Directors

The Devro board represent expertise in all the critical area of our business. Its our collective job to look after the interests of the shareholders and employees, our customers and suppliers, the communities where we work, and the broader society we serve. We are:

 

Gerard Hoetmer

Chairman

Gerard joined Devro in July 2013.

Gerard was appointed Chairman of the Board on 15 May 2014, having joined the Board ten months earlier as a Non-Executive Director.
Previously Chief Executive of Corbion, an international bio-based products company, Gerard started his career with Unilever in 1980. He held a number of positions there until 2005, latterly as Senior Vice President Supply Chain, Unilever Foods and a member of the Unilever Foods Executive.
Gerard holds two other Non-Executive positions. He has been Chairman (unpaid) of the supervisory board of Feyenoord, the Rotterdam football club since March 2015. He is also Chairman of the supervisory board of Aon Groep Netherland B.V. since his appointment in June 2015, and on 13 May 2016 he was appointed as a Director of Evolva Holding SA. After 13 years, Gerard stepped down as Chairman of Spieren voor Spieren, a Dutch charity aimed at supporting research for muscular disease in September 2015.
Gerard is Chairman of the Nomination Committee.

 

Peter Page

Chief Executive

Peter joined Devro as Chief Executive in June 2007.

Peter has worked for 29 years in the international food and agribusiness sector, as a general manager and as a marketing manager where he gained experience of managing the interface between technology and food manufacturers, which is relevant to Devro’s situation.
Peter is Chairman of the Non-Executive Directors’ Remuneration Committee.

 

Rutger Helbing

Group Finance Director

Rutger joined Devro as Group Finance Director on 4 April 2016.

His position immediately prior to joining the Company was as the Group CFO of Element Six, the global leader in manufacturing synthetic diamond supermaterials, a position he had held since 2013.  Previously Rutger has held senior positions in finance and general management with ICI / Akzo Nobel and Unilever.

A Dutch national with a postgraduate degree in finance from the Free University, Amsterdam and a degree in economics from Erasmus University, Rutger has managed finance functions during periods of significant growth and change at international businesses for over 20 years

 

Jane Lodge

Non-Executive Director

Jane joined Devro in March 2012.

Jane is a Non-Executive Director and Audit Chairman of Costain Group PLC, DCC plc and Sirius Minerals plc. A Chartered Accountant, Jane was a senior audit partner with Deloitte, where she spent over 25 years advising global manufacturing companies including businesses in the food and automotive sectors. Jane was a member of the CBI Manufacturing Council until 2011. Her extensive experience with manufacturing companies and her strategic work with Deloitte has given her a strong international business perspective.
Jane is Chairman of the Audit Committee.

 

Paul Neep

Non-Executive Director
Senior Independent Director

Paul joined Devro in February 2005.

He was formerly Chairman of The Glenmorangie Company, part of LVMH, having previously been President and Chief Executive. Paul’s knowledge of marketing and experience of international business development is particularly helpful in his role as a Non- Executive Director. He is Senior Independent Director.
Paul is Chairman of the Executive Directors’ Remuneration Committee.

 

Paul Withers

Non-Executive Director

Paul joined Devro in April 2011.

Paul was Group Managing Director of BPB plc, leading businesses in the UK, the rest of Europe and the emerging markets as well as bringing leadership to the Group's strategy development. He is Senior Independent Director at Keller Group plc, and has served as a Non-Executive Director of Premier Farnell plc and as Senior Independent Director at Hyder Consulting plc. He therefore brings significant experience of international business to Devro’s Board.
Paul is Chairman of the Health and Safety Committee.