Our Board of Directors

Executive Directors

  • Jos Opdeweegh, Aged 50

    Role: Chief Executive Officer from 11 April 2016.

    Other appointments: Non-Executive Director of Aplicor Inc, a UD business involved in the development and supply of ERM, CRM and eCommerce software solutions.

    Skills and experience: Jos has over 17 years experience in senior leadership positions in a number of industrial sectors and global enterprises. Most recently he was CEO of Neovia Logistics, a global leader in industrial contract logistics and led its carve-out from Caterpillar to form a standalone company. His operational executive roles include 4 years as CEO of Americold Realty Trust and 7 years as President and CEO of syncreon, (formerly TDS Logistics). His Board experience includes a Non-Executive Directorship of Interline Brands, a leading distributor of MRO products in the USA. Jos’ international experience and achievements in enhancing value for shareholders across a range of businesses provide a strong platform for the next stage of the Group’s development.

Non-Executive Directors

  • Val Gooding, CBE Aged 65

    Role: appointed as Non-Executive Chairman since 15 June 2011

    Other appointments: Non-Executive Director of Vodafone Group Plc and TUI AG, Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the English National Ballet.

    Committees: Nominations (Chairman).

    Skills and experience: Val has a wealth of international business and leadership experience, having held senior strategic and operational roles in a variety of businesses focused on customer service and served on the boards of a number of global quoted companies, charities and governmental organisations. Val was CEO of BUPA during a 10-year period of strong growth and global expansion and was a senior executive at British Airways, serving latterly as Director for Asia Pacific. Val has also served as a Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered plc, J Sainsbury plc, the BBC, the Lawn Tennis Association, the Home Office, Compass Group plc, BAA plc and CWC Communications plc.

  • Paul Withers, MA Aged 59

    Role: appointed as a Non-Executive Director since September 2007. Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Senior Independent Director.

    Other appointments: Non-Executive Director of Devro plc and Senior Independent Director of Keller Group plc.

    Committees: Committees: Remuneration (Chairman), Audit and Nominations.

    Skills and experience: Paul was formerly Group Managing Director of BPB Plc and has considerable experience of leadership in both developing and established markets and of strategic development at both business and corporate level. Paul’s extensive Board experience and the interaction he has with the Company’s shareholders in his role as chair of the Remuneration Committee serve Paul well in his role as Senior Independent Director.

  • Thomas Reddin, BSc, MBA Aged 55

    Role: appointed as a Non-Executive Director from September 2010 and chair of the Digital Advisory Board.

    Other appointments: Non-Executive Director of Asbury Automotive Group Inc., Deluxe Corporation and Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. He is a Managing Partner of Red Dog Ventures, LLC, a venture capital and advisory firm in the digital arena.

    Committees: Nominations.

    Skills and experience: Tom’s primary areas of expertise are in marketing, branding and digital innovation. Tom’s extensive experience in these areas makes him well-placed to chair the Digital Advisory Board. Tom was formerly Vice President of Consumer Marketing at Coca-Cola USA and President, COO, and ultimately CEO, of LendingTree LLC, a market leader in web-based lending.

  • Peter Ventress, Aged 55

    Role: appointed as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 October 2013.

    Other appointments: Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of Galliford Try plc and Non-Executive Director of Softcat plc and BBA Aviation plc.

    Committees: Audit, Remuneration and, from 17 March 2015, Nominations.

    Skills and experience: Peter has broad international experience in the B2B environment. Until 2014, Peter was Chief Executive Officer of Berendsen plc. Prior to joining Berendsen in 2010, he was International President of Staples Inc and also spent 10 years in senior management positions with Corporate Express N.V., becoming Chief Executive in 2007. During his roles at Corporate Express and Staples, Peter was also a Non-Executive Director of Corporate Express Australia Ltd.

  • Gary Hughes, Aged 53

    Role: appointed as a Non-Executive Director since 1 November 2014. Chairman of the Audit Committee.

    Other appointments: Senior member of the Operational Excellence team at Apax Partners LLP, a leading global private equity firm and Non-Executive Director of two of their portfolio companies, being Smart Technologies Inc in Canada and BMI Healthcare Ltd in the UK. Non-Executive Director of Booker Group plc, Non Executive Director, Chair of the Audit Committee and Senior Independent Director of SECC Limited; Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of the Scottish Football Association Limited; and Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Majid al Futtaim Retail Ltd in the Middle East.

    Committees: Audit (Chairman), Remuneration and Nominations.

    Skills and experience: Gary's extensive involvement in both the public and private markets, as well as his general management, corporate finance, operational finance and private equity experience adds considerable value across both the strategic agenda of Premier Farnell, as well as its operational finance and makes him a good choice as Chair of the Company's Audit Committee. Gary was formerly Chief Financial Officer of Gala Coral Group, Chief Executive Officer of the largest operating division of United Business Media plc and Group Finance Director of Emap plc. He has also recently completed 10 years on the Board of J Sainsbury's Plc.


    Role: appointed as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 9 November 2015.

    Other appointments: Senior Independent Director of Fenner plc.

    Committees: Audit, Remuneration and Nominations.

    Skills and experience: Geraint has extensive experience in executive management and operational role in a number of industries, including engineering and power products. He was formerly Interim Chief Executive Officer of Volex plc, a leading provider of interconnect solutions and power products where he also served as a Non-Executive Director. He has also held roles as Chief Executive Officer at TT Electronics plc, Vice President of Cisco Systems, and Senior Vice President of Pirelli.

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