Paul Walker

Paul Walker (60) Non-executive director.

Appointed to the Board on 1 June 2010.

Key/other roles: Paul is the non-executive Chairman of Perform Group Ltd and Halma plc. He is Chair of the Newcastle Science City Partnership, and a director of Sophos Group plc. He is also a non-executive director of Ashtead Group plc. 

Skills and experience: Paul spent 16 years as chief executive officer of The Sage Group plc, giving him a great understanding of the challenges of running a global business. He is an economics graduate and qualified accountant, with a strong financial background and high-level non-executive experience, which adds to the Board’s strength. Paul’s roles at Sage included Chief Executive Officer, Finance Director and Financial Controller. He has also been non-executive Chairmanof WANdisco plc, and a non-executive director at Diageo plc and MyTravel Group plc.