As well as being senior independent non-executive Director, Simon Batey chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of both the Remuneration and Nominations Committees. In these roles, Mr Batey draws on over twenty years’ experience in a number of senior finance roles in industry.
Between 2000 and 2006, Mr Batey was Group Finance Director of United Utilities plc and, from 2006 until 2007, he was Chief Financial Officer of Thames Water Utilities Limited. From 1987 to 2000, he worked for AMEC plc, initially as Deputy Group Finance Director and then, from 1992, as Group Finance Director. Mr Batey has been a non-executive Director of Blackrock New Energy Investment Trust plc since 2010. He was a non-executive Director of Arriva plc from 2003 to 2010 and was a member of the Postal Services Commission, responsible for the regulation of the UK postal services sector from 2010 until 2011. Mr Batey has also served as a non-executive Director of THUS Group plc.
Mr Batey has an MA in Geography from Oxford University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant, having spent the first twelve years of his career at Armitage and Norton (now part of KPMG), latterly as a Partner of the firm