Capita has appointed two employees as non-executive directors, becoming the first FTSE 250 company since the late 1980s to appoint employees to its board. Lyndsay Browne and Joseph Murphy will join the board as employee directors with effect from 1 July 2019, with an initial appointment period of three and two years, respectively.
Lyndsay is a chartered accountant and has been at Capita since 2003. She is currently a finance manager in Insurance Services, where she is responsible for four separate contracts and works closely with the operations directors.
Joseph is a chartered civil engineer and joined the company in 2015. He is a project manager in Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure where he carries out technical due diligence and advises on infrastructure projects.
In their new non-executive roles, they will provide an employee’s perspective and expertise, and input into strategic decision-making with the same level of authority as other directors. Lyndsay and Joseph will both continue in their current day-to-day roles, with time allowances made for them to be able to fulfil their employee director responsibilities. They will receive the same remuneration as other non-executive directors and provided with a full programme of training to equip them for their new roles.
Their appointment follows an extensive recruitment process across Capita’s staff; all employees with two years’ continuous service were eligible for the roles – and almost 400 people applied. The Capita board currently comprises eight directors – the chairman, chief executive officer, chief financial officer and five independent non-executive directors.
Sir Ian Powell, Chairman, Capita comments “I am delighted to welcome Lyndsay and Joseph to the board and proud that Capita is the first FTSE 250 company in many years to make such appointments. We are determined that the employee’s perspective and increased diversity of thought are represented at board level. Lyndsay and Joseph bring very different skills, experience and insights. I have no doubt they will prove strong members of the board.”
Joseph Murphy, Associate – Transaction Advisory Services, says “I was delighted when the Chairman, Sir Ian Powell, informed me that I had been successful. The process involved written responses and three rounds of challenging interviews probing why I had applied and the attributes I would bring to the board. I was motivated to apply because it offers a genuine opportunity to present my perspective as an employee to the board. This change is one of many throughout Capita which the new leadership has implemented and to me shows their commitment to the transformation. I’m very appreciative of my team and my time in the Infrastructure business, during which I have continued to development.”
Graham Sant, Managing Director – Infrastructure, comments “Many, many congratulations to Joseph and what is a momentous achievement, we are all very, very proud and privileged to have you as a member of the Infrastructure business residing on the Capita board, very well done indeed!”
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