Leslie Van de Walle
Leslie is a Non-executive Director and Senior Independent Director of DCC plc. He was formerly Non-executive Chairman of SIG plc, Chief Executive Officer of Rexam plc, Executive Vice President of Global Retail, a division of Royal Dutch Shell plc and a Non-Executive Director of Aegis Group plc and Aviva plc. He also previously held a number of senior management positions with Cadbury Schweppes plc and United Biscuits Limited.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
After three years at Touche Ross & Co. Robert Walters joined the recruitment firm Michael Page as one of its very first employees. Following an eight year period which included setting up the New York office, he returned to London and established his own recruitment business in 1985, specialising in middle management professional positions. Since then the company has grown, largely organically, into different sectors and a variety of regional and international locations. Robert Walters Plc is quoted on the London Stock Exchange and currently has a global presence spanning 28 countries.
After working in recruitment for Accountancy Selection Limited and Badenoch & Clark Limited, Giles joined the Group in 1988. From 1990 to 1994 he was based in Amsterdam and was responsible for the Group's Dutch and Belgian operations. Giles was appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer in 1999, and was appointed to the Board of Robert Walters plc in July 2000. In January 2016 Giles was appointed Deputy CEO.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte & Touche, Alan was Commercial Manager of Primecom and then Financial Director of Foresight, both subsidiaries of Primedia, a listed South African Media Group. Alan joined Robert Walters as Group Financial Controller in September 2002 and was appointed to the Board of Robert Walters plc as Chief Financial Officer in March 2007. In February 2017 he was appointed as a Non-executive Director of Xafinity plc.
Carol is the Chief of Staff and General Counsel of Heathrow Airport. She is a senior executive with extensive corporate, commercial and board experience in the transport, oil and gas, and infrastructure services sectors. Carol is a qualified lawyer, originally from Slaughter and May. She has received numerous business and legal awards, including from the International Law Office, the Financial Times, the Mulan Foundation, The Lawyer and the Legal 500. She has recently won a Chinese Business Leaders Award from Sinopro and PwC and a World’s Leading General Counsel Award for 2017-2018.
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CHAIR OF THE AUDIT COMITTEE
Brian has been Chief Financial Officer at Paysafe Group plc since 1 January 2015. He led Paysafe’s move from AIM to a FTSE 250 listing on the London Stock Exchange Main Market in December 2016. In 2017 Paysafe was then acquired by CVC and Blackstone for $4.8 billion and Brian has been asked to remain on the Board as CFO. Prior to that, he delivered a transformational €1.2bn acquisition of a major competitor, including a £460 million fully-funded rights issue and a €500 million debt raise. Prior to joining Paysafe, Brian was Group Finance Director at Telecity Group plc where he led the IPO of the business in 2007 and raised £400 million in senior debt facilities with major UK institutions. Brian was chosen as Business Week’s Finance Director of the Year in 2017 and 2013 and ICAEW’s FTSE 250 Finance Director of the Year in 2012. Also a restructuring specialist, Brian was the Interim CFO on the successful turnaround of MCI Worldcom EMEA. Brian holds a law degree and qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London.
Tanith Dodge is an HR executive with a strong consumer background in international organisations. She is currently Group Human Resources Director at Value Retail, joining in May 2016 from Marks & Spencer Group plc where she ran global HR for 80,000 employees in 53 countries. Before joining M&S, Tanith was Group Human Resources Director at WH Smith, where she also held responsibility for Public Relations, Communications and Post Office Operations. Prior to this, she was Senior Vice President Human Resources for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), at InterContinental Hotels Group. Tanith has also held senior HR roles at Diageo Plc and Prudential Corporation Plc. Tanith is a Non-executive Director of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.