Our Board

 
Nicholas Ferguson CBE

Nicholas Ferguson CBE

Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Extensive experience in leadership roles in the finance sector. Co-founder and instrumental in the development of Schroder Ventures (the private equity group which later became Permira) of which he served as Chairman from 1984 to 2001. Prior to his appointment as Chairman of the Company on 3 April 2012, he served as Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director. Chairman of Alta Advisers Limited, an investment advisory firm, since January 2007. Former Chairman of the Courtauld Institute of Art for ten years before retiring in July 2012. Chairman of SVG Capital plc, a public quoted private equity group, from April 2005 to November 2012.

Appointed to the Board: 15/06/2004
Nationality: British

Committee membership:
Member of the Remuneration and Corporate Governance & Nominations Committees

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Andrew Higginson

Andrew Higginson

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Corporate Governance & Nominations Committee

A former Director of Tesco plc having spent 15 years at the company, first as Finance and Strategy Director, and latterly as Chief Executive of their Retailing Services business. His early career was with Unilever, Guinness, Laura Ashley and the Burton Group. He is a member of the 100 Group of Finance Directors. Andrew is Chairman of Poundland Group plc and N Brown plc and a Non-Executive Director of Woolworth SA and the Rugby Football Union. Appointed to the Board: 01/09/2004 Nationality: British Committee membership: Chairman of the Corporate Governance & Nominations Committee and member of the Audit Committee.

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Jeremy Darroch

Jeremy Darroch

Chief Executive and Executive Director

Jeremy joined the Company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2004 and was appointed CEO in December 2007. He has extensive experience in the retailing and fast-moving consumer goods sectors. Prior to joining the Company, Jeremy was Group Finance Director of DSG International plc (DSG), formerly Dixons Group plc and prior to DSG, he spent 12 years at Procter & Gamble in a variety of roles in the UK and Europe. Jeremy is a Non-Executive Director and a member of each of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Commitees of Burberry Group plc and a Council Member of the National Centre for Universities and Business. He was previously a Non-Executive Director and the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Marks and Spencer Group plc. Appointed to the Board: 16/08/2004 Nationality: British

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Chase Carey

Chase Carey

Non-Executive Director

An executive with extensive media and Pay TV experience. Chase is President and Chief Operating Officer of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. and a member of the supervisory board of Sky Deutschland AG. Former President and Chief Executive Officer of DIRECTV, Inc., where he led the operations and strategic direction of the Direct TV Group. Prior to joining DIRECTV, Inc., he was Co-Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation (subsequently renamed Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.) and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Fox Television Group. Appointed to the Board: 30/01/2013 Nationality: American

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Tracy Clarke

Tracy Clarke

Independent Non-Executive Director

An experienced banking and human resources professional. Group Head, People, Compliance, Communications and Culture at Standard Chartered Bank, Tracy has spent most of her career in banking roles both in the UK and in Hong Kong. A former Non-Executive Director of SC First Bank in Korea (2005-2007) and Non-Executive Director of eaga plc (2007-2011), where she chaired the Remuneration Committee. Tracy is a trustee of the charity, WORKing for YOUth. A member of the Institute of Financial Services and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Appointed to the Board: 11/06/2012
Nationality: British

Committee membership: Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Bigger Picture Committee.

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David F. DeVoe

David F. DeVoe

Non-Executive Director

A finance professional with extensive experience in the media sector. Since July 2013, David has served as Senior Advisor to the Board of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (formerly known as News Corporation) having served as CFO from 1990 to June 2013 and as a Senior Executive Vice President from 1996 to June 2013. David is a former Director of Shine Limited and has previously served as a Director of Gemstar-TV Guide (2001-2008) and as a Director of DIRECTV (2003-2008). Appointed to the Board: 15/12/1994 Nationality: American

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Martin Gilbert

Martin Gilbert

Independent Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee

Experienced finance professional and entrepreneur and CEO of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, the fund management group that he co-founded in 1983. He is a member of the Scottish Government’s Financial Services Advisory Board and a Director of a number of investment trusts. Martin is former Chairman of Firstgroup plc, Chaucer PLC and was Non-Executive Director of Dynmark International Limited. Appointed to the Board: 29/11/2011 Nationality: British Committee membership: Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee

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Adine Grate

Adine Grate

Independent Non-Executive Director

An executive with extensive finance and investment management experience. Adine has operated at the top tiers of Nordic based international business for the past two decades. Chairperson of NASDAQ OMX Swedish Listing Committee and Vice Chairperson of AP7, a Swedish pension and savings asset management company. A Board member of: Three (Scandinavia), a mobile telecommunications and broadband operator; SOBI AB, an international specialty healthcare company; Sampo OY, a leading financial and insurance institution and Swedavia AB, an airport operator. Formerly Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Investor AB, owner of a number of Nordic based international companies. Adine is Chairperson of Base23 and Friends of a Designmuseum.

