Dr Gerry Murphy was appointed as Chairman of the Board on 12 July 2018 having joined the Board as Chairman designate on 17 May 2018. He is also Chairman of the Nomination Committee. Gerry has been Chairman of Tate & Lyle plc since April 2017 and Chairman of The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP, Blackstone's principal European entity, since 2008. Prior to joining Blackstone as a senior managing director in its private equity group, Gerry served as CEO of several UK-listed companies including Kingfisher plc from 2003 to 2008, Carlton Communications plc (now ITV) from 2000 to 2003, Exel plc from 1995 to 2000 and Greencore Group plc from 1991 to 1995. He has also previously been a non-executive director of Intertrust N.V., British American Tobacco plc, Merlin Entertainments plc, Reckitt Benckiser plc, Abbey National plc and Novar plc.