Sir Peter Gershon CBE FREng


Our Chairman is responsible for the leadership and management of the Board and its governance. He ensures the Board is effective in its role by promoting a culture of openness and debate, facilitating the effective contribution of all Directors and helping to maintain constructive relations between Executive and Non-executive Directors.

Appointed: 1 August 2011 as Deputy Chairman and became Chairman with effect from 1 January 2012.

Tenure: 7 years

Career and experience: Sir Peter has held senior positions spanning both public and private sectors in the healthcare, technology and telecommunications industries. His previous senior board level appointments include Chairman of Tate and Lyle plc, Chief Executive of the Office of Government Commerce, Managing Director of Marconi Electronic Systems and a member of the UK Defence Academy Advisory Board.

Skills and competencies: In this role he draws on his broad business and governance experience from the executive and non-executive senior positions he has held. His leadership as Chairman is pivotal in creating an effective Board by encouraging robust debate. Sir Peter has a commitment to strong corporate governance and has regular constructive engagement with investors through the Company’s shareholder networking programme. Sir Peter actively engages with employees across our operational sites.

External appointments: Sir Peter currently holds external appointments as a Non-executive Chairman of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance Management Board, Trustee of The Sutton Trust, Trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation and Chairman of Join Dementia Research (JDR) Partnership Board. He is also a board member of the Investor Forum.

Committees: Chairman of the Nominations Committee