Geoff Drabble was appointed as chief executive in January 2007, having served as chief executive designate from October 2006 and as a non-executive director since April 2005. Geoff was previously an executive director of The Laird Group plc where he was responsible for its Building Products division. Prior to joining The Laird Group, he held a number of senior management positions at Black & Decker. He is a non-executive director of Howden Joinery Group Plc. Geoff is chairman of the Finance and Administration Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.