Board of Directors

 

    • Appointed to the Board: December 2015
    • Committee membership: Nomination (Chairman)
    • External appointments: Non-Executive Chairman of McCarthy & Stone Limited, Signia Wealth Limited, Readypower Group Limited, First Port Limited. Director of Appello Holdings Limited. Only main active trading companies have been reported.
    • Past appointments: Chief Executive of VT Group plc and Graseby plc, Chairman of John Laing Infrastructure Fund, Greenergy, Foterra plc and Knight Square Holdings, Group Managing Director of Balfour Beatty plc, President of the Society of Maritime Industries, the BSA and the Engineering Employers Federation.

    Following his appointment to the Board in December 2015, Paul was made Non-Executive Chairman in May 2016.  Paul Lester is currently Non-Executive Chairman of McCarthy & Stone plc, Ready Power Rail Services Group Limited and First Port Limited and Appello Limited, both formerly of Knight Square Holdings Limited. Paul brings a wealth of experience to Essentra, gained in increasingly senior operational and strategic executive roles, and has also served on a number of Boards in a Non-Executive capacity for more than 20 years.

    • Appointed to the Board: January 2017
    • Committee membership: Nomination, Sustainability
    • External appointments: Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Tate & Lyle plc
    • Past appointments: Group Chief Executive of Coats Group plc and Low & Bonar PLC, Non-Executive Director of Brammer plc

    Prior to joining Essentra, Paul was Group Chief Executive of Coats Group plc - the world's leading industrial thread manufacturer - for seven years, where he oversaw company rationalisation as well as growth through acquisition, instigated and delivered a clear vision and corporate strategy, drove material improvements in financial performance and built the momentum to position the business as an innovative and global industry leader.

    Before assuming the role of Group Chief Executive, Paul held a number of increasingly senior operational and strategic positions at a variety of companies, and has a proven track record of international manufacturing experience at the highest level.


    • Appointed to the Board: November 2017
    • Committee membership: Sustainability
    • External appointments: Non-Executive Director at DCC plc.
    • Past appointments: CFO at XAAR PLC and CFO, Smiths Detection at Smiths Group Plc

    Lily joined Essentra as Chief Financial Officer in 2018, before which she was CFO of Xaar Plc Group, a FTSE listed inkjet technology developer and manufacturer of industrial inkjet printheads. Prior to this, Lily was CFO, Smiths Detection at Smiths Group Plc, and has nearly 20 years of experience in the manufacturing and engineering sectors.

    Lily began her career with a Chinese investment firm before emigrating to Australia to complete an MBA, and she has worked across three continents (Asia, Europe and Australia).

     
    • Appointed to the Board: June 2017
    • Committee membership: Audit (Chairman), Remuneration, Nomination, Sustainability
    • External appointments: Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Travelzoo, Non-Executive Director of Mitie Group plc and Gemfields Group Limited
    • Past appointments: Non-Executive Director of Cape plc - a global industrial services company, and of London 2012 - the London Development Agency, Woodford Investment Managers, Crown Agents Ltd and Crown Agents Bank Ltd, Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of the Department of Transport, Chair of the Oversight Committee of Saranac Partners, a wealth management partnership.
    Mary is currently Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of global media internet company Travelzoo - a US-listed publisher of travel, entertainment and local offers. She is a Non-Executive Director of Mitie Group plc, a facilities management company. Mary brings a wealth of accounting, finance and international management experience to Essentra, having previously been a Partner of Deloitte LLP for more than twenty years, as well as serving on a number of Boards in a Non-Executive capacity since 2000.
    • Appointed to the Board: June 2017
    • Committee membership: Remuneration and Nomination, Sustainability (Chairman)
    • External appointments: Non-Executive Director and member of the Governance Committee at AptarGroup Inc., Non-Executive Director and member of the Remuneration and HR Committee at Huhtamäki Oyj and Non-Executive Director and member of Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee at Shepherd Building Group Board Limited.
    • Past appointments: Non-Executive Director of AMVIG
    Ralf is currently a senior adviser to private equity firms and an independent consultant.  He was previously President and Managing Director of Amcor Flexibles – Asia Pacific and a member of the Global Group Executive Team of Amcor, the world leader in packaging with operations in approximately 40 countries and revenue of approximately US$10bn.  Ralf brings extensive international experience in the packaging industry to Essentra, gained over many years and through living and working across three continents.
    • Appointed to the Board: June 2019
    • Committee membership: Remuneration (Chairman), Audit, Nomination, Sustainability
      Current appointments: Partner at Stork & May, Member of the Remuneration Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales
    • Past appointments: Partner in Deloitte LLP and Deloitte NSE LLP

    Nicki brings extensive advisory experience to Essentra, having provided Board level counsel to many UK and international businesses over more than twenty five years as an executive remuneration consultant. Nicki has been a Partner of Deloitte LLP and led the Deloitte “Women on Boards” programme, as well as teaching a number of programmes for Non-Executive Directors. Nicki is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. Nicki combines her Board work with advice on senior executive career strategy and development.

    • Appointed to the Board: June 2021
    • Committee membership: None at present
    • External appointments: Independent Strategy Advisor, AIP LLC
    • Past appointments: None

    Adrian currently provides investment advisory services for strategic investment and merger and acquisitions, and has extensive experience in US and Global markets having operated in a range of businesses including light and heavy manufacturing, distribution and services sectors. Adrian has experience of leading full P&Ls, digitising businesses and driving operational efficiencies that have transformed the businesses he has worked in. Adrian’s early career included roles with General Electrical which he joined in 1990 and went on to become President and CEO for Latin America, Consumer and Industrial business and also a director of a joint venture with MABE, subsequently being promoted to President of Chemicals & Monitoring. Following GE, Adrian worked with WW Grainger and then Republic Services as Senior Vice President, Emerging Business Operations, where he also led Republic’s sustainability initiatives driving forward Environmental Social and Governance issues.

  • Jon Green joined Essentra in March 2005, and was appointed Company Secretary & General Counsel in July 2005. Prior to joining Essentra, Jon worked as an in-house lawyer for a number of large international businesses, including Hays plc and Unilever plc. Jon is a qualified solicitor.