Appointed to the Board: 17/07/2013
Nationality: Swedish

Committee membership:
Member of the Audit Committee.

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Andrew Griffith

Andrew Griffith

Chief Financial Officer & MD, Commercial Businesses and Executive Director

An experienced finance professional. Andrew joined the Company in 1999 and held a number of senior finance roles prior to his appointment as CFO in April 2008. In addition to his role as CFO, Andrew has executive responsibility for Sky’s commercial businesses, including advertising, data services and broadcasting to licensed premises. Andrew joined the Company from Rothschild, the investment banking organisation, where he provided financial and strategic advice to corporate clients in the technology, media and telecommunications sector. In March 2014, he joined the board of Just Eat plc. He serves as a Non-Executive Director, Senior Independent Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees. Andrew has a degree in law from Nottingham University and is a member of the 100 Group of Finance Directors and Advisory Board of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation. Appointed to the Board: 07/04/2008 Nationality: British

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Dave Lewis

Dave Lewis

Independent Non-Executive Director

Experienced executive with strong operational expertise. Dave joined the board of Tesco plc as Chief Executive Officer on 1 September 2014. Prior to that he was President, Personal Care for Unilever plc, where he sat on the Unilever Leadership Executive. Joining Unilever as a graduate trainee in 1987, he held a variety of senior roles in Europe, South America and Asia, including President for the Americas and Chairman of Unilever UK and Ireland.

Appointed to the Board: 16/11/2012
Nationality: British

Committee membership:
Member of the Audit, Corporate Governance & Nominations and the Bigger Picture Committees

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James Murdoch

James Murdoch

Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Bigger Picture Committee

An experienced media executive who has held a number of senior leadership roles within Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (formerly known as News Corporation). He has been a Director of the Company since 2003, having served as CEO from November 2003 until December 2007 and Chairman from December 2007 until April 2012. James is Co-Chief Operating Officer of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. James is a member of the Board of Directors of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. and News Corporation, Inc. and Chairman of the supervisory board of Sky Deutschland AG. Between 2000 and 2003, he was Chairman and CEO of Star Group Limited. James is a former Non-Executive Director of GlaxoSmithKline plc (2009-2012) and Sotheby’s (2010-2012). Appointed to the Board: 13/02/2003 Nationality: American Committee membership: Chairman of the Bigger Picture Committee

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Matthieu Pigasse

Matthieu Pigasse

Independent Non-Executive Director

Leading investment banking professional and former civilian administrator of the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. In 2002 he joined investment banking firm Lazard. Matthieu is Deputy CEO of Lazard in France and Vice Chairman of Lazard in Europe. He is also the owner of a French publishing group, Les Inrockuptibles and a co-controlling shareholder of the leading newspaper publisher Le Monde and the French edition of the Huffington Post. A Board member of Groupe Lucien Barrière, Derichebourg and Relax News.

Appointed to the Board: 29/11/2011
Nationality: French

Committee membership:
Member of the Audit Committee

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Daniel Rimer

Daniel Rimer

Independent Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee

Investment finance professional and entrepreneur with extensive experience of building investment businesses internationally. Specific sector knowledge and skills focus include internet infrastructure software and services, technology, communications, ecommerce, and media business. General Partner of the venture capital firm Index Ventures Management LLP (Index Ventures). Prior to joining Index Ventures, he was a General Partner of The Barksdale Group. Daniel serves on a number of boards including Etsy, Inc., First Dibs, Inc., Flipboard, Inc., FON Wireless Limited,
Nasty Gal, Inc.,RightScale Inc. and Viagogo.

Appointed to the Board: 07/04/2008
Nationality: Swiss

Committee membership:
Member of the Remuneration Committee

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Arthur Siskind

Arthur Siskind

Non-Executive Director

Highly experienced legal practitioner and member of the Bar of the State of New York since 1962. Senior Advisor to the Chairman since January 2005 and Director Emeritus since October 2012 of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (formerly known as News Corporation). Arthur served at News Corporation as an Executive Director from 1991 to October 2012, Group General Counsel from 1991 to December 2004, as a Senior Executive President from 1996 to December 2004 and as an Executive Vice President from 1991 to 1996. Adjunct Professor of Law at the Cornell Law School (2007-2009) and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University

Appointed to the Board: 19/11/1991
Nationality: American

Committee membership: Member of the Corporate Governance & Nominations Committee

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Andrew Sukawaty

Andrew Sukawaty

Independent Non-Executive Director

Executive Chairman of Inmarsat plc, global mobile satellite communications provider. Andrew has previously held a number of senior management positions in the telecommunications industry including; Chief Executive and President of Sprint PCS and Chief Executive of NTL (UK) and roles at US West and AT&T. Andrew is Non-Executive Chairman of the supervisory board of Ziggo N.V., a Dutch national media and communications company. Appointed to the Board: 01/06/2013 Nationality: American Committee membership: Member of the Remuneration Committee

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