Board of Directors

Graham Holden (54)

Non-Executive Chairman
(previously Non-Executive Director to 31 March 2014)

Term of office

Graham joined the Board as Non-Executive Director in November 2007. On 1 April 2014 he became Non-Executive Chairman for the Group.

Previous experience

Graham is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Programme. He was Chief Executive of Marshalls plc until his retirement in October 2013. He was with the Company for 27 years and served as Group Financial Director from 1992 until 2001.

External appointments

Graham is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Management at Cranfield University.

Responsibilities

As Chairman, Graham is responsible for leading the Board.

Board Committees

To 31 March 2014:
From 1 April 2014:

Bill Halbert (66)

Chief Executive
(previously Executive Chairman to 31 March 2014)

Term of office

Bill was appointed Executive Chairman of the KCOM Group in July 2009 having joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in September 2006. On 1 April 2014 he became the Chief Executive for the Group.

Previous experience

Bill has worked in the information technology industry for over 40 years and brings a wealth of experience and strategic insight to the KCOM Group Board. During his time in the industry he founded and was the CEO for 13 years for Syntegra, BT’s global consultancy and systems integration subsidiary.

External appointments

Bill’s other directorships include Excelsys Ltd, Jade Solutions Limited and Tacit Connexions Ltd.

Responsibilities

As Chief Executive, Bill has overall executive responsibility for the day-to-day leadership of the Group and its brands.

Board Committees

Paul Simpson (45)

Chief Financial Officer

Term of office

Paul was appointed Chief Financial Officer in May 2004, having joined the Group in 2000.

Previous experience

Paul is a graduate in Economics and qualified with Price Waterhouse. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Prior to joining the Group, Paul worked in transaction services at Ernst and Young, which included working on the flotation of the KCOM Group.

External appointments

None.

Responsibilities

Paul has responsibility for all finance matters across the Group. In addition, he has responsibility for the leadership of the IT, Project Management, Technology, Service and Operations and Risk teams.

Board Committees

Kevin Walsh (61)

Executive Director

Term of office

Kevin joined the Board in May 2004, having joined the Group in 2000. He has indicated his intention to retire from the Board in the summer of 2014.

Previous experience

Kevin was Managing Director of a new media start-up and held a number of senior director roles within the Electrolux Group. He brings to the KCOM Group Board a wealth of business knowledge including a significant amount of consumer business experience.

External appointments

In February 2014, Kevin was appointed as Chairman of Manx Telecom Plc. Kevin is also a member of Business in the Community’s Yorkshire and Humber Advisory Board and the City Leadership Board of Hull City Council.

Responsibilities

Kevin had responsibility for the management of the Group’s KC brand up to 31 March 2014 and will continue to offer support to the KC brand and the rest of the business up until his retirement.

Board Committees

Tony Illsley (57)

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Term of office

Tony joined the Board in June 2009.

Previous experience

Tony has held a variety of senior business positions including Chief Executive of Telewest Communications PLC, President of Pepsi Cola Asia Pacific and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of easyJet plc.

External appointments

Tony is Chairman of Plastic Logic Ltd and is a Non-Executive Director of Camelot Global Services Limited and Camelot UK Lotteries Limited.

Board Committees

To 31 March 2014:
From 1 April 2014:

(Tony is acting as interim Chairman of the Remuneration Committee with effect from 1 April 2014.)

Martin Towers (61)

Non-Executive Director

Term of office

Martin joined the Board in June 2009.

Previous experience

Martin is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has held a number of senior finance roles including Group Finance Director at Kelda Group PLC, Allied Textile Group PLC and the Spring Ram Corporation PLC.

External appointments

Martin is Chairman of Norcros PLC and is a Non-Executive Director of RPC Group PLC and Tyman PLC.

Board Committees

Board Committees

 Audit Committee Member

 Remuneration Committee Member

 Nomination Committee Member

 Committee Chairman

 Not a member