at the forefront of business transformation in the banking and payments sector, generating sustainable returns and significantly improving colleague and customer engagement scores. This has been achieved through repositioning the customer offer and using digital and data-driven technologies. He is currently CEO of Aldermore Group and was formerly CEO of UK Private Bank C. Hoare & Co. Steven began his career at Barclays in 1986 and occupied numerous senior positions, including Chief Executive Officer Barclaycard Business, Chief Executive Officer Business Banking and Chief Executive Officer Personal Banking for UK and Continental Europe. Steven is currently Chair of Experian UK and; previously he was Co-Chair of the Social Mobility Commission, a Non-Executive Director of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, served on the advisory board of Teach First and was also a member of the FCA Practitioner Panel as well as various Government taskforces. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot Watt University for services to Banking and social mobility and was last year named as Banking CEO of the Year by Today magazine. Steven was awarded a CBE in January 2022 in recognition for his services to banking and social mobility.
Appointed: December 2021 Committees: Audit and Risk (Chair), Nominations, Remuneration, Organisational Health
Matt joined the Board of Robert Walters plc on 23 December 2021. He brings a broad range of experience from different sectors and is currently Chief Financial Officer of Micro Focus International plc, one of the world’s largest enterprise software providers. Previously, Matt was Chief Financial Officer at William Hill plc, prior to which he held several senior positions at National Express Group plc including Group Finance Director and Chief Executive, North America. He was a director of transport, infrastructure and public company reporting at Deloitte LLP and began his career as an auditor in London.
Matt is a graduate of Leeds University and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER
Richard graduated from the University of Surrey with a degree in Sociology and then attended the College of Law, Guildford. After qualifying as a solicitor in 2000, he spent the early part of his career as a technology lawyer at a leading London law firm, Bird & Bird. Richard later made the move in-house and worked for several years for communications company, Tiscali. In 2005, he joined PartyGaming, an online gaming business, as Assistant General Counsel. In 2011, Richard joined the Robert Walters Group as General Counsel with responsibility for legal services across the Group. Richard was appointed Chief Legal Officer in 2016. He has considerable experience in complex international outsourcing transactions, employment and commercial law. In 2020 Richard was elected as a member of the Representative Committee of APSCo, one the leading trade bodies for the recruitment industry and has a keen interest in public affairs.