Board of Directors

Find out who our board members are, their responsibilities and and their roles.  Click on the photographs to read a brief biography of each director

The board is responsible to the company’s shareholders for the group’s system of corporate governance, its strategic objectives and the stewardship of the company’s resources. The board meets at least seven times per year.

Meet the Board of Directors 

Committees of the Board: A - Audit Committee, N - Nomination Committee, M - Management Development and Remuneration Committee

  • Tim Stevenson
    Tim Stevenson
    Chairman
    Tim Stevenson, OBE Chairman, age 65; joined Johnson Matthey as Chairman Designate in March 2011; appointed Chairman in July 2011. He was Chairman of The Morgan Crucible Company plc from December 2006 to July 2012 and was Chairman of Travis Perkins plc from November 2001 to May 2010. From 1975 to 2000 he held a variety of senior management positions at Burmah Castrol plc, including Chief Executive from 1998 to 2000. He is a qualified barrister and is Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. M, N. arrow close
  • Neil Carson
    Neil Carson
    Chief Executive
    Neil Carson,

    Chief Executive, age 57; joined Johnson Matthey in 1980; appointed Division Director, Catalytic Systems in 1997 after having held senior management positions in the Precious Metals Division as well as Catalytic Systems in both the UK and the US. Appointed to the board as Managing Director, Catalysts & Chemicals in August 1999. Appointed Chief Executive in July 2004. Currently a non-executive director of AMEC plc.

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  • Robert MacLeod
    Robert MacLeod
    Group Finance Director
    Robert MacLeod, Group Finance Director, age 49; joined Johnson Matthey in 2009. Previously he was Group Finance Director of WS Atkins plc and worked in a variety of senior financial roles at Enterprise Oil plc. He is currently a non-executive director of Aggreko plc and is a Chartered Accountant. arrow close
  • Michael Roney
    Michael Roney
    Non-executive director
    Michael Roney,

    Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Management Development and Remuneration Committee, age 59; appointed a non-executive director in June 2007. Currently Chief Executive of Bunzl plc and a non-executive director of Brown-Forman Corporation. Joined Bunzl plc as a non-executive director in 2003. Prior to becoming Chief Executive of Bunzl he was the Chief Executive Officer of Goodyear Dunlop Tires Europe BV and had an extensive career with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co holding a number of senior management positions with responsibilities in Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. A, M, N

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  • Alan Ferguson
    Alan Ferguson
    Non-executive Director
    Alan Ferguson,

    Chairman of the Audit Committee, age 56; appointed a non-executive director in January 2011. Currently a non-executive director of Croda International Plc, The Weir Group PLC and London Mining Plc (where he is chairman of their respective audit committees). He was previously Chief Financial Officer and a Director of Lonmin Plc. Prior to joining Lonmin, he was Group Finance Director of The BOC Group until late 2006 when the Linde Group acquired BOC. Before joining BOC in 2005, he worked for Inchcape plc for 22 years in a variety of roles including Group Finance Director from 1999 until his departure. He is a Chartered Accountant. A, M, N

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  • Colin Matthews
    Colin Matthews
    Non-executive Director
    Colin Matthews,

    Age 57; appointed a non-executive director in October 2012. Currently Chief Executive Officer of Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited, Colin was previously Group Chief Executive of Hays Group plc and then Group Chief Executive of Severn Trent plc. Earlier in his career he was Managing Director of BA Engineering for British Airways plc and then Executive Director of Lattice Group plc. He is a former non-executive director of Mondi plc. A, M, N

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  • Dorothy Thompson
    Dorothy Thompson
    Non-executive Director
    Dorothy Thompson, Age 53; appointed a non-executive director in September 2007. Currently Chief Executive of Drax Group plc. Joined the board of Drax Group plc as Chief Executive in 2005. Prior to joining Drax she was head of the European business of the global power generation firm, InterGen. First starting her career in banking she has had senior management roles in the UK, Asia and Africa. A, M, N arrow close
  • Odile Desforges
    Odile Desforges
    Non-executive Director
    Odile Desforges,

    Aged 63; appointed a non-executive director in July 2013. Currently a non-executive director of Safran SA, the French aerospace, defence and security group, of Dassault Systemes and of Sequana, the global paper manufacturer and distributor. Odile has had a long and distinguished career in the automotive industry, initially with the French Government’s Transport Research Institute and then with Renault SA and AB Volvo. She has held a number of senior executive positions in purchasing and in product planning, development and engineering, including as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organization (RNPO) and most recently as Executive Vice President, Engineering and Quality at Renault until her retirement in July 2012. She was appointed a Knight of the French Legion of Honour in 2009. A, M, N

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  • Larry Pentz
    Larry Pentz
    Executive Director
    Larry Pentz, Executive Director, age 58; joined Johnson Matthey in 1984; appointed Division Director, Process Catalysts and Technologies in 2001 after having held a series of senior management positions within Johnson Matthey in the US. Appointed Executive Director, Process Catalysts and Technologies in August 2003, Executive Director, Emission Control Technologies in July 2004 and Executive Director, Environmental Technologies in April 2009. Currently a non-executive director of Victrex plc. arrow close
  • John Walker
    John Walker
    Executive Director, Emission Control Technologies
    John Walker, Executive Director, Emission Control Technologies, age 53; joined Johnson Matthey in 1984. Appointed Division Director, Emission Control Technologies in 2009 after holding a series of senior management positions within the division in the USA, Asia and Europe. Appointed Executive Director, Emission Control Technologies in October 2013. arrow close
  • Simon Farrant
    Simon Farrant
    Company Secretary
    Simon Farrant, Company Secretary; joined Johnson Matthey from corporate legal practice in 1994. Appointed Company Secretary in 1999 and Group Legal Director in 2007. He is a Solicitor and Attorney & Counselor-at-Law (State of New York). arrow close
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