To view the biographies click on the names of the Directors below.

Dame Helen Alexander, Chairman

Appointed: May 2012
Independent: Yes

Skills and experience: 

Dame Helen Alexander is Chairman of UBM plc, a member of PwC's Public Interest Body, non-executive director of Huawei UK, and senior adviser to Bain Capital. She is Deputy Chair of the Hampton-Alexander Review into the representation of women in senior levels of business, and Chancellor of the University of Southampton.  Helen is chairman of the trustees of Thomson-Reuters and is involved with other not-for-profit organisations as director of the Grand Palais (Paris), the Said Business School (Oxford) and an honorary fellow of Hertford College, Oxford.

Helen was president of the CBI 2009-2011 and was chief executive of the Economist Group until 2008, having joined the company in 1985 and been managing director of the Economist Intelligence Unit from 1993 to 1997. She has served on the boards of Northern Foods plc, BT plc, Centrica plc, Rolls Royce plc, and was deputy chairman of esure Group Holdings plc and chairman of the Port of London Authority. Dame Helen has an MA from Oxford, an MBA from INSEAD and in 2015 was awarded the French Legion d'Honneur. 

Committee Membership: Chairman of the Nomination Committee. Member of the Remuneration Committee.

Tim Cobbold, Chief Executive Officer

Appointed: May 2014

Skills & Experience: Tim was previously Chief Executive at De La Rue, an international business employing 4,000 people in more than 150 countries covering the Africa, Asia, Continental Europe, Latin America, Middle East and the USA.His previous roles included UK engineering group TI Group and Chloride Group plc, where he became Chief Executive in 2008.  Chloride operates in Continental Europe, Asia, US, Middle East and Australia. After graduating form Imperial College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Tim qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse. 

Committee Membership: None

External Appointments: Non-Executive Director of  Drax plc.

Marina Wyatt, Executive Director

Appointed: September 2015

Skills and experience: Marina joined UBM’s Board as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director in September 2015, having previously been Chief Financial Officer and member of the Management Board at TomTom NV for ten years. Before joining TomTom, Marina was Chief Financial Officer of Colt Telecom from 2002-5. Prior to this she was Group Finance Director at Psion Plc having been promoted from Group Controller in 1996. Marina is a Chartered Accountant  having begun her career with Arthur Andersen, working in London and the US.  Marina graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in geography.

Committee Membership: None

External Appointments: Non-Executive Director of Shanks Group plc. Member of the Supervisory Board at Lucas Bols B.V. 

Alan Gillespie Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Appointed: April 2008 
Independent: Yes

Skills and experience: Alan has extensive experience in both the private and the public sector, with a background in investment banking and financial services. He spent ten years at Citibank, followed by 13 years at Goldman Sachs as a partner, with responsibility for corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions in the UK and Ireland. He jointly led the firm’s financial services practice in Europe and in 1996 established Goldman Sachs’ presence in South Africa. Alan has worked in the UK, USA, Europe and South Africa. From 2001 to 2008 he was Chairman of The Ulster Bank Group. He is currently the Senior Independent Director at Old Mutual plc. Within the public sector, Alan is Chairman of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and Chairman of the International Finance Facility for Immunization (IFFIm), an intergovernmental organisation established to fund vaccination programs for children in many of the world’s poorest countries. He has been Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Development Corporation and the Chair of The Northern Ireland Industrial Development Board.

Committee membership: Member of the Audit Committee. Member of the Nominations Committee.

External appointments: Chairman of the Economic and Social Research Council (UK). Chairman of the International Finance Facility for Immunization (UK).  Senior Independent Director of Old Mutual plc (UK).

Greg Lock, Non-Executive Director

Appointed: February 2010 
Independent: Yes

Skills and experience: Greg has more than 38 years’ experience in the technology, software and computer services industry. In a 30-year career at IBM Greg held a wide range of senior roles including a member of IBM’s Worldwide Management Council and Governor of the IBM Academy of Technology. As Global General Manager, Industrial sector, he had worldwide responsibility for IBM’s business with companies in the Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics, Chemical, Petroleum and other manufacturing industries. During his career at IBM he lived and worked in the United States, France, Germany and the UK. Greg is Chairman of Computacenter plc, the IT services business, and was previously Chairman of Kofax plc, the leading provider of document-driven business process automation solutions. He also spent four years as Chairman of technology company SurfControl Plc.

