Managing the business for profitable growth to drive shareholder value.

Board of directors

John McAdam
Chairman

Date appointed: May 2008

Committee memberships: Chairman of the Nomination Committee.

Skills and experience
John brings to the Group a deep and strategic understanding of a wide range of industry sectors
gained from his career with Imperial Chemical Industries plc (ICI) and Unilever over more than 30 years and his other Board and advisor appointments. John joined ICI following its acquisition of Unilever’s Specialty Chemicals Companies in 1997 and was then appointed Chief Executive of the Group in 2003. Prior to joining ICI, John spent 24 years with Unilever where he held a number of senior management positions. John was Senior Independent Director at J Sainsbury plc from 2005 to 2016 and a Non-Executive Director of Sara Lee Corporation in America from 2008 to 2012, Severn Trent Plc from 2000 to 2005 and Rolls-Royce Holdings plc from 2008 to 2017. John received a B.Sc. honours degree in Chemical Physics at Manchester University and later gained a Ph.D. before becoming a research fellow.

Current external commitments

• Chairman, United Utilities Group PLC
• Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director, Electra Private Equity PLC

Andy Ransom
Chief Executive

Date appointed: May 2008 

Skills and experience
Andy joined Rentokil Initial in 2008 as the Executive Director of the global Pest Control business with functional responsibility for Corporate Development, M&A, Legal, Company Secretariat, Risk and Health & Safety. He was appointed Chief Executive of Rentokil Initial plc in October2013. Andy has broad commercial experience gained in senior executive positions and legal roles. Andy joined Rentokil Initial from ICI where he held various positions as a senior lawyer and head of the mergers and acquisitions team since 1987. In 2005, he was appointed to the executive management team as Executive Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions, General Counsel and Company Secretary. He also had operational responsibility for ICI’s Regional and Industrial Division. During his career with ICI he spent several years working in its businesses in the US and Canada. Andy is a graduate of the University of Southampton and a qualified solicitor.

Current external commitments
• Director and Trustee of Street League

Richard Burrows
Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: January 2008

Committee memberships: Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Skills and experience
Richard worked at Irish Distillers in various areas of the business before being appointed Chief Executive in 1978, and Chairman/CEO in 1991. He held this position for nine years before being appointed joint Chief Executive of Irish Distillers’ parent company Pernod Ricard in 2000, from which he retired in 2006. Richard also served as the Governor of the Bank of Ireland from 2005 to 2009. He has significant international business experience ranging from leading successful branded manufacturing and service businesses in the drinks industry to banking and financial services roles. Richard attended Wesley College, Dublin (Ireland) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland.

Current external commitments
• Chairman, British American Tobacco p.l.c.
• Non-Executive Director, Carlsberg A/S (Denmark)
• Chairman, Craven House Capital plc

Christopher Geoghegan
Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Date appointed: June 2016

Committee memberships: Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.

Skills and experience
Chris was on the Board of Directors of BAE Systems plc from 2000 until 2007, where he worked as Joint Chief Operating Officer. Chris has also worked in a series of senior executive roles at Airbus and British Aerospace over a 34 year executive career and has a wealth of commercial experience of complex, international companies. He is a former Chairman of e2v technologies plc and Hampson Industries plc, and former Senior Independent Director of Kier Group plc and Volex plc. Chris is a Council Member and past president of the Society of British Aerospace Companies and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Current external commitments
• Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director, SIG plc

Angela Seymour-Jackson
Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: March 2012

Committee memberships: Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Skills and experience
Angela was Managing Director of the Workplace Division at Aegon UK plc from December 2012 until January 2016. Prior to this, Angela was Chief Executive Officer of RAC Motoring Services from 2010 until 2012. Previous roles also include Distribution Director at Aviva UK Life and Distribution Director at Norwich Union Insurance. She has extensive executive and business experience in motoring and insurance services and also has valuable knowledge of service focused organisations with a strong track record of improving customer care. Angela has a Master’s degree in Marketing and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Current external commitments
• Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director, Gocompare.com Group plc
• Non-Executive Director, Henderson Group plc
• Non-Executive Director, esure Group plc
• Senior Adviser to Lloyds Banking Group (Insurance)

Julie Southern
Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: July 2014

Committee memberships: Chairman of the Audit Committee; Member of the Nomination Committee.

Skills and experience
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. She was Chief Commercial Officer of Virgin Atlantic Limited between 2010 and 2013, responsible for the commercial strategy of Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Holidays. Prior to this, Julie was Chief Financial Officer of Virgin Atlantic Limited for 10 years from 2000 to 2010. She has also held a number of additional senior financial roles including Group Finance Director at Porsche Cars Great Britain and Finance and Operations Director at HJ Chapman & Co Ltd. Julie is a former Non-Executive Director of gategroup Holding AG and brings valuable listed company experience gained at her former and current roles. Julie is a Chartered Accountant, having trained with Price Waterhouse and has a BA (Hons) in Economics from Cambridge University.

Current external commitments
• Non-Executive Director, NXP Semi-Conductors N.V. (NASDAQ)
• Non-Executive Director, DFS Furniture plc
• Non-Executive Director, Cineworld Group plc

Jeremy Townsend
Chief Financial Officer

Date appointed: August 2010

Skills and experience
Jeremy joined Rentokil Initial as Chief Financial Officer in 2010 and, in addition, became Chief Information Officer in November 2013. He previously worked at Mitchells & Butlers, where he joined as Deputy Finance Director in June 2005 before becoming Finance Director in February 2008. He was previously employed by J Sainsbury plc where he held various finance roles including Group Financial Controller, Corporate Finance Director and Strategy Director. Prior to Sainsbury’s, Jeremy worked in audit and corporate finance at Ernst & Young LLP. Jeremy has a degree in Management Sciences from Manchester University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Current external commitments
• Member of the Accounting Council of the Financial Reporting Council
• Non-Executive Director, parkrun Trading Limited and parkrun Global Limited

Daragh Fagan
General Counsel & Company Secretary

Date appointed: July 2014

Skills and experience
Daragh joined Rentokil Initial as Group General Counsel in September 2013 and, in addition, became Company Secretary in July 2014. Daragh has extensive in-house legal and company secretarial experience in major listed multinational corporations, including those with significant businesses in emerging markets. Daragh joined Rentokil Initial from Thomson Reuters where he was General Counsel, Europe & Asia, and prior to that General Counsel, EMEA of Reuters Group plc. Before joining Reuters, he spent 10 years working in the oil and gas industry for the Italian multinational Eni SpA, after qualifying as a solicitor at Herbert Smith. Daragh has a Master’s degree in History from Cambridge.

Current external commitments
• None