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Independent Non-Executive Director - Robin Freestone

Appointed Independent Non-Executive Director and Member of the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee in September 2015. He became Chairman of the Audit Committee in March 2017.

Career and Experience

Robin graduated with a BA in Economics from The University of Manchester and later qualified and commenced his career as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte. He held a number of senior financial positions throughout his career, including at ICI PLC, Henkel Ltd  and Amersham plc. Robin was the Deputy CFO and then later the CFO of Pearson PLC between 2006 and August 2015, where he was heavily involved with the transformation and diversification of Pearson. He was previously NED at eChem Ltd, Chairman of 100 Group and Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Cable and Wirless Communications plc from 2015 to May 2016. Robin is a NED and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Group plc and a NED at Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. Currently, Robin sits on the advisory panel to the ICAEW's Finacial Reporting Committee.

Skills and Competencies

Robin has been a well-regarded FTSE 100 Chief Financial Officer who has not only been heavily involved with transformation and diversification, but also the healthcare industry at Amersham, where his acquisition experience will be of value to Smith & Nephew as it continues to grow globally and in different markets. He brings financial expertise and insight to his role as Chairman of the Audit Committee and an understanding of how to attract and retain talent in a global business to the Remuneration Committee.


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