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Board of Directors

The Company and the Group are committed to high standards of corporate governance and the Board is accountable to the Company's shareholders for good corporate governance.

Donald BrydonDonald Brydon CBE

Chairman

Donald joined the Board in July 2012 and became Chairman on 1 September 2012. He is also Chairman of Royal Mail plc and the Medical Research Council and was, until 19 November 2013, Chairman of Smiths Group plc. Donald had a 20-year career with Barclays Group, during which time he was Chairman and Chief Executive of BZW Investment Management and acting Chief Executive of BZW followed by fifteen years with the AXA Group including holding the posts of Chairman and Chief Executive of AXA Investment Managers and Chairman of AXA Framlington. He has also recently chaired the London Metal Exchange, Amersham plc, Taylor Nelson Sofres plc and the ifs School of Finance and is a past Chairman of EveryChild. He has also served as Senior Independent Director of Allied Domecq plc and Scottish Power plc.


Stephen KellyStephen Kelly

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen Kelly became Chief Executive of Sage on 5 November 2014. He has over 30 years’ leadership experience in the SME and technology sector having led successful businesses in California, New York and Europe. Stephen has served as Chief Executive Officer of two high growth, public software companies - NASDAQ listed Chordiant Software, Inc. from 2001 to 2005 and London Stock Exchange listed Micro Focus International plc. from 2006 to 2010, where the company achieved a 7-fold increase in market value over the 4 years. In 2012 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer for UK Government. Stephen was the most senior Executive responsible for UK Government’s Efficiency & Reform agenda, including Digital, Commercial, IT and SME strategies. From 2010, the UK Government increased its proportion of spend on Goods & Services from SMEs by over 50%.

Stephen’s early career was spent at Oracle, where he was responsible for various divisions including European Alliances, as a key contributor to the global alliances strategy which established Oracle’s partner and channel management.

He has angel invested and been a Director in a number of high growth start-ups (including Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 Award winners) and is passionate about supporting SMEs and promoting their role in driving economic growth and wider prosperity.  Stephen is an active sportsman and is married with three daughters.  You can follow Stephen on @SKellyCEO.


Steve HareSteve Hare

Group Chief Financial Officer

Steve joined Sage in January 2014, having previously been Operating Partner and Co-Head of the Portfolio Support Group at the private equity firm Apax Partners, which he joined in 2009. Prior to this he built over 10 years’ experience leading the finance function for three listed UK companies culminating as CFO for FTSE 100 company Invensys plc, the global technology-related business, from 2006 to 2009. Between 2004 and 2006 Steve was Group Finance Director for Spectris plc, the FTSE 250 precision instrumentation and controls company and from 1997 to 2003 he was with Marconi PLC, acting as CFO from 2001.

Steve qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985 with Ernst & Whinney, now part of Ernst & Young, and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Liverpool University.


Ruth MarklandRuth Markland

Senior Independent non-executive director

Ruth was appointed to the Group Board in September 2006, becoming Senior Independent Director in March 2011. Ruth is also a non-executive director of Standard Chartered plc and a member of the Supervisory Board of Arcadis NV. She was formerly Managing Partner, Asia for the international law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.



Neil BerkettNeil Berkett

Independent non-executive director

Neil joined the Board on 5 July 2013. He is also Chairman of the Guardian Media Group, a non-executive director of Bank of Queensland Ltd and member of the Board of Trustees of the NSPCC. He has over 25 years’ experience in a wide range of highly competitive consumer industries. Most recently, he was Chief Executive of Virgin Media Group from March 2008 to June 2013, having joined ntl, Virgin Media’s predecessor, as Chief Operating Officer in September 2005. Before ntl he was Managing Director, Distribution, at Lloyds TSB plc (UK). His previous roles include Chief Operating Officer at Prudential Assurance Company Ltd UK, Head of Retail at St George Bank, Senior General Manager at the Australian division of Citibank Limited, Chief Executive at Eastwest Airlines Australia and Financial Controller at ICL Australia.


Jonathan HowellJonathan Howell

Independent non-executive director

Jonathan joined the Board on 15 May 2013 and became Chairman of the Audit Committee in November 2013. He is also Group Finance Director of Close Brothers Group plc, joining in February 2008 and previously held the same position at the London Stock Exchange Group plc since 1999. Jonathan has also been a non-executive director of EMAP plc and Chairman of FTSE International. The early part of his career was at Price Waterhouse where he qualified as a chartered accountant.


Drummond HallDrummond Hall

Independent non-executive director

Drummond joined the Board on 1st January 2014 and is a member of the Remuneration, Audit and Nomination Committees. He is currently the Senior Independent non-executive director of WH Smith plc. Previously Drummond was Chief Executive of Dairy Crest Group plc from 2002 to 2006, prior to which the majority of his career was spent with Procter and Gamble, Mars and PepsiCo. Drummond was a Non-executive Director of Mitchells & Butlers plc from July 2004 to January 2010 and Chairman from June 2008 to November 2009.


Inna KuznetsovaInna Kuznetsova

Independent non-executive director

Inna joined the Board on 6th March 2014 and is a member of the Remuneration, Audit and Nomination Committees. She is former Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Board member at CEVA Logistics, where she worked from 2012 until 2014. Prior to joining CEVA, Inna spent 19 years at IBM, where she held a number of different roles focusing on building and running strong organisations in sales, business development and marketing culminating as Vice-President, Marketing & Sales Enablement, IBM Systems Software and ISVs.


Date Document
25th September 2014 Matters Reserved for the Board (adopted September 2014)
23rd November 2006 Role of the Chairman and Chief Executive