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Renishaw Executive Board 2017

Sir David McMurtry

IR page bios - David McMurtry

Executive Chairman

Sir David McMurtry, CBE, RDI, FREng, FRS, CEng, FIMechE, Executive Chairman, was employed by Rolls-Royce plc, Bristol, for 17 years, latterly holding the positions of Deputy Chief Designer and Assistant Chief of Engine Design for all Rolls-Royce engines manufactured at Filton, Bristol. After inventing the original probe in the early 1970s, Sir David co-founded Renishaw in 1973 with John Deer.

His CBE was awarded “for services to Science and Technology” and he was appointed a Royal Designer for Industry (“RDI”) in 1989. He is a visiting professor of Huddersfield University and has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Engineering at the University of Birmingham and honorary degrees of Doctor of Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, the University of Bristol and the University of Bath. He has also been awarded an honorary fellowship at Cardiff University. Sir David is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the American Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and in 2011 became a Fellow of The Royal Society. The Institute of Physics jointly awarded its 2012 Swan Medal to Sir David and John Deer for their role in founding Renishaw and leading it to become one of the world's principal manufacturers of metrology equipment. In addition to his role as Executive Chairman, Sir David also has responsibility for Group technology and is the Chair of the Nomination Committee.

John Deer

IR page bios - John Deer

Deputy Chairman

John Deer, Deputy Chairman, trained as a mechanical engineer and worked for Rolls-Royce plc, Bristol, from 1960 to 1974. He was Managing Director of Renishaw from 1974 to 1989, primarily involved in the commercial direction of the Group, with particular emphasis on marketing and the establishment of the Group's wholly-owned subsidiaries in the USA, Ireland, Japan, Germany, France and Italy. John and Sir David McMurtry were members of the four-man team of Renishaw engineers honoured with the MacRobert Award in 1987. In 2012 John was awarded the Swan Medal by the Institute of Physics jointly with Sir David McMurtry for their role in founding Renishaw and leading it to become one of the world's principal manufacturers of metrology equipment. In September 2014 John was awarded an honorary fellowship at the University of South Wales for his contribution to UK manufacturing. In October 2014 John and Sir David were jointly honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Gloucestershire Business Awards. John is responsible for Group manufacturing and Group quality.

William Lee

IR page bios - William LeeChief Executive

William joined Renishaw in 1997 and became Director and General Manager for the laser and calibration products line in 2007. He holds a degree in physics from Oxford University and an MBA from Bath University. In 2014 William subsequently became Director and General Manager of the machine tool products line. In December 2015 William was appointed to the new role of Director of Group Sales and Marketing and became a member of the Executive Board. He was appointed to the Board of Renishaw plc in August 2016. William is responsible for Group sales and marketing and is chair of the overseas marketing subsidiaries.

In February 2018 William was appointed Chief Executive, taking over from Sir David McMurtry.

Allen Roberts

IR page bios - Allen RobertsGroup Finance Director and Company Secretary

Allen Roberts, FCA, Group Finance Director, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1972 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Before joining Renishaw in 1979, he was employed for 11 years by Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. He was appointed a director of Renishaw plc in 1980. Allen heads Group finance, business systems, human resources and Wotton Travel Ltd. He is also responsible for the metrology regulatory and quality assurance functions. Allen reports to the Board on corporate social responsibility matters.

Geoff McFarland

IR page bios - Geoff McFarlandGroup Engineering Director

Geoff McFarland, Group Engineering Director, has a degree in computer aided mechanical engineering from Heriot-Watt University, where he subsequently worked for several years as a research associate. He is a visiting professor at the University of Bath and an honorary professor at Heriot-Watt University. After working in the medical device and electronic manufacturing sectors, Geoff joined Renishaw's research facility in Edinburgh in 1994, before moving to the headquarters to become Director and General Manager of the CMM products line. Geoff was appointed to the Board of Renishaw plc in July 2002. He heads the Group engineering function and is also responsible for Group IP and patents, and the neurological product line.

Dave Wallace

IR page bios - Dave Wallace

Director and General Manager, CMM Products

Dave joined Renishaw in 1989 through Renishaw's sponsored student scheme. He has worked in various functions of the business including a one-year secondment at Renishaw's German subsidiary, before being appointed Director and General Manager for the CMM products line in 2002. Dave was appointed to the Executive Board in 2008.

Leo Somerville

IR page bios - Leo SomervillePresident, Renishaw North America

Leo Joined Renishaw in 1984. He initially served as Business Manager for machine tool probing and calibration products at Renishaw, Inc. Leo later became President of Renishaw, Inc. in 1993, and was appointed to the Executive Board in 2004. He was appointed as a member of the International Sales and Marketing Board in 2008. Leo became President, Renishaw North America upon a reorganisation of the regional management in 2016.

Gareth Hankins

Director, Group Manufacturing Services Division

Gareth Hankins, FIET, joined Renishaw in August 1988 as an apprentice, and was appointed to the role of Director, Group Manufacturing Services Division in 2006. He was educated at Cardiff University where he studied Manufacturing Systems and Manufacturing Management. Gareth undertook various roles in engineering, production and operations management prior to being appointed to his current position. His responsibilities include manufacturing operations, procurement and facilities management within the UK. Gareth was appointed Director of Renishaw Ireland DAC in 2011, and a Managing Director of itp GmbH in 2018. In 2013 he was appointed as an Honorary Visiting Professor at Cardiff University School of Engineering, and was awarded The Institute of Engineering and Technology's Viscount Nuffield Silver Medal for manufacturing in 2017. Gareth was appointed to the Executive Board in February 2018.

Mark Moloney

Director and General Manager, Renishaw (Ireland) DAC

Mark joined Renishaw in 1988 at its manufacturing plant in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to this he attended Dublin City University and worked in a production and inventory planning management role in a large scale multinational company, both in Ireland and the US, where he also developed bespoke MRP/ERP systems for manufacturing. His primary responsibilities over the last 30 years has been to increase our manufacturing capabilities and resources in Ireland, which manufactures a large amount of Renishaw's products, and to establish, direct and expand our manufacturing facilities in Pune, India, as well as oversee the manufacture of our neuromate robot in France. Mark is the Director and General Manager of Renishaw Ireland DAC and a Director of Renishaw Metrology Systems Ltd in Pune, India. He was appointed to the Executive Board in February 2018.