Committee membership: Member of the Audit Committee. Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.

External appointments: Chairman of Computacenter plc (UK).

John McConnell, Non-Executive Director

Appointed: January 2014
Independent: Yes

Skills and experience:  John was Group Finance Director of Inchcape plc, the leading premium automotive group which operates in 26 developed and emerging markets around the world, until he stepped down at the end of February 2016. An Australian national, he joined Inchcape in 1999 as CFO of their Australian and New Zealand businesses and was subsequently promoted to CEO of that region before being appointed as Group Finance Director in October 2009. Prior to joining Inchcape John worked with Reckitt and Colman (now Reckitt Benckiser) for 13 years in a variety of senior financial roles in the UK, Germany and Australia.

Committee membership: Chairman of the Audit Committee. Member of the Nominations Committee.

Mary McDowell, Non-Executive Director

Appointed: August 2014

Independent: Yes

Skills and experience: Mary has experience running both enterprise and consumer divisions in multi-national companies in the technology industry. From 2004 to 2012 she worked at Nokia, the global telecommunications and mobile phone producer, where she held a number of management roles, most recently as Executive Vice President in charge of Nokia’s Mobile Phones unit. Before joining Nokia, Mary served 17 years at HP-Compaq, after joining as a systems engineer in 1986 and subsequently holding a series of roles in product marketing, product management and strategy, and operational management.

Committee membership: Member of the Nominations Committee. Member of the Remuneration Committee.

External appointments: Mary is Independent Director and Chair of the Compensation/HR Committee at Autodesk, a US-based multinational software corporation. Director at Bazaarvoice Inc. 

Terry Neill, Non-Executive Director

Appointed: September 2009 
Independent: Yes

Skills and experience: Terry spent over 30 years working at Accenture/ Andersen Worldwide, between 1970 and 2001 and has vast experience of working on large-scale design and delivery projects, and managing change in a global business. Working in London, Dublin and Chicago, he was the worldwide Managing Partner of Andersen/Accenture’s Change Management Practice and a senior partner in Accenture until August 2001, when he was part of the team that successfully developed and executed the strategy for transforming Accenture into a public company. Terry was also Chairman of Andersen Worldwide from 1996 to 2000. Between 2004 and 2010 Terry was a non-executive director of Bank of Ireland Group and a non-executive director of CRH plc.

Committee membership: Member of the Audit Committee. Member of the Nominations Committee.

External appointments: Chairman of the Camerata Ireland Orchestra (Ireland). Governor of the London Business School and Finance Committee Chairman (UK). Member Trinity College Dublin Foundation Board and Chair of Humanities Advisory Board.

Trynka Shineman, Non-Executive Director

Appointed: March 2016
Independent: Yes

Skills and Experience: Trynka is President of Vistaprint, a leading global online provider of professional marketing products and services to tens of millions of micro business owners. Trynka leads Vistaprint's technology, product and marketing strategies and previously held a number of senior marketing and leadership positions since she joined the Company in 2004. Her career in marketing spans more than 18 years and all facets of the marketing discipline. She has focused on developing the strategies and capabilities to acquire and retain customers at scale in both e-commerce and traditional marketing settings. Before Vistaprint, Trynka worked in a variety of marketing analytic and strategy roles at a boutique marketing consultancy.

Committee membership: Member of the Audit Committee. Member of the Nominations Committee.


David Wei, Non-Executive Director

Appointed: November 2016
Independent: Yes

Skills and Experience: David is Chairman and Founding Partner of Vision Knight Capital, a private equity fund focussed on investments in internet, e-commerce and B2B services empowered by technology in China.  He has extensive experience in investment and management of operations in China and has held non-executive directorships at HSBC Bank China and the China Advisory Board of IMI plc.  Prior to founding Vision Knight Capital, David was CEO of the global leading e-commerce company Limited, leading its listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2007.  David also held a number of senior positions at Kingfisher PLC and was most notably CEO of B&Q China, which under his leadership grew to become China’s largest home improvement retailer.  David was also Head of Investment Banking for Orient Securities Co, and Corporate Finance Manager at Coopers & Lybrand (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers).  

Committee Membership: Member of the Remuneration Committee.  Member of the Nominations Committee.