Board

FARIYAL KHANBABI
Group Chief Executive
CLIVE JENNINGS
Chief Financial Officer
DAVID THOMAS
Interim Chair
GAËLLE HOTELLIER
Interim Senior Independent Director and Workforce Engagement NED
DAVID BLOOD
Non-Executive Director
GOTTHARD HAUG
Non-Executive Director
NIGEL LINGWOOD
Non-Executive Director
FARIYAL KHANBABI
Group Chief Executive
FARIYAL KHANBABI
Appointed:

8 September 2014.

Board Committees:

None.

Experience:

From 2009 until joining Dialight in September 2014 Fariyal was Chief Financial Officer at Blue Ocean Group, an independent privately-owned £4bn revenue fuel trading and distribution business. She has over ten years’ experience in senior financial positions, including roles at NYSE and Nasdaq-listed companies.

Fariyal was appointed as Group Finance Director on 8 September 2014, and on 10 August 2019, she was appointed as Dialight’s Interim Chief Executive Officer. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 5 March 2020.

Current External Appointments:

None.

CLIVE JENNINGS
Chief Financial Officer
CLIVE JENNINGS
Appointed:

4 May 2021 as Interim CFO. Appointed as CFO and executive director 18 January 2022.

Board Committees:

None.

Experience:

Clive has over 25 years of finance experience in large listed multinationals in the gaming, entertainment, hospitality and consumer goods manufacturing sectors, most recently as CFO of The Rank Group PLC and as interim CFO at McBride plc. Over his 19 years in the Rank Group, he held a number of senior global and divisional finance roles, becoming CFO in July 2011.

Prior to the Rank Group, Clive’s career has included senior finance roles, working for Lex Service PLC and Forte PLC.  Clive has a BSc in Business Economics from Southampton University and is a qualified chartered accountant.

DAVID THOMAS
Interim Chair
DAVID THOMAS
Appointed:

26 April 2016. Interim Chair effective 1 January 2023.

Board Committees:

Nominations (Chair), Remuneration. Audit Committee (attendee only).

Experience:

David was Chief Financial Officer at Invensys plc from 2011 until his retirement in 2014, having held senior roles across the business since 2002. Prior to joining Invensys, he was a Senior Partner in Ernst & Young LLP, specialising in long-term industrial contracting businesses, and is a former member of the Auditing Practices Board.

Current External Appointments:

Non-executive director and chair of the Audit Committee of Victrex plc.

GAËLLE HOTELLIER
Interim Senior Independent Director and Workforce Engagement NED
GAËLLE HOTELLIER
Appointed:

3 October 2016. Appointed Workforce Engagement Non-Executive Director on 10 September 2021. Appointed interim Senior Independent Director on 12 January 2023.

Board Committees:

Audit, Nominations and Remuneration (Chair).

Experience:

Gaëlle is currently Chief Operating Officer of the Krohne Group, which she joined in 2022. Before that, she worked for the Siemens group from 2002 to 2021, during which time she has held various senior management roles, most recently in charge of Global Operations for the Generation Service unit within Siemens Energy AG. Between 2013 and 2015, Gaëlle was an Executive Board member of the EU’s Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership with the European Commission. She is also a former Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Siemens Industriegetriebe GmbH in Penig and was a Member of the Advisory Board of Berthold Vollers GmbH.

Current External Appointments:

COO of the Krohne Group.

DAVID BLOOD
Non-Executive Director
DAVID BLOOD
Appointed:

Appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 1 July 2015, and subsequently as Chairman on 5 August 2019. Resigned as Chairman effective 10 September 2021.

Board Committees:

Nominations.

Experience:

David Blood is a Founding Partner and Senior Partner of Generation Investment Management.  He also serves as Chairperson of Just Climate. Previously, David spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs including serving as CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. David received a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Current External Appointments:

David is chairperson of Social Finance UK and co-chair of the World Resources Institute, and on the board of On the Edge Conservation. David is also a life trustee of Hamilton College.

GOTTHARD HAUG
Non-Executive Director
GOTTHARD HAUG
Appointed:

1 April 2020.

Board Committees:

Nominations, Audit, Remuneration.

Experience:

Among his many senior roles in the manufacturing industry, Gotthard was previously CEO and CFO of Teleplan International, a non-executive director of Psion, and he was also the Chairman of Ultratec Ltd. He was the Executive Chairman of Ivy Technology, a leading global electronics repair and service provider to many of the world’s largest tech, med-tech and telecommunications companies. Gotthard holds a MBA and a BA from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München.

Current External Appointments:

Gotthard is a Partner of ‘taskforce – Management on Demand GmbH’, an Advisory Board Member of iGlobe Partners and an Independent Consultant and Interim Executive of Minerva Management Partners.

NIGEL LINGWOOD
Non-Executive Director
NIGEL LINGWOOD
Appointed:

1 November 2022.

Board Committees:

Audit (Chair), Nominations, and Remuneration

Experience:

Between 2001 and 2021, Nigel was group finance director and board director at Diploma PLC, the international group of businesses supplying specialised technical products and services. He brings extensive, relevant and recent financial and accounting expertise together with international public company experience.

Current External Appointments:

Nigel is a non-executive director and chair of the audit committee of Volution Group plc, a leading international designer and manufacturer of energy efficient indoor air quality solutions.