Steve Good

Non-Executive Chairman

Steve joined Devro on 1 June 2019 

ExperienceSteve has international experience in speciality chemicals businesses, manufacturing and diverse industrial markets. Steve was Chief Executive Officer at Low & Bonar plc from 2009 to 2014. Prior to joining Low & Bonar, Steve spent 10 years with BTP plc (now part of Clariant) in a variety of leadership positions managing international speciality chemicals businesses. He is the Non-Executive Chairman of Zotefoams plc and he is also a Non-Executive Director of Elementis plc, where he chairs the Remuneration Committee. Previously Steve was a Non-Executive Director at Cape plc, Anglian Water Services Ltd and Dialight plc. 

Skills: Steve brings with him from both his executive and non-executive career considerable experience of international and industrial businesses. He is a Chartered Accountant.

Steve is Chairman of the Nomination Committee.

Rutger Helbing

Chief Executive Officer

Rutger joined Devro as Group Finance Director in April 2016 and became Chief Executive Officer on 28 February 2018.

Experience: Prior to joining the Company, he was Group Chief Financial Officer of Element Six, the global leader in manufacturing synthetic diamond supermaterials. Previously, Rutger held senior positions in finance and general management with ICI/Akzo Nobel and Unilever. He holds a postgraduate finance degree from the Free University of Amsterdam and a degree in economics from the Erasmus University.

Skills: Rutger brings broad experience from having worked in a wide range of international businesses with exposure to food manufacturing, consumer-facing businesses and in business-to-business environments. Having both worked in broad finance roles and in general management he has also wide functional experience.

Rutger is Chairman of the Non-Executive Directors’ Remuneration Committee.

Jackie Callaway

Chief Financial Officer

Jackie joined Devro as Chief Financial Officer on 1 May 2018.

Experience: Prior to joining the Company, Jackie was Group Financial Controller of Brambles Limited, the ASX top 20 supply chain logistics company, where she led Brambles global finance transformation programme. Between 2008 and 2013 she was Chief Financial Officer of Consolidated Minerals Limited, the manganese ore producer, where she led a $405 million refinancing and was responsible for investor relations. Jackie has also held further senior finance roles at, amongst others, Fonterra Cooperative Group Limited, New Zealand’s leading dairy producer. Jackie served on the Australian Financial Reporting Council between May 2016 and June 2018.

Skills: Jackie is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She brings broad financial, business and international experience to the Board.

Paul Withers

Non-Executive Director/Senior Independent Director

Paul joined Devro in April 2011.

Experience: 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 Tyman plc, and has served as Senior Independent Director at Keller Group plc, Hyder Consulting plc and Premier Farnell plc. 

Skills: Paul brings significant experience of international business to Devro’s Board.

Paul is the Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Executive Directors’ Remuneration Committee.

Jeremy Burks

Non-Executive Director

Jeremy joined Devro on 1 May 2020.

Experience: Jeremy is Executive Vice President at Roquette Group, a privately owned global leader in plant-based ingredients and a pioneer of new vegetal proteins. He has headed their global commercial function and overseen their four business units for the last five years. During that time, he has driven a global strategic, operational and organisational change programme across the company. Prior to this, he spent more than 20 years with Dow Corning in a variety of global business and commercial leadership roles, which included 10 years establishing and growing specialty businesses in Asia.

Skills: Jeremy’s extensive business leadership experience in international nutrition, health and specialty chemicals will add skills and insights that will be a valuable addition to support the development and execution of the Company's growth strategy.

Lesley Jackson

Non-Executive Director

Lesley joined Devro on 1 May 2020.

Experience: Lesley was the Group Chief Financial Officer for Stock Spirits PLC from 2011 to 2017, prior to which she held similar positions at William Grant & Sons, and at United Breweries (an Indian listed public company). She is a non-executive director of Aberforth Split Level Income Trust plc and has served as non-executive director of Trackwise Designs PLC (where she also chaired both the Audit and Remuneration Committees). Lesley is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with KPMG.

Skills: Lesley’s extensive finance and business experience from her roles in international manufacturing businesses will be a valuable addition to support the development and execution of the Company’s growth strategy.

Lesley is Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Malcolm Swift

Non-Executive Director

Malcolm was appointed to the Board at the AGM on 26 April 2017.

Experience: Malcolm is President, Global Flavor Solutions, International-EMEA and Chief Administrative Officer of McCormick & Company Inc., a global leader in flavour listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He leads McCormick’s Flavor Solutions business globally as well as the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Region. He also oversees Corporate Strategy, Corporate Development, Corporate Communications, Global Quality, and McCormick’s Sustainability Strategy. He was previously responsible for all of McCormick’s operations outside the Americas.

Skills: Malcolm brings his expertise in the food industry to the Devro Board in both the consumer and industrial sectors, along with significant experience of international business. Malcolm is Chairman of the Health and Safety Committee.


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