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Neil Johnson

Deputy Chairman & Senior Independent Director  /  London


Neil is currently Chairman of QinetiQ Plc and Electra Private Equity Plc and will retire as Chairman of Synthomer Plc later this year after 9 years on the Board. He recently stood down from Chair roles at Motability Operations Group Plc and Centaur Media Plc. He was formerly CEO of the RAC and chaired telematics company Cybit Plc through IPO and ultimate sale to a US private equity house in 2010.

After directing the European automotive interests of British Aerospace, he served a term as Director General of the Engineers Employers Federation and later set up a transatlantic trade and business promotion body, British-American Business Inc.

Following an early career in the Army he began his business career with a series of roles within Lex Service Group, British Leyland, Jaguar and Land Rover. Neil is the senior independent director on the BGF Board and was, until 2012, an Independent Member of the Metropolitan Police Authority.


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