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Renishaw Executive Board 2016

Sir David McMurtry

IR page bios - David McMurtry

Chairman and Chief Executive

Sir David McMurtry, CBE, RDI, FREng, FRS, CEng, FIMechE, Chairman and Chief Executive, 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 Chairman and Chief Executive, 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, and is chairman of the overseas marketing subsidiaries.

Allen Roberts

IR page bios - Allen RobertsGroup Finance Director

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 and Wotton Travel Ltd. He is also responsible for both metrology and healthcare regulatory and quality assurance functions, and human resources. 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.

William Lee

IR page bios - William LeeGroup Sales and Marketing Director

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 and is responsible for Group sales and marketing.

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.

Dave Wallace

IR page bios - Dave Wallace

Director and General Manager, CMM and Styli and Fixturing 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.

Norma Tang

IR page bios - Norma TangGeneral Counsel and Company Secretary

Norma qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and since then has specialised in company and commercial legal matters, advising business clients and as in-house counsel. Prior to joining Renishaw in 2001, Norma was a member of the corporate legal team at Nationwide Building Society for 7 years. Norma heads the legal and company secretariat function, advising the Board on legal compliance and governance matters.