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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. Robin served as Chair of the Audit Committee from April 2017 to August 2020. Robin was appointed Senior Independent Director following the AGM in April 2019 and became a Member of the Nomination & Governance Committee.

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 has held a number of senior financial positions throughout his career, including at ICI plc, Henkel Ltd and at Amersham plc. Robin was the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and then later the Chief Financial Officer of Pearson plc between 2006 and August 2015. He was previously NED at eChem Ltd, Chair of the 100 Group and Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Cable & Wireless Communications plc. Robin was also previously chair of the Audit Committees at group plc, Capri Holdings LTD and Smith and Nephew plc.

Other Current Appointments

  • NED and Lead Director at Capri Holdings Ltd.
  • Chair of the ICAEW Corporate Governance Committee.
  • Chair of the Board at plc as well as Chair of their Nomination Committee.
  • NED and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee at Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc.

Skills and Competencies

Robin has been a well-regarded FTSE 100 Chief Financial Officer who has been heavily involved with transformations, diversification and risk management. His acquisition experience in the healthcare sector brings value to Smith+Nephew as it continues to grow into different markets. He brings financial expertise and insight as a member of the Audit Committee and understands how to attract and retain global talent as a member of the Remuneration Committee. His experience as a Chair brings a strong Senior Independent Director to the Smith+Nephew Board.



Board and committees of Smith+Nephew

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