Simon Thompson

Simon Thompson


Independent non-executive director, MA (Oxon), PhD

Appointment: April 2014 (board), from 5 March 2018 (chairman)

Committee membership: Remuneration Committee; Nominations Committee (chair); Chairman's Committee (chair)

Skills and experience: Simon, a British citizen, has a wealth of global experience in the metals and mining industry, having held numerous executive and non-executive positions in this sector. This enables Simon to provide valuable insight as a member of the board. Simon was an executive director of Anglo American plc, chairman and chief executive of the Base Metals Division, chairman of the Exploration Division and chairman of Tarmac. Prior to his career with Anglo American he held investment banking positions at S. G. Warburg and N M Rothschild.

External appointments (current and recent): Chairman of 3i Group plc since 2015, non-executive director and chairman of Tullow Oil plc since 2011 and 2012 respectively until 2017, non-executive director and senior independent director of Amec Foster Wheeler plc from 2009 and 2014 respectively until 2015, non-executive director of Sandvik AB from 2008 until 2015, and non-executive director of Newmont Mining Corporation from 2008 until 2014.

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