Our Board

We have six Directors on our Board, which is
led by Bill Halbert, our Executive Chairman

1. Bill Halbert

Executive Chairman

Term of office

Bill Halbert was appointed Executive Chairman of the KCOM Group in July 2009 having joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in September 2006.

Responsibilities

As Chairman, Bill is responsible for leading the Board. He also has overall executive responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Group.

Previous experience

He has worked in the information technology industry for over 40 years and has a wealth of experience and strategic insight. He founded and for 13 years was CEO of Syntegra, BT’s global consultancy and systems integration subsidiary.

External appointments

Bill’s other directorships include Excelsys Ltd, Jade Communications Ltd and Tacit Connexions Ltd.

Bill is aged 64.

2. Paul Simpson

Chief Financial Officer

Term of office

Paul Simpson was appointed Chief Financial Officer in May 2004, having joined the Group in 2000.

Responsibilities

In addition to his Group-wide finance responsibilities, Paul has responsibility for the management of the Group’s Kcom and Smart421 brands and our relationship with BT.

Previous experience

Paul is a graduate in Economics and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse.

External appointments

None

Paul is aged 43.

3. Graham Holden

Non-Executive Director

Term of office

Graham Holden joined the Board in November 2007.

Board Committees

Remuneration (Chairman), Audit and Nomination.

Previous experience

Graham is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Programme. He is the Chairman of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Advisory Board of Business in the Community and was appointed as the 2010 Prince’s Ambassador to the region.

External appointments

He is Chief Executive of Marshalls PLC, having been with the Company for 23 years, serving as Group Financial Director from 1992 until 2001. He also serves on the Boards of the Construction Products Association and the Mineral Products Association.

Graham is aged 52.

4. Tony Illsley

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Term of office

Tony Illsley joined the Board in June 2009.

Board Committees

Nomination (Chairman), Audit and Remuneration.

Previous experience

Tony has held a variety of senior business positions including Chief Executive Officer of Telewest Communications PLC and President of Pepsi Cola Asia Pacific.

External appointments

He is currently Chairman of Plastic Logic Ltd and Datalase Ltd and is a Non-Executive Director of Sepura PLC, Camelot Global Services Limited and Camelot UK Lotteries Limited.

Tony is aged 55.

5. Martin Towers

Non-Executive Director

Term of office

Martin Towers joined the Board in June 2009.

Board Committees

Audit (Chairman), Nomination and Remuneration.

Previous experience

Martin is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has held a number of senior finance roles including Group Finance Director at Kelda Group PLC, Allied Textile Group PLC and the Spring Ram Corporation PLC.

External appointments

He is currently Non-Executive Director of RPC Group PLC, Lupus Capital PLC and Norcros plc.

Martin is aged 59.

6. Kevin Walsh

Executive Director

Term of office

Kevin Walsh joined the KCOM Group in 2000 and the Group’s Board in May 2004.

Responsibilities

Kevin has responsibility for the management of the Group’s KC and Eclipse brands.

Previous experience

Prior to joining the KCOM Group, Kevin was Managing Director of a new media start-up and held a number of senior director roles within the Electrolux Group.

External appointments

Kevin is a member of Business in the Community’s Yorkshire and Humber Advisory Board.

Kevin is aged 59.

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