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Directors

The WH Smith PLC Main Board is led by the Chairman and includes three non-executive directors and two executive directors, with support from the Company Secretary.

Board

  • Henry Staunton
    Chairman

    Henry Staunton, Chairman

    Henry Staunton joined the Board in September 2010. He has extensive finance, media and retail expertise. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Merchants Trust plc and Capital and Counties Properties plc. Previously he was Finance Director of Granada and ITV.

  • Stephen Clarke
    Chief Executive

    Stephen Clarke, Chief Executive

    Stephen Clarke was appointed Chief Executive on 1 July 2013. He joined WHSmith in August 2004 as Marketing Director for High Street Retail.  In 2006 he was appointed Commercial and Marketing Director and in 2008 became Managing Director for High Street Retail. Stephen joined WHSmith from Argos where he had been Head of Product Marketing since 2001.  His career began at the Dixons Group where he carried out a number of store, product and marketing roles.

  • Robert Moorhead
    CFO and COO

    Robert Moorhead, CFO and COO

    Robert Moorhead was appointed Group Finance Director and joined the Board on 1 December 2008. He joined WH Smith PLC in 2004 as Finance Director - Retail. Previously, he was appointed Group Finance Director at Specsavers Optical Group in 2002, and Finance and IT Director of World Duty Free Europe Ltd in 2001. He held a number of roles at B&Q and Kingfisher Group which he joined in 1991. He started his career at Price Waterhouse.

  • Suzanne Baxter
    Non-Executive Director

    Suzanne Baxter, Non-Executive Director

    Suzanne Baxter is a non-executive director and joined the Board of WHSmith in February 2013. She is Chair of the Audit Committee. Suzanne is a Chartered Accountant and was appointed Group Finance Director of Mitie Group Plc in April 2006. She is Deputy Chair of the Opportunity Now Leadership Board, a part of the Business in the Community (BitC) charity with a focus on gender diversity and Deputy Chair of the Council of British Services Association, a policy and research centre of excellence for the support services industry.

  • Annemarie Durbin
    Non-Executive Director

    Annemarie Durbin, Non-Executive Director

    Annemarie Durbin joined the Board in December 2012. Annemarie is Group Head, Independent Governance, Assurance; and Workplace at Standard Chartered. She has previously held senior roles in Wholesale Banking, including Head of Financial Institutions for Europe and Africa, and had global responsibility for the Development Organisation client segment.  Annemarie has held Consumer Banking head roles in the Philippines and Thailand and has been Chief Executive Officer in both countries.

  • Drummond Hall
    Non-Executive Director

    Drummond Hall, Non-Executive Director

    Drummond Hall joined the Board in September 2008. He spent his early years with Procter and Gamble, Mars and PepsiCo, and from 2002 to 2006 was Chief Executive of Dairy Crest PLC. He is a Non-Executive Director of Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC, Sage Group PLC and FirstGroup PLC. Drummond is also the Senior Independent Director at FirstGroup PLC.

  • Ian Houghton
    Company Secretary

    Ian Houghton, Company Secretary

    Ian Houghton is Company Secretary and Director of Legal Services and joined the Company in June 1996. He qualified as a solicitor in October 1992 and immediately prior to joining WHSmith was employed as a solicitor by the RSPCA.

Board Committees

The Audit, Nominations and Remuneration committees have written terms of reference that define their role, responsibilities and membership.

The Audit Committee meets at least three times a year. Its responsibilities include monitoring the integrity and clarity of the Company's results and financial statements; reviewing the effectiveness of the Company's internal controls and risk management systems; reviewing the effectiveness of the Company's internal audit function; and assessing the independence and objectivity of the external auditors. Members of the Audit Committee are Suzanne Baxter (Chair), Annemarie Durbin and Drummond Hall.

The Nominations Committee advises the Board on the appointment of Directors and meets when necessary. Its responsibilities include regular reviews of the structure, size and composition of the Board; giving full consideration to succession planning; and evaluating the balance of skills, knowledge and experience of the Board. Members of the Nominations Committee are Henry Staunton (Chair), Suzanne Baxter, Annemarie Durbin, Drummond Hall and Stephen Clarke.

The Remuneration Committee is responsible for determining and agreeing with the Board the broad policy for the remuneration of the Chairman, executive directors and certain other senior executives; and in consultation with the Chairman and/or Chief Executive as appropriate, determining the total individual remuneration package of each executive director and other senior executives including bonuses and share incentives. Members of the Remuneration Committee are Drummond Hall (Chair), Suzanne Baxter, Annemarie Durbin and Henry Staunton.