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The Board of Directors currently comprises the Chairman, three independent Non-Executive Directors and two Executive Directors all supported by the Company Secretary.

Stuart Paterson
Chairman

Stuart Paterson joined the Board on 1 January 2013 as a non-executive director, becoming Chairman on 29 September 2017. He is a Chartered Accountant and was Chief Financial Officer at Forth Ports Limited until he retired in January 2018. He joined Forth Ports in March 2011 when it was listed on the London Stock Exchange and the company was subsequently acquired by Arcus Infrastructure Partners in 2011.

Prior to this role, Stuart was Chief Financial Officer of Johnston Press PLC from 2001 to 2010 and previously worked in senior financial management roles at Motorola Corporation, and as Group Finance Director and then Managing Director Europe for Aggreko PLC. Stuart joined Angels Trains Group Limited as a non-executive Director in September 2018, and chairs the Audit & Risk Committee.  He is also a trustee of the Royal Yacht Britannia and a member of their Audit, Risk and Remuneration Committees. He also served as a non-executive Director with Devro PLC from 2006 to 2012, chairing the Audit Committee. He was chair of the Macfarlane Group Audit Committee until 8 January 2018 and also chairs the Nominations Committee, and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Ivor Gray
Group Finance Director

Ivor is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and has been with the Group since 1996. He was appointed Finance Director on 1 January 2021.  Ivor was with KPMG for six years before joining Macfarlane Group in 1996.

Bob McLellan
Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Bob joined the Board on 5 March 2013. Bob was Chief Executive of DS Smith Packaging UK until 2011, latterly as Deputy CEO Packaging (UK and Continental Europe).

He has spent many years working in the packaging sector and has held leading roles in both the UK and Continental European industry employer associations. He is currently Chairman of the Logson Group and a non-executive director of Swanline Print Limited. Bob chaired the Remuneration Committee until 31 August 2018 when he was appointed as the Group’s Senior Independent Director. He is a member of the Nominations, Remuneration and Audit Committees.

Peter Atkinson
Chief Executive

Peter joined Macfarlane Group as Chief Executive on 6 October 2003. He has a strong sales and marketing background through his career at Procter & Gamble and S.C. Johnson.

Peter also has significant general management experience gained during his time at GKN PLC and its joint venture partners where he worked from 1988 to 2001 in a number of senior executive roles in their business-to-business operations.

He has a successful track record of both business turnarounds and business development with extensive exposure to international business, having worked in the UK, Europe and the USA.

James Macdonald
Company Secretary

James is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and joined the Group in 2020. He was appointed Company Secretary on 1 January 2021. James previously worked at The Weir Group PLC and PwC.

James Baird
Non-Executive Director

James joined the Board on 8 January 2018. James previously led the Scotland and Northern Ireland business of Deloitte, the global accountancy firm, before becoming Managing Partner of its Audit & Risk Advisory division and Chief Operating Officer, both in Switzerland. An experienced auditor and advisor who has worked with companies in the UK and Europe across a range of industries, he is currently an Honorary Professor at Glasgow University’s Adam Smith Business School and a member of the Strategy and Research Advisory Group of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. James was appointed as chair of the Audit Committee on his appointment on 8 January 2018 and is a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees.

Aleen Gulvanessian
Non-Executive Director
Stuart Paterson
Chairman

Stuart Paterson joined the Board on 1 January 2013 as a non-executive director, becoming Chairman on 29 September 2017. He is a Chartered Accountant and was Chief Financial Officer at Forth Ports Limited until he retired in January 2018. He joined Forth Ports in March 2011 when it was listed on the London Stock Exchange and the company was subsequently acquired by Arcus Infrastructure Partners in 2011.

Prior to this role, Stuart was Chief Financial Officer of Johnston Press PLC from 2001 to 2010 and previously worked in senior financial management roles at Motorola Corporation, and as Group Finance Director and then Managing Director Europe for Aggreko PLC. Stuart joined Angels Trains Group Limited as a non-executive Director in September 2018, and chairs the Audit & Risk Committee.  He is also a trustee of the Royal Yacht Britannia and a member of their Audit, Risk and Remuneration Committees. He also served as a non-executive Director with Devro PLC from 2006 to 2012, chairing the Audit Committee. He was chair of the Macfarlane Group Audit Committee until 8 January 2018 and also chairs the Nominations Committee, and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Peter Atkinson
Chief Executive

Peter joined Macfarlane Group as Chief Executive on 6 October 2003. He has a strong sales and marketing background through his career at Procter & Gamble and S.C. Johnson.

Peter also has significant general management experience gained during his time at GKN PLC and its joint venture partners where he worked from 1988 to 2001 in a number of senior executive roles in their business-to-business operations.

He has a successful track record of both business turnarounds and business development with extensive exposure to international business, having worked in the UK, Europe and the USA.

Ivor Gray
Group Finance Director

Ivor is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and has been with the Group since 1996. He was appointed Finance Director on 1 January 2021.  Ivor was with KPMG for six years before joining Macfarlane Group in 1996.

James Macdonald
Company Secretary

James is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and joined the Group in 2020. He was appointed Company Secretary on 1 January 2021. James previously worked at The Weir Group PLC and PwC.

Bob McLellan
Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Bob joined the Board on 5 March 2013. Bob was Chief Executive of DS Smith Packaging UK until 2011, latterly as Deputy CEO Packaging (UK and Continental Europe).

He has spent many years working in the packaging sector and has held leading roles in both the UK and Continental European industry employer associations. He is currently Chairman of the Logson Group and a non-executive director of Swanline Print Limited. Bob chaired the Remuneration Committee until 31 August 2018 when he was appointed as the Group’s Senior Independent Director. He is a member of the Nominations, Remuneration and Audit Committees.

James Baird
Non-Executive Director

James joined the Board on 8 January 2018. James previously led the Scotland and Northern Ireland business of Deloitte, the global accountancy firm, before becoming Managing Partner of its Audit & Risk Advisory division and Chief Operating Officer, both in Switzerland. An experienced auditor and advisor who has worked with companies in the UK and Europe across a range of industries, he is currently an Honorary Professor at Glasgow University’s Adam Smith Business School and a member of the Strategy and Research Advisory Group of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. James was appointed as chair of the Audit Committee on his appointment on 8 January 2018 and is a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees.

Aleen Gulvanessian
Non-Executive Director

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