The Board includes up to 15 members drawn from across the UK and between manufacturing and service industries, large and small companies and public sector including employer organisations. See below for the current list of members.
Chairman of the NEAB
Mr Richard Boggis-Rolfe: Chairman Odgers Berndtson International
Richard Boggis-Rolfe is chairman of Odgers Berndtson whose business is to advise on appointments for critical executive and non-executive appointments in the UK and internationally. Odgers Berndtson works in a wide range of industry sectors and management functions: although the majority of its business is with clients in the commercial and financial sectors, the firm is UK market leader in recruiting for clients in central and local government and the health and education sectors.
He is chairman of The Holfords of Westonbirt Trust, a Past Master of the Pewterers Company and a Vice Patron of the Poppy Factory.
Mr Tony Bagnall: Chairman Regional Employers Engagement Group (Wales)
Tony Bagnall was Head of Capability UK for the Airbus Group, Cyber Security and Innovation until December 2013. He has held senior management positions at corporate and divisional level in Nortel, EADS (Innovation Works) and EADS (Cassidian). He has served on the CBI Wales Council and eCrimes advising the Welsh government and is an Associate Senior Fellow of the Institute of Security and Resilience Studies at University College London.
Mr William Bird: Managing Director Systems Consultants Services Ltd
William Bird is an experienced senior executive with extensive management background in the Defence, Security and Aerospace sector. He has been managing director of Systems Consultants Services (SCS) since 2010. SCS provides consultancy and technical services to the MOD, other government departments, NATO and other foreign governments. Before that he was part of a consultancy group specialising in programme and project management services. Other positions in the Defence and Aerospace industry as managing director of Boeing Defence UK Ltd. In his roles at KPMG, Hedra and Moorhouse Consulting, from 2000 to 2010, he advised public and private sector organisations at Board level. He is a member of the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets Association Regional Employer Engagement Group and is chairman of the Berkshire County Employer Engagement Advisory Committee.
Mr Peter Carter OBE
Peter Carter is the Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing and was appointed to this role in 2007. Previous appointments include Chief Executive of Central and North West London Mental Health and North West London Mental Health NHS Trusts form 1995 to 2007. He has over 28 years’ experience as a CEO and an Executive Director both in NHS Trusts and as Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing. He is Honorary Colonel of 203 Field Hospital.
Mr Kevin Goodman: Group Director of Organisation and Development, Babcock International Plc
Kevin Goodman joined Babcock in 2001. He was a Director of both the Defence and Security and Marine and Technology Divisions prior to his appointment to the Executive. In his present role he is responsible for Remuneration, Talent Management, Executive Development and Diversity. He is a Trustee of Babcock’s pension schemes. Babcock is the UK’s leading engineering support services organisation and the second largest supplier to the MOD, with revenue of over £3.2 billion in 2013 and an order book of circa £12 billion. Babcock delivers long term, operationally critical support contracts, most frequently on a partnering basis.
Mr Alun Griffith: Non Executive Director
Alun Griffiths joined Atkins in 1986 and served as Group HR Director from 2003 and a main board director since 2007 until 2014. While with Atkins he has worked in senior positions in management consultancy, marketing and strategy. He has a background in management consultancy and has led a wide range of projects in the UK and internationally. He is a Non Executive Director of the UK Resource Centre (UKRC) a leading organisation for supporting gender equality in science, engineering and technology and is chair of its Industry Board. He is also a Non Executive Director of the McLean Partnership, a specialist search practice, and ISG plc. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Mr Neil Johnson OBE TD DL: Chairman, Motability Operations Group Plc
Neil is Chairman of Motability Finance Ltd, Hornby Plc, Cybit Plc, and Tenon Plc and sits on the boards of a number of private companies and Trusts. After an early career in the Army, in 1974 Neil joined BLMC Ltd, where he held various director level appointments for technical service, engineering, manufacturing, sales and marketing in the UK and Europe and was responsible from 1978 to 1980 for strategic planning on the staff of the Chairman. In 1981 he became a member of the board of Jaguar Cars Ltd and in 1989 returned to industry and became responsible for all European automotive operations of British Aerospace as a member of the main board of rover group Plc. In 1992 he was appointed Director General of the Engineering Employers’ Federation. In 1994 he became Chief Executive officer of the RAC. During this period he was the United Kingdom representative and served on the World Council of the FIA as a vice-president. In 2000 he completed the establishment of a new UK/USA trade promotion business with offices in London and New York.
