Board of Directors
Board of directors
Derek MappChairman and Independent Non-Executive Director
Derek Mapp was appointed to the Huntsworth Board as Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 December 2014. In March 2017 Derek won the Non-Executive Director of the year award 2017 for quoted companies for his work as Chairman of Huntsworth. He is Chairman of Informa plc, Chairman-elect of Mitie Group plc, non-executive Chairman of Salmon Developments Limited, the Executive Chairman of Imagesound Limited, non-executive Chairman of 3aaa Limited and non-executive Chairman of Embrace Limited. Derek has an historical career as founder of Tom Cobleigh pub chain and Leapfrog Day Nurseries. He also has a number of private business interests.
Paul TaaffeChief Executive Officer
Paul Taaffe was appointed as CEO of Huntsworth on 7 April 2015. Paul has wide experience in communications and marketing, most recently as the Director of Communications at Groupon, the international e-commerce company. Prior to that, he enjoyed a 20 year career with Hill & Knowlton Inc, the global communications consultancy and subsidiary of WPP plc, including nine years as its Chairman and CEO. Throughout this time he advised many Blue Chip and international clients across all geographies and services.
Neil JonesChief Financial Officer
Neil was appointed as Huntsworth’s CFO in February 2016, having held senior financial positions in the exhibitions industry for over 15 years, the majority of which in public companies. Most recently he was CFO of ITE Group plc which specializes in organising trade exhibitions and conferences in the emerging markets with significant operations in Russia and the former CIS. Prior to that he was Group Finance Director of Tarsus Group plc, another international trade exhibition organiser. Neil is also a non-executive Director of Taptica International, an AIM listed Ad-Tech business. Neil is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, qualifying with Price Waterhouse in 1990.
Andy BolandIndependent Non-Executive Director
Andy Boland was appointed to the Huntsworth Board as Independent Non-Executive Director on 11 August 2014, and is a member of the Audit Committee and Nomination Committee. Andy previously served as Audit Committee Chair up until 22 March 2017. Andy is the Chief Executive Officer of Addison Lee Limited, a private equity owned private vehicle hire business, where he was previously Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Addison Lee in 2015, Andy served as the Chief Financial Officer of AA plc for six years. He spent the earlier part of his career in the marketing services industry and was Group Finance Director at Taylor Nelson Sofres plc, a FTSE 250 market research company, from 2004 to 2008. During his time at Taylor Nelson Sofres, he helped integrate acquisitions, strengthened the financial control environment and was responsible for all external reporting and investor relations activities. Andy qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995 and as an Associate Corporate Treasurer in 1998.
Tim RyanIndependent Non-Executive Director
Tim Ryan was appointed to the Huntsworth Board as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 January 2015, and is a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees. Tim is a former United Nations diplomat with 25 years’ experience in international communications. He is currently chairman of Consulum which provides strategic counsel on a global basis to heads of state, international organisations and corporations as well as high-profile individuals. Prior to founding Consulum, Tim was chairman of Bell Pottinger International from 2002 to 2012 where he was responsible for the company’s global practice. He was previously chairman of Eidos PLC, one of the UK’s major entertainment publishers.
Nicky DulieuIndependent Non-Executive Director
Nicky Dulieu was appointed to the Huntsworth Board as Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 January 2015, and is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Audit Committee. Nicky trained as an accountant with Marks & Spencer plc and undertook numerous strategic and financial roles in the company over a 23 year period, including Finance Director of the Food Division from 2004 to 2005. From 2006 to 2008, Nicky was Finance Director/Chief Operating Officer at Hobbs Limited and was Chief Executive between 2008 and 2014. She is a Non-Executive Director of Adnams plc and Chair of Notcutts Group Limited.
Pat BillinghamIndependent Non-Executive Director
Pat was appointed to the Huntsworth Board as Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 December 2015, and, with effect from 22 March 2017, has been appointed as Chair of the Audit Committee. Pat is also a member of the Remuneration Committee. Pat was a tax partner at Ernst & Young, the multinational professional services firm from 1995 to 2012. Whilst at Ernst & Young Pat obtained broad experience in various sectors and also performed a range of executive duties within the firm. Pat currently holds non-executive directorships with Aldwyck Housing Group, where she is Group Chair, RenaissanceRe Syndicate Management Limited, and Exemplas Limited.
Martin MorrowCompany Secretary
Martin Morrow was appointed as Huntsworth’s Company Secretary on 14 December 2012. He initially joined the Company as Group Tax Director in early 2008. Martin spent the early part of his career in professional services firms, including Deloitte & Touche, starting in general practice before focusing on corporate taxation. From 2002 to 2008 he worked in industry within the head office tax department of Compass Group plc, the multinational FTSE 100 food and support services provider. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994 and as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in 1998.