Managing the business for profitable growth to drive shareholder value.

Board of directors

John McAdam
Chairman

Date appointed: May 2008

Committee memberships: Chairman, Nomination Committee.

Key strengths
John has extensive experience of senior leadership of global businesses. He brings to the group a deep and strategic understanding of a wide range of industry sectors gained from his career with ICI and Unilever over more than 30 years and his other Board and advisor appointments. He has a strong scientific background with a doctorate in chemical physics and as a former research fellow at Manchester University.

Current external commitments
• Chairman, United Utilities Group PLC
• SID, J Sainsbury plc
• NED, Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

Previous roles
• Chief Executive, Imperial Chemical Industries plc (ICI)
• Held senior executive positions at Unilever, including with Birds Eye Walls, Quest International and Unichema International
• Director of Severn Trent plc
• Director of Sara Lee Corporation (USA)

Andy Ransom
Chief Executive

Date appointed: May 2008 

Committee memberships: None.

Key strengths
Andy has broad commercial experience gained in senior executive positions and legal roles and is a qualified solicitor. He joined Rentokil Initial in 2008 as the Executive Director of the global Pest Control business and was also responsible for the Group Legal and M&A functions.

Current external commitments
• Director and Trustee of Street League

Previous roles
• Senior executive at ICI, EVP of M&A and General Counsel and Company Secretary
• Responsible for a number of group functions and international businesses including ICI’s regional and industrial divisions
Richard Burrows
Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: January 2008

Committee memberships: Member, Remuneration Committee.

Key strengths
He has significant international business experience ranging from leading successful manufacturing and service businesses in the drinks industry to banking and financial services roles.

Current external commitments
• Chairman of British American Tobacco p.l.c.
• NED, Carlsberg A/S (Denmark)

Previous roles
• Governor of the Bank of Ireland
• Joint Chief Executive and latterly NED, Pernod Ricard SA (France)
• Chairman and Chief Executive of Irish Distillers
• Chairman of Voicesage Global Holdings Ltd.
• NED, CityJet Ltd (Ireland)
• NED, Mey Ìçki (Turkey)
• NED, Eurasian Natural Resources Corpn. plc

Christopher Geoghegan
Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: June 2016

Committee memberships: Member, Remuneration Committee; Member, Audit Committee.

Key strengths
He has general management and commercial experience working in international markets as well as broad non-executive experience in the construction, support services, defence, electronics and aerospace industries.

Current external commitments
• NED, SIG plc

Previous roles
• Chairman of e2v Technologies plc
• Chairman of Hampson Industries plc
• NED, Lakehouse plc
• NED, Kier Group plc  
• NED, Volex plc
• Group Executive Director, UK and Rest of the World; Joint Chief Operating Officer, BAE Systems plc

Alan Giles
Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: May 2006

Committee memberships: Chairman, Remuneration Committee; Member, Nomination committee and Audit committee.

Key strengths
He has extensive commercial and strategic service industry experience having led two major retail brand businesses through significant periods of change.

Current external commitments
• NED, Perpetual Income & Growth Investment Trust plc
• NED, Competition and Markets Authority
• Chairman, Advisory Board at the Oxford Institute of Retail Management
• Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, Oxford University
• Honorary visiting professor, Cass Business School

Previous roles
• Chairman of Fat Face Group Limited
• Chief Executive of HMV Group plc
• Managing Director of Waterstones
• Director, WHSmith PLC and Book Tokens Limited
• NED, The Office of Fair Trading
• NED, Somerfield plc
• NED, Wilson Bowden plc

Angela Seymour-Jackson
Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: March 2012

Committee memberships: Member, Remuneration committee.

Key strengths
Marketing: member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing with a master’s degree in marketing. Financial services: member of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Current external commitments
• Managing Director, Corporate Solutions at Aegon UK plc
• NED, Henderson Group plc
• NED, esure Group plc

Previous roles
• Chief Executive of RAC Motoring Services
• Distribution Director of Aviva UK Life and Norwich Union Insurance

Jeremy Townsend
Chief Financial Officer

Date appointed: August 2010

Committee memberships: None.

Key strengths
Jeremy joined Rentokil Initial as Chief Financial Officer and, in addition, became Chief Information Officer in November 2013. A Chartered Accountant.

Current external commitments
• Member of the Accounting Council of the Financial Reporting Council
• Non-executive Director of parkrun Limited

Previous roles
• Finance Director of Mitchells & Butlers plc
• A senior executive at J Sainsbury plc (various finance roles including Group Financial Controller, Corporate Finance Director and Strategy Director)
• Ernst & Young, working in audit and corporate finance

Julie Southern
Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: July 2014

Committee memberships: Chair, Audit Committee.

Key strengths
Julie has had a long, successful career in a number of commercially oriented finance and related roles working for some of the world’s best known consumer brands. A Chartered Accountant with a degree in economics.

Current external commitments
• NED, NXP Semi-Conductors N.V. (NASDAQ)
• NED, DFS Furniture plc
• NED, Cineworld Group plc
• NED, Gate Group Holdings AG

Previous roles
• Chief Financial Officer (2000–2010) and Chief Commercial Officer (2010–2013) of Virgin Atlantic Limited
• Held a number of financial and operational roles in Porsche Cars, Great Britain and WHSmith PLC

Daragh Fagan
General Counsel & Company Secretary

Date appointed: September 2013 (GC); July 2014 (Company Secretary)

Key strengths
Extensive in-house legal and company secretarial experience in major listed multinational corporations, including significant businesses in emerging markets.

Current external commitments
• None

Previous roles
• General Counsel, Europe & Asia Thomson Reuters, previously General Counsel EMEA for Reuters Group plc
• Associate General Counsel, N. America, N. Sea & Middle East, Eni SpA