FirstGroup appoints two to board
Jane Lodge was a senior audit partner with Deloitte, where she spent more than 25 years advising multinational companies including businesses in transport, leisure, consumer and technology sectors.
Since 2012 Ms. Lodge has served as a non-executive director and Audit Committee Chair at several UK public companies in a range of sectors.
Ms. Lodge is currently Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee Chair of Costain Group plc (Jane will step down from these roles after nine years in May 2021), a non-executive director and Audit Committee Chair of DCC plc and Bakkavor Group plc, and a non-executive director of Glanbia plc.
Previous roles include non-executive director of Sirius Minerals plc (2015-2020, when the company was acquired by Anglo American plc) and of Devro plc (2012-2020).
In addition to broad international experience in a range of sectors, Ms. Lodge brings substantial audit, risk and audit committee expertise to the Board.
On appointment Ms. Lodge will become Chair of the Audit Committee.
Peter Lynas was Group Finance Director of BAE Systems plc (and a director of BAE Systems, Inc.) from 2011 until his retirement in 2020, having previously served in increasingly senior financial and M&A roles since joining the company in 1999.
Mr. Lynas’ early career was spent at De La Rue Systems, which he joined as a trainee accountant, and then GEC Marconi from 1985 to 1999, where he became Finance Director of Marconi Electric Systems.
Mr. Lynas has been a non-executive director and Audit Committee Chair of SSE plc since 2014.
In addition to his strong strategic and financial background he brings to the Board extesive experience in heavily regulated industries with significant contractual relantionships with government. ■