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John McAdam

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John McAdam, Independent Non-Executive Director

John brings to the board a wealth of knowledge and a deep, strategic understanding of a wide range of industries, having served as a board director on a range of global businesses since 1999. In his role as independent non executive director, John brings a complimentary viewpoint ensuring constructive challenge in interactions with the Board and management team, supporting the Company in achieving its strategy and maximising value for shareholders.



John spent 24 years at Unilever where he held a number of senior management positions and later joined Imperial Chemical Industries plc (ICI), taking the position of Group Chief Executive in 2003. John has held a wide range of board positions, including Senior Independent Director at J Sainsbury plc from 2005 to 2016, Non-Executive Director of Rolls-Royce plc from 2008 to 2017 and Senior Independent Director for Electra Private Equity plc, a London Stock Exchange listed investment trust.



John currently serves as chairman of Rentokil Initial plc and was appointed as non-executive and senior independent director of Cobham plc on 1 August 2017. He is also Chairman of United Utilities Water Limited.



John received a B.Sc. honours degree in Chemical Physics at Manchester University and later gained a Ph.D. before becoming a research fellow.