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FirstGroup PLC (FGP.L)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

David Martin

65 2019 Chairman of the Board

Matthew Gregory

2018 Chief Executive, Chief Financial Officer, Interim Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director

Ryan Mangold

2019 Chief Financial Officer

Dave Leach

President, Greyhound

Dennis Maple

President, First Student

Brad Thomas

President, First Transit

Michael Hampson

2016 General Counsel, Company Secretary

Giles Fearnley

2011 Managing Director, First Bus

Steve Montgomery

Managing Director, First Rail

Constance Baroudel

Director of Strategy & Operational Performance

Rachael Borthwick

Group Corporate Services Director

Jimmy Groombridge

2017 Group Employee Director

Warwick Brady

2014 Non-Executive Independent Director

Steve Gunning

2019 Non-Executive Independent Director

Martha Poulter

2017 Non-Executive Independent Director

David Robbie

58 2019 Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Julia Steyn

2019 Non-Executive Independent Director

Imelda Walsh

55 2014 Non-Executive Independent Director

James Winestock

68 2012 Non-Executive Independent Director

Faisal Tabbah

2017 Head of Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

David Martin

Mr. David Martin is Chairman of the Board of the Company. David is the former Chief Executive of Arriva, a leading passenger transport group providing a range of services including bus, coach and rail operations across 14 countries, with revenues of over €6bn. His career in the transport industry began in 1986. He was appointed to the Board of Arriva in 1998 with specific responsibility for international development, before taking over the leadership of the company in 2006. During his tenure, Arriva was transformed into a multi-national transport services group through a number of key strategic mergers and acquisitions. In September 2010 the company was purchased by Deutsche Bahn, one of the world’s leading passenger transport and logistics companies. David remained as Chief Executive throughout this period, before stepping down in January 2016. He remained on the Arriva Board advising on a range of issues until May 2017.

Matthew Gregory

Mr. Matthew Gregory serves Chief Executive, Chief Financial Officer, Interim Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director of the Company. Matthew has strong financial and operational expertise, including strategic and financial planning and control, as well as extensive international experience of driving performance improvement and restructuring. Former Group Finance Director of Essentra plc, having previously been Director of Corporate Development as well as having held a number of senior finance roles. His early career was spent at Rank Group plc and Ernst & Young.

Ryan Mangold

Mr. Ryan Mangold is appointed as Chief Financial Officer of the Company effect from 31 May 2019. He was Group Finance Director of homebuilder Taylor Wimpey plc for eight years until April 2018, having originally joined in 2009 as group financial controller. During that time Ryan played an integral role in the transformation of Taylor Wimpey’s financial profile, which included the sale of its North American assets, improving the balance sheet to investment grade and restructuring its pension liabilities. In addition to his other roles, Ryan also oversaw the commercial and information technology functions at the company. Prior to this Ryan worked in the mining and basic resources sector. He joined the Anglo American group of companies in 1999 as a financial analyst before becoming group financial controller of Mondi Group in 2004, where he played a significant role in its demerger from Anglo American in 2007. Ryan is a chartered accountant.

Dave Leach

Mr. Dave Leach serves as President, Greyhound of the Firstgroup PLC. Dave is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Greyhound Lines. He began his career with Greyhound Canada in 1986. He joined Greyhound Lines, Inc. in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer, after leading Greyhound Canada as Senior Vice President. As COO he was responsible for all customer service functions, safety, real estate and facilities, driver operations, maintenance, industry relations and the company's subsidiaries. With more than two decades of experience in the private intercity bus industry, Dave has an unrivalled understanding of its challenges and opportunities. Dave is a board member of both the Canadian Bus Association and American Highway Users Alliance.

Dennis Maple

Mr. Dennis Maple serves as President, First Student of the Company. Dennis joined First Student in January 2014 from Aramark Corporation, a leading services organisation with revenues of over $13bn, where over the previous ten years he performed a number of senior roles, most recently as President of Aramark Education. Prior to that, he undertook a number of senior management roles within large organisations including Coors Brewing Company, Kraft General Foods, Inc., PepsiCo, Inc., and Quaker Oats Company. Dennis has an outstanding record of leadership and delivery, particularly in contract based operations, as well as considerable experience of the North American education sector. As President of Aramark Education, he oversaw the provision of integrated services to the K-12 sector (elementary, middle and secondary education) of approximately 3,600 schools across some 500 school districts in the US.

Brad Thomas

Mr. Brad Thomas serves as President, First Transit of the Company. As President of First Transit and First Vehicle Services, Brad Thomas is responsible for more than 19,000 employees across North America. Brad joined First Transit as senior vice president of the East Region in 2003 and was named president in 2009. With nearly 20 years of experience in the transit industry, Brad is well versed in fixed-route, paratransit, university transportation systems and fleet maintenance solutions. Brad earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the State University of New York College at Cortland and holds a master's degree in political science - public policy analysis and administration - from Binghamton University (NY). Committed to service, Brad encourages his teammates to actively support their communities and professional associations. His engaging and respected approach has helped transform the business and its relationship with customers across the continent.

Michael Hampson

Mr. Michael Hampson serves as General Counsel, Company Secretary of Firstgroup PLC. Michael Hampson joined the Group in 2016. Michael is secretary to the Remuneration and Nomination Committees and his deputy, Silvana Glibota-Vigo, is secretary to the Audit and Board Safety Committees.

