R. Rajagopal, 62 | Senior Independent Director
Appointed: September 2008
Committees: Audit, Remuneration and Nomination
Qualifications: A Chartered Mechanical Engineer, graduated with a BTech (Mechanical Engineering) from IIT Madras, India, followed by a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester and was awarded a honorary doctor of science degree by Cranfield University. A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
Experience: Joined BOC Edwards after obtaining his PhD and worked in various positions in operations management including Operations Director. Promoted to Managing Director of Edwards in 1993 and Chief Executive of BOC Edwards in 1996. Appointed Executive Director of BOC Group plc in 2000 until 2006. Past member of UK Council for Science and Technology and the Audit Commission. He was Non-Executive Director of Foseco plc from 2005 until 2008 and FSI International (a NASDAQ company) 2000 to 2005.
External appointments: Chairman of UMI3 since 2010 and of HHV Pumps Ltd since 2009. Non-Executive Director of W.S. Atkins plc since 2008, Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc from 2009, E2V Technologies PLC from 2010 and Porvair plc from 2014.