Mr David J Mackay: Former Honorary Colonel of the Scottish Transport Regiment
Joined John Menzies in Edinburgh in 1964 moving to Northern Ireland as Transport Manager in 1965 and subsequently Assistant General Manager; returned to Edinburgh in 1970 as Assistant to the Wholesale Director; London in 1973 as Assistant Regional Director and back to Edinburgh in 1978 as Operations Director. Appointed Managing Director, Wholesale in September 1984, during which time he also sat on the Menzies Retail Division Board and had additional Board responsibility for Jones Yarrell, Total Home Entertainment and Transport Services Division/Air Menzies International. He was appointed Group Managing Director effective from 1 January 1997 and became Group Chief Executive in September 1997. In 2003 he became a lifetime Vice President of Menzies Group.
Appointed as one of 2 non-executive directors of the Transport Edinburgh Ltd (TEL). Board in August 2005 and appointed Chairman of TEL in February 2006. January 2007, appointed as a non Executive Chairman designate of Portland Media Group. January 2008, appointed as the non-Executive Director of Express Newspapers in Scotland. Appointed as an Executive Director of Lothian Buses plc in June 2008 and Chair of Transport Initiative Edinburgh 2009. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics.
Mr Martin McTague: Chairman Local Government Policy, Federation of Small Businesses (County Durham)
Martin McTague is director of Pical CIC advising business clients on public policy, regulations and legislation. His business interests include ownership of Ecotech Engineering consultants and he is managing director of A3C Solutions Ltd providing business management services to petrol retailers in the UK and Germany. He has over 30 years experience owning and managing businesses at directorship level.
He is a board member of the Northern Business forum representing small business interests in the North East, former member of the CBI Regional Council, chairman of the National Local Government Committee and Vice chairman of the regional Federation of Small Businesses. He is also a member of the National Policy Committee and National Economy, Tax and Financial Affairs Committee.
Mr Tim Melville-Ross CBE: Chairman, Royal London Insurance
Tim Melville-Ross is Chairman of Royal London Insurance, Bovis Homes plc and Investors in People UK, Chairman of the University of Essex and Chairman of the Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust. Formerly Chairman of Manganese Bronze Holdings plc. He is also Chair of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Former Chairman of DTZ Holdings plc from 2000 to 2011, Director of Bovis Homes plc from 1997 to 2008 and President of the Chartered Management Institute in 2006/2007. He was Director General of The Institute of Directors from 1994 to 1999 and, before that, the Chief Executive of Nationwide Building Society for 10 years.
Mr Paul Noon OBE: Non-Executive director of the Unity Trust Bank and Deputy Chairman of Trade Union Fund Managers Ltd
Paul Noon retired as General Secretary of prospect in 2012. As General Secretary he was principal spokesperson for the union and also Chief Executive and Treasurer of the organisation. He has wide union involvement including the TUC General Council from 2002 to 2012 and TUC Executive Committee from 2002 to 2012. He has also held government appointments including member of the Green Economy Council 2010-2012 and member of the DECC Nuclear Development Forum from 2007 to 2012.
Mr Vijith Randeniya OBE: Chairman St Marys Hospice and Trent Regional Flood Committee
Vijith retired as Chief Fire Officer in the West Midlands Fire Service in Dec 2013 following 30 years service. He was appointed President of the Chief Fire Officers Association in 2010 and served as Chairman of Birmingham Metropolitan College from 2009 to 2013. He has experience of public/private sector partnerships with executive experience in the public sector. He became chairman of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice and the Trent regional Flood Committee in 2014 and is a trustee of the Royal Society for Public Health.
Mr James Sproule: Chief Economist & Director of Policy Institute of Directors
James Sproule is Chief Economist and Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors and has served in this role since 2014. Before this he was Head of UK Research and Global Capital Markets Research with Accenture from 2006 to 2013 and Director of Research with Augusta Finance plc from 2001 to 2006. He served as an officer in the Royal Navy from 1986 to 1991.
Mr Christopher Walkinshaw: Business Director Marshalls of Cambridge
Christopher Walkinshaw is Business Director of Marshalls of Cambridge and has served in various positions in the company including Chairman, Business Development Director and Communications Director during the past 30 years. Experience includes team building, communications, HR management, multi-site management, business development, sales, marketing, commercial and contract negotiation, manufacturing and project management. He has been involved in the Air Cadet organisation since 1988 and is Chairman of No.104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron. He is Chairman of the Air League Trust, having been a member of the Air League for nearly 20 years.