Giles Fearnley

Mr. Giles Fearnley serves as Managing Director, First Bus of the Company. In 1991 Giles Fearnley led the management buy-out of Blazefield Holdings which operated bus networks principally across Yorkshire and Lancashire. He remained as Chief Executive for two years following the Group’s sale to Transdev plc in 2006. In the mid 90’s, Giles took a 'sabbatical' into the rail industry and was one of the founders of Prism Rail PLC, which came to operate four passenger rail franchises in the UK. He was appointed its Chief Executive in 1997 and led the Group prior to its sale in 2000 to National Express. Most recently he served as Chairman of Grand Central, the open access rail operator prior to its sale to DB in 2011. Until January 2011 Giles was Chairman of the Confederation of Passenger Transport, having also been a past President of the organisation. He is also past Chairman of the Association of Train Operating Companies. He formerly chaired Journey Solutions, the bus and rail industry initiative to promote integration and also chairs Greener Journeys, the UK bus and coach industry’s campaign to promote modal shift from cars to buses and coaches. Giles joined FirstGroup in February 2011 as its Managing Director responsible for the UK Bus division.

Steve Montgomery

Mr. Steve Montgomery serves as Managing Director, First Rail of the Company. Steve's career in the railway industry spans almost 30 years, during which time he has gained significant experience in all aspects of rail management. He started his working life with British Rail and held various senior posts before becoming Operations and Safety Director at ScotRail, coinciding with FirstGroup taking over the franchise in 2004. He was appointed Managing Director of First ScotRail in 2009. Under his leadership, First ScotRail achieved the highest ever levels of customer satisfaction and punctuality in the franchise's history and won countless awards including Rail Operator of the Year in 2014 and Scottish Public Transport Operator of the Year in both 2012 and 2013.

Constance Baroudel

Rachael Borthwick

Jimmy Groombridge

Mr. Jimmy Groombridge serves as Group Employee Director of the Company. Jimmy has been a Bus driver for almost 40 years and is currently employed as a bus driver for First Eastern Counties, one of the Group’s bus operations. An Employee Director for First Eastern Counties Buses Ltd. for more than a decade, he was also elected as the regional Employee Director for Norfolk and Essex. Safety is a passion for Jimmy and as such he is a Be Safe champion. Having gained experience working on projects for different departments within FirstGroup, he has a unique wealth of experience of employee engagement.

Warwick Brady

Mr. Warwick Brady serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company since June 26, 2014. Warwick has a strong track record of delivering restructuring, cost reduction and modernisation programmes. His previous roles include Chief Executive of Mandala Airlines in Asia, Deputy Operations Director at Ryanair plc and Chief Operating Officer at Air Deccan/Kingfisher in India and easyJet plc. Warwick also held board positions at Airline Group and NATS, the UK’s airspace provider, and was Deputy CEO of Buzz. He is Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stobart Group Ltd (until 1 July 2017 when he will become CEO) and strategic Board Advisor at Vistair Systems Ltd.

Steve Gunning

Mr. Steve Gunning has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company, with effect from 1 January 2019. He has served in increasingly senior financial and operational roles at British Airways, part of the International Airlines Group (IAG), since 1998. Since 2016 he has served as Chief Financial Officer of British Airways. Prior to this Steve was CEO of the IAG Cargo division for five years. During his career Steve has gained considerable experience leading operational turnarounds, major corporate integration processes and complex pension negotiations. Steve qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PwC.

Martha Poulter

Ms. Martha C. Poulter serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of the company effect from 26 May 2017. Martha’s experience In technology spans the telecommunications, financial services, and hospitality industries. She was most recently the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and, prior to that, She was Vice President of General Electric and CIO of GE Capital with global responsibility for IT strategy and operations. She is Board Director of Norwalk Community College Foundation.

David Robbie

Mr. David Robbie is Senior Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. He brings a wealth of financial, accounting, strategic and corporate finance experience and skills to the Board. He was Finance Director of Rexam PLC from 2005 until its acquisition by Ball Corporation in 2016. Prior to his role at Rexam, David served in senior finance roles at BTR plc before becoming Group Finance Director at CMG plc in 2000 and then Chief Financial Officer at Royal P&O Nedlloyd N.V. in 2004. He served as a Non-Executive Director of the BBC between 2006 and 2010 and as Chairman of their Audit Committee. David qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG.

Julia Steyn

Ms. Julia Steyn is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. She has served as vice president, Urban Mobility and Maven at General Motors (GM) until earlier this year. Maven combines all of GM’s car- and ride-sharing offerings, including its strategic alliance with Lyft, under a single personal mobility brand. Julia first joined GM in 2012 as vice president, corporate development and global M&A, to manage GM’s partnerships globally while also developing merger and acquisition opportunities. Prior to this, Julia was vice president and co-managing director for Alcoa's corporate development group, having previously worked in London, Moscow and New York for Goldman Sachs and A.T. Kearney.

Imelda Walsh

Ms. Imelda Walsh serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company since June 26, 2014. Imelda brings considerable experience to the Board gained across a number of sectors, as well as outstanding_remuneration practice skills. She was_formerly Non-Executive Director and Chair of_the Remuneration Committee of Sainsbury’s Bank plc and Mothercare plc and has held senior executive roles at J_Sainsbury plc (where she was_Group HR Director), Barclays Bank plc and Coca-Cola & Schweppes Beverages Limited. She is Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committees of William Hill plc and Mitchells & Butlers plc.

James Winestock

Mr. James (Jim) F. Winestock, Jr. is no longer Non-Executive Independent Director of FirstGroup Plc., effective 30 September 2019. Jim brings to the Board considerable operational experience gained within a large complex organisation, together with a trackrecord of achievement. He has served in a number of senior roles and was a member of the management committee during his career at United Parcel Service, Inc, latterly as Senior Vice President and Director of US operations and global security with responsibility for all US operations and 360,000 employees. Other appointments: Non-Executive Director of YRC Worldwide, Inc; also serves on the Board of two not-for-profit organisations in the US.

Faisal Tabbah