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Independent Non-Executive Director - Robin Freestone

Appointed Independent Non-Executive Director and member of the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee in September 2015. Robin served as Chair of the Audit Committee from April 2017 to August 2020. Robin was appointed Senior Independent Director following the AGM on 11 April 2019 and became a member of the Nomination & Governance Commitee.

Career and Experience

Robin graduated with a BA in Economics from The University of Manchester and later qualified and commenced his career as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte. He has held a number of senior financial positions throughout his career, including at ICI plc, Henkel Ltd and at Amersham plc. Robin was the Deputy CFO and then later the CFO of Pearson plc between 2006 and August 2015, where he was heavily involved with the transformation and diversification of Pearson. He was previously NED at eChem Ltd, Chair of the 100 Group and Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Cable & Wireless Communications plc. Robin was also previously Chair of the Audit Committee of plc.

Other Current Appointments

  • NED and Chair of the Audit Committee at Capri Holdings Ltd, (formerly Michael Kors Holdings Ltd).
  • Chair of the ICAEW Corporate Governance Committee.
  • Chair of the Board at plc as well as Chair of their Nomination Committee.

Skills and Competencies

Robin has been a well-regarded FTSE 100 CFO who has not only been heavily involved with transformation and diversification, but also the healthcare industry at Amersham, where his acquisition experience is of value to Smith+Nephew as it continues to grow globally and in different markets. He brings financial expertise and insight as a member of the Audit Committee and an understanding of how to attract and retain talent in a global business as a member of the Remuneration Committee.



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