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Independent Non-Executive Director - Virginia Bottomley

Appointed Independent Non-Executive Director in April 2012 and Member of the Remuneration Committee and Nomination & Governance Committee in April 2014. Virginia has been a Member of the Compliance & Culture Commitee since April 2019.

Career and Experience

Virginia gained her MSc in Social Administration from the London School of Economics following her first degree. She was appointed a Life Peer in 2005 following her career as a Member of Parliament between 1984 and 2005. She served successively as Secretary of State for Health and then Culture, Media and Sport. Virginia was formerly a Director of Bupa and AkzoNobel NV.

Other Current Appointments

  • Director of International Resources Group Limited, where she is Chair of Board & CEO Practice at Odgers Berndtson.
  • Member of the International Advisory Council of Chugai Pharmaceutical Co.
  • Chancellor of University of Hull.
  • Sheriff of Kingston upon Hull.
  • Trustee of The Economist Newspaper.

Skills and Competencies

Virginia’s extensive experience within Government, particularly as Secretary of State for Health, brings a unique insight into the healthcare system both in the UK and globally, whilst her experience on the board of Bupa brings an understanding of the private healthcare sector and an insight into the needs of our customers. Her experience running the board practice at a search firm gives her a valuable skillset as a member of the Nomination & Governance Committee and Remuneration Committee. Her long association with Hull, the home of many of our UK employees, also brings an added perspective.



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