Board of Directors

Paul Walker Non-executive Chairman

Location UK

Paul Walker

Paul was appointed non-executive Chairman of Halma in July 2013, having been appointed to the Board in April 2013. Paul is non-executive Chairman of Perform Group plc and a non-executive director of Experian plc and Sophos Group plc. He was CEO at the Sage Group plc from 1994 to 2010 and has previously served on the boards of Diageo plc and Mytravel Group plc. Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, having graduated from York University with an economics degree.

Andrew Williams Chief Executive

Location UK

Andrew Williams

Andrew was appointed Chief Executive of Halma plc in February 2005. He was promoted to Director of the Halma plc Board in 2004. Andrew joined the Halma Executive Board in 2002 as Divisional Chief Executive after joining Halma in 1994 as Manufacturing Director of Reten Acoustics (now HWM-Water), where he became Managing Director in 1997. He is a Chartered Engineer and a production engineering graduate of Birmingham University. He attended the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School in 2004. Andrew is a non-executive director of Capita plc.

Kevin Thompson Finance Director

Location UK

Kevin Thompson

Kevin was appointed to the Halma plc Board in 1998. He became Group Finance Director in 1997 after joining the Halma Executive Board as Finance Director in 1995. Kevin joined Halma as Group Financial Controller in 1987. Kevin qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse and is an economics and accounting graduate of Bristol University. He attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2007.

Adam Meyers Sector Chief Executive, Medical

Location USA

Adam Meyers

Adam joined the Halma plc Board in April 2008 and is Chief Executive of the Medical sector. He became a member of the Halma Executive Board in 2003 as Divisional Chief Executive, having joined Halma in 1996 as President of Bio-Chem Valve. Adam gained his MBA from Harvard Business School and is a systems engineering graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Ward Group Talent & Communications Director

Location UK

Jennifer Ward

Jennifer joined the Halma plc Board in September 2016. She became a member of the Halma Executive Board following her appointment as Group Talent Director in March 2014. Prior to joining Halma, Jennifer spent over 15 years leading HR, Talent and Organisational Development for divisions of PayPal (an eBay company), Bank of America and Honeywell. She has a Master’s degree from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University.

Daniela Barone Soares Non-executive Director

Location UK

Daniella Barone Soares

Daniela was appointed a non-executive Director of Halma in November 2011. In September 2014, Daniela was appointed as non-executive Director of Brazil-based holding company Evora S.A. She was previously Chief Executive of Impetus – the Private Equity Foundation and she has held senior roles at Save the Children, BancBoston Capital, Goldman Sachs and Citibank. Daniela has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSc in economics from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil.

Carole Cran Non-executive Director

Location UK

Carole Cran

Carole Cran was appointed a non-executive Director of Halma in January 2016. She is Chief Financial Officer at Aggreko plc having held a number of senior financial roles since joining Aggreko in 2004. Previously Carole spent seven years at BAE Systems, in a range of senior financial positions, including four years in Australia. Carole qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and has a degree in Accountancy from the University of Aberdeen.

Jo Harlow Non-executive Director

Location UK

Jo Harlow

Jo was appointed a non-executive Director of Halma in October 2016. She is a non-executive director at InterContinental Hotels Group and a member of the Supervisory Board of CECONOMY AG. Jo has global executive experience in consumer electronics with responsibilities including strategy, innovation, product development and marketing. This international experience was gained most recently at Microsoft and previously at Nokia. Before her move into consumer electronics, Jo worked on strategic marketing at Reebok and Procter & Gamble. Jo has a BSc in Psychology from Duke University.

Tony Rice Senior Independent Director

Location UK

Tony Rice

Tony was appointed a non-executive Director of Halma in August 2014. He is non-executive chairman of Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC and was formerly the senior independent director and remuneration committee chairman of Spirit Pub Company plc. Earlier in his career, Tony was chief executive officer of Cable & Wireless Communications plc, CEO of Tunstall Plc and held a number of senior roles in BAE Systems plc (including British Aerospace). Tony has a BA in Business Studies from City of London College, an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and is a member of both the Association of Corporate Treasurers and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Roy Twite Non-executive Director

Location UK

Roy Twite

Roy was appointed a non-executive Director of Halma in July 2014. He is an executive director at IMI plc, having been appointed to the plc board in February 2007. During his career with IMI, Roy has led all of the divisions including Severe Service (2011), Fluid Power (2009), Beverage and Merchandising (2007) and Indoor Climate (2004). Roy has a BEng in Engineering from Nottingham University and gained his Masters in Manufacturing Business Leadership from Cambridge University in 1998.

Carol Chesney Company Secretary

Location UK

Carol Chesney

Carol was appointed Company Secretary of Halma plc in 1998. She joined Halma in 1995 as Group Finance Manager having spent three years with English China Clays plc. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen and is a mathematics graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Virginia. Carol is a non-executive director of Renishaw plc where she chairs the Audit Committee.

Committee membership


Audit Nomination Remuneration
Paul Walker
Andrew Williams
Kevin Thompson
Adam Meyers
Jennifer Ward
Daniela Barone Soares
Roy Twite
Tony Rice
Carole Cran 1
Jo Harlow 2 2 2

 Chairman   Member

1. Appointed Chairman following Jane Aikman's retirement from the Board in in July 2016.

2. Jo Harlow was appointed as a non-executive Director on 3 October 2016.