Stephen Rowlinson*, Chairman, aged 74
Stephen Rowlinson's early career included advertising in the USA, manufacturing in the UK and management consultancy with McKinsey in London and Amsterdam. In the 1980's he entered the human resource sector as Chief Executive of Korn Ferry's UK operation. In 1989 he became Chief Executive of Sanders & Sidney plc which was renamed Penna Plc in 1991. In 1992 he left Penna to found his own company and made a series of acquisitions to create Bartlett Scott Edgar, which became one of the UK's leading recruitment and recruitment advertising businesses and was sold in 2001 to a major international group. Stephen rejoined the Penna Board in December 2004 and became Chairman in February 2005.
Gary Browning, Chief Executive, aged 53
Gary Browning joined Penna in 2002. He was appointed Director of Operations in 2004 and joined the Board in February 2005. Gary’s earlier career included 12 years with the WPP Group where, from 1997 to 2002, he was Managing Director of BDG McColl Ltd. Gary is a Chartered Accountant and qualified with KPMG having studied for his degree at Warwick University.
David S P Firth, FCA, Finance Director, aged 54
David Firth joined the Board of the Company in September 1999. Previously he was Finance Director of Parity Plc. David is a Chartered Accountant and qualified with KPMG having studied for his degree at Bristol University.
Graham Paton*+, Non-Executive Director, aged 45
Graham has considerable experience within the human resources sector. He is Chief Operating Officer of Stephens Europe Limited and was a co-founder and a Managing Director at the independent corporate finance advisory firm Hawkpoint Partners Limited. He joined the Board of the Company in November 2012.
Leslie Jane Ferrar*+, CVO FCA BSc, Non-Executive Director, aged 58
Leslie has extensive experience within the professional services sector having been a partner in KPMG's Human Capital Tax Practice for 17 years before becoming Treasurer to TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in 2005. Current positions include Audit Committee of HMRC, Director of Breakthrough Breast Cancer and a non-executive director of Secure Income REIT Plc. She joined the Board of the Company in January 2013.
Julie Towers, Executive Director, aged 48
Julie was appointed to the Board in January 2014 having joined Penna in 2011 from Tribal Resourcing Ltd where she was Chief Executive for 8 years. Prior to this she was Managing Director at Euro RSCG Riley (now Havas People) having been there for 17 years in a range of senior management roles throughout the UK and Europe. Julie started her career in HR at Nottinghamshire County Council.
Bev White, Executive Director, aged 55
Bev was appointed to the Board in January 2014 having joined Penna in 2002. Her earlier career included 7 years as CIO of NtL and prior to that as Director I.T. for Schlumberger. Bev is Chair of the Career Star Group and President of the UK and European Association of Career Firms.
* Member of the Remuneration Committee
+ Member of the Audit Committee