Board of Directors

During the year the Board comprised the Chairman, three Non‑Executive directors (including the Senior Independent director) and two Executive directors (being the Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer). As announced in July 2013, Herve Couturier indicated that he wished to step down from the Board at the July 2013 AGM. Jennifer Allerton, who was appointed to the Board in July 2013, succeeded Herve Couturier as a Non-Executive Director following her appointment at the July 2013 AGM.

Philip Aiken


(appointed 1 May 2012)

Philip Aiken has over 40 years’ experience in industry and commerce having been, from 1997 to 2006, President of BHP Petroleum and then Group President Energy of BHP Billiton. Prior to that he held senior positions with BTR plc (1995 to 1997) and BOC Group (1970 to 1995). Other roles have included Non-Executive Director of National Grid plc, Chairman of Robert Walters plc, Senior Independent Director of Kazakymys plc, Senior Independent Director of Essar Energy plc, Senior Adviser for Macquarie Capital Europe, Chairman of the 2004 World Energy Congress and serving on the Boards of the Governor of Guangdong International Council, World Energy Council and Monash Mt Eliza Business School. He is the Non-Executive Chairman of Balfour Beatty plc and Non-Executive Director of Newcrest Mining Limited.

Richard Longdon

Chief Executive

(appointed 16 August 1994)

Richard Longdon received engineering training in the defence industry and then gained experience in the project management of high-value engineering projects. He moved into sales and held a series of international sales and marketing positions. He joined AVEVA in 1984 and shortly afterwards was made Marketing Manager for the process products. In January 1992, he relocated to Frankfurt where he was responsible for setting up and running the Group’s German office. He returned to the UK as part of the management buyout team in 1994, taking responsibility for the Group’s worldwide sales and marketing activities, before being appointed Managing Director in May 1999. He took over as Group Chief Executive in December 1999.

James kidd

Chief Financial Officer

(appointed 1 January 2011)

James Kidd is a Chartered Accountant and joined AVEVA in 2004. Prior to his appointment to the Board, James held several senior finance roles within the Group and was Head of Finance from 2006. He joined the Group at the time of the Tribon acquisition and played a significant part in the completion of this transaction and the subsequent integration of the acquired business. His responsibilities have included investor relations, the development of the Group’s overseas subsidiaries, standardisation of financial processes and procedures as well as being heavily involved in the Group’s recent acquisitions. Prior to joining AVEVA James worked for both Arthur Andersen and Deloitte, serving technology clients in both transactional and audit engagements.

Jonathan Brooks

Non‑Executive Director

(appointed 12 July 2007)

Jonathan Brooks is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has some 20 years’ experience in the technology sector. Between 1995 and 2002, he was Chief Financial Officer and a Director of ARM Holdings plc where he was a key member of the team that developed ARM to be a leader in its sector. Since 2002, he has been a director of a number of technology companies in both the software and hardware sectors. He is currently a Non-Executive Director, Chair of the Audit Committee and Interim Chair of the Remuneration Committee of IP Group plc, which commercialises intellectual property from leading universities, as well as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of FDM Group (Holdings) plc, an IT professional services provider.

Philip Dayer

Non‑Executive Director

(appointed 7 January 2008)

Philip Dayer qualified as a Chartered Accountant and pursued a corporate finance career in investment banking, specialising in advising UK-listed companies. He was first appointed an Advisory Director in 1983 of Barclays Merchant Bank Limited and since then has held the position of Corporate Finance Director with a number of banks. He retired from Hoare Govett Limited in 2004. Philip is a Non-Executive Director of Kazmunaigas Exploration Production JSC, The Parkmead Group plc, VTB Capital plc and PAO Severstal.

Jennifer Allerton

Non‑Executive Director

(appointed July 2013)

Jennifer Allerton has more than thirty-eight years of Information Technology experience, most recently as Chief Information Officer at F. Hoffmann-La Roche in Switzerland with responsibility for IT strategy and operations for the Pharma division and all Group IT operations from June 2002 to July 2012. Prior to Roche, she served as Technology Director at Barclaycard with responsibility for Fraud Operations and IT. Currently, Jennifer serves as an independent director on the Board of Iron Mountain, a US-based global storage and information management company, and as a non-executive director of Oxford Instruments, a provider of tools and systems to the nanotechnology market in research and industry. She holds Bachelor degrees in Mathematics from Imperial College, London, in Physical Sciences and Geosciences from the Open University and a Masters degree in Physics from the University of Manitoba, Canada.


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