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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Gary Kennedy

2015 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Jozef Opdeweegh

52 2018 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Tony Grace

2018 Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan Bunting

2018 Chief Executive Officer - Smiths News, Executive Director

Peter Birks

2018 Chief Executive Officer - Tuffnells

Stuart Marriner

2010 General Counsel, Company Secretary

Justin Adams

2014 Managing Director - Connect Books

Glenn Leech

2013 Managing Director - Connect Education and Care

Chris Ward

2015 Managing Director - Connect Parcel Freight

Sarah Miles

2013 Group Human Resources Director

Max Livingstone-Learmonth

Group Strategy Director

Richard Webb

2013 Group IT & Services Director

Michael Holt

2018 Non-Executive Director

Andrew Brent

2016 Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Denise Collis

59 2015 Independent Non-Executive Director

Mark Whiteling

53 2018 Senior Non-Executive Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Gary Kennedy

Mr. Gary Kennedy is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. Gary Kennedy joined the Board as a non-executive director on 2 March 2015 and subsequently became Chairman on 1 May 2015. Gary is Chairman of each of Greencore Group plc and Green REIT plc. He was formerly Group Director of Finance and Enterprise Technology at Allied Irish Banks plc from May 1997 to December 2005, following executive positions at Nortel Networks and Deloitte. He has previously been a non-executive director of Elan Corporation plc and Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Ltd, as well as serving on the Board of the Industrial Development Authority of Ireland for 10 years, retiring in December 2005.

Jozef Opdeweegh

Mr. Jozef (Jos) Opdeweegh is Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Jos started his career in the financial services industry and worked in a number of senior finance positions. Following a short period as the Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director for Europe, in 2000 Jos became the Chief Executive Officer of syncreon, a global provider of logistics services to the automotive and technology industry. In 2008, he was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Americold Realty Trust, the world's largest logistics provider for frozen and temperature controlled food products. From 2012 to 2015, Jos led the carve-out and subsequent sale of Caterpillar Logistics Services (now known as Neovia Logistics) during which period he was also a non-executive director of Interline Brands. In April 2016, Jos was Chief Executive Officer and Board Director of Premier Farnell PLC, a FTSE listed specialized high service distributor of technology products, until its sale to Avnet Inc. in October of the same year.

Tony Grace

Mr. Tony Grace is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Tony is a highly experienced senior executive, with extensive and relevant financial and business transformation experience, most recently as Chief Financial Officer at Yodel Delivery Network and previously in senior finance and operational roles at Virgin Media and Telewest.

Jonathan Bunting

Mr. Jonathan Michael Bunting is Chief Executive Officer - Smiths News, Executive Director of the Company. He joined WH Smith News in 1994. He rose through the organisation in a variety of sales and marketing managerial roles before being promoted to the executive management team in 2001. In April 2014, Jonathan became Managing Director of the Connect News & Media division.

Peter Birks

Stuart Marriner

Justin Adams

Mr. Justin Adams is Managing Director - Connect Books of the company. Prior to joining, Justin was the Chief Executive Officer at Sealskinz. Prior to that, he sat on the Greene King plc board and spent over five years as the Managing Director for the Brewing Division. Before joining Greene King, he worked for Diageo, where he had responsibility for Guinness Germany, and Maxxium Worldwide where he was Managing Director UK & Ireland.

Glenn Leech

Mr. Glenn Peter Leech is Managing Director - Connect Education and Care of the Company. He joined WH Smith News in 2004 as Human Resources Director. Prior to joining WH Smith News, Glenn spent seven years at Ford Motor Company, during which time he held a number of managerial positions in employee relations, HR business operations and as an HR project manager. He was appointed Group Human Resources Director on 1 September 2011 and Managing Director, The Consortium on 26 October 2013. In April 2014, Glenn became Managing Director of the Connect Education & Care division.

Chris Ward

Mr. Chris Ward is Managing Director - Connect Parcel Freight of the company. He has a wealth of operational experience, spanning a number of blue chip companies, including Accenture, Boots UK and most recently B&Q, where he was the Chief Operating Officer (Business Transformations) with responsibility for operational functions across supply chain, logistics, IT and property as well as strategy and organizational change.

Sarah Miles

Ms. Sarah Miles is Group Human Resources Director of the Company. Prior to joining, Sarah led the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s expansion into Asia. Prior to that, she spent 12 years at PepsiCo in a variety of HR leadership roles, most recently as Senior HR Director of PepsiCo’s UK Manufacturing & Logistics divisions where she also had HR responsibility for finance, IT and special projects. Before joining PepsiCo she worked for Pearson and Marks and Spencer.

Max Livingstone-Learmonth

Mr. Max Livingstone-Learmonth is Group Strategy Director of the Company. He joined the Group in March 2011 as Head of Corporate Development. Max has 15 years of strategy and corporate acquisitions experience and prior to joining the Group was a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He was appointed Group Strategy Director and joined the Group Executive on 1 September 2014.

Richard Webb

Mr. Richard Webb is Group IT & Services Director of the Company. He joined WH Smith News as a graduate recruit in 1987. Richard worked in a variety of roles at warehouse locations and regional level before moving to head office in 1994 to join the Information Systems Department. He was appointed Information Systems Director in 2004 and Group Information Technology Director on 1 September 2011, assuming responsibility for Group Services on 1 May 2013.

Michael Holt

Mr. Michael Holt is Non-Executive Director of the Company. Michael has most recently been the Chief Operating Officer of Fedex Express, Europe (from May 2016 to September 2018) and has also held a number of other senior executive roles with FedEx Corporation since 2006. Prior to that, Michael held senior executive roles at a number of leading organisations including ANC Group, 20:20 Logistics, Findel Education and Borden Decorative Products (a division of Borden Inc).

Andrew Brent

Mr. Andrew Brent is Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of the company. Andrew Brent joined the Board on 1 September 2008 and is the Senior Independent Director. Andrew was most recently Chief Customer and Marketing Officer at Barclays Bank and prior to that held senior marketing positions in a number of leading companies including BSkyB, Alliance Boots Plc, Burger King Inc., Iceland Frozen Foods Plc and Proctor and Gamble Inc.

Denise Collis

Ms. Denise R. Collis is Independent Non-Executive Director of the company since 1 December 2015. She was Chief People Officer at Bupa, the global healthcare business, from May 2010 until December 2014. Prior to that, she held senior HR roles at a number of leading organisations including 3i Group plc, EY, Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC. Other current appointments –– SThree PLC, non-executive director, Chair of Remuneration Committee and member of Nominations Committee –– British Heart Foundation, Chair of Remuneration Committee and member of Nominations Committee and Advisory Council.

Mark Whiteling

Mr. Mark A. Whiteling is Senior Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company since 1 September 2017. Mark Whiteling is currently the senior independent director of Hogg Robinson Group PLC where he also chairs its Audit Committee and is also a member of its Nominations and Remuneration Committees. He has relevant and recent financial, operational and business planning experience having previously been Deputy CEO and former CFO of Premier Farnell plc (until June 2016), as well as possessing extensive senior international, operational and finance experience with a number of diverse organisations including Autobar Group Limited, Communisis plc, Tibbett & Britten Group plc and Enodis plc. He was a Non-Executive Director of Future plc until December 2014 and was also Chairman of its Audit Committee and a member of its Nominations and Remuneration Committees.