The Lead Team - Board of Directors

Executive Directors


Jonathan Shearman

Jonathan Shearman

Non-Executive Chairman

  • Length of service: Joined in 2009; appointed Chair 1 April 2020
  • Key areas of expertise: Experienced professional in M&A, strategic planning and forecasting. After a successful career in investment fund management, stockbroking, investment banking, and charitable foundations, Jonathan has brought as a NED added skills to the Board in an energetic, strategic and pragmatic manner, proving his ability to provide direction in a TR context. He understands and fits within the culture of Trifast at Board, operational and within the global business teams; he also acknowledges the absolute need for continuity being an essential aspect of taking on the role of Chair during this pivotal time.
  • Committee membership: Chairman of the Nominations Committee and by invitation

Mark Belton

Mark Belton

Chief Executive Officer

  • Length of service: 21 years; appointed to the plc Board in 2010 and CEO on 1 October 2015. On 1 April 2020 on the formation of the Group's Executive Operating Board (OEB), Mark took up the Chair of the OEB
  • Key areas of expertise: Over his career with Trifast, Mark has forged a wealth of knowledge and great understanding of the industry, the TR model, key sectors and our customer portfolio. As Group Finance Director, he also played a pivotal role in the successful acquisitions of PSEP in Malaysia, VIC in Italy and Kuhlmann in Germany. Other skills include all aspects of strategic and financial planning, and investor relations
  • Committee membership: By invitation

Clare Foster

Clare Foster

Chief Financial Officer

  • Length of service: 5 years; appointed to the plc Board 1 October 2015
  • Key areas of expertise: Clare was first introduced to Trifast in 1999 (as part of KPMG) and over the last 20 years has developed an in-depth understanding of the business, its values and the key drivers for success. Financial and treasury management strategy, accounting governance, tax compliance and statutory reporting expertise. Large-scale project management, strategic thinking and consultancy skills support Project Atlas and the wider business in terms of strategic planning, organic investment decisions and the Group’s acquisition activities. On 1 April 2020, on the formation of the Group's OEB, Clare in her CFO role will be working with the OEB team to ensure effective and internal cost management.
  • Committee membership: By invitation

Independent Non-Executive Directors


Neil Warner

Neil Warner

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Length of service: 5 years; appointed to the plc Board on 16 June 2015
  • Key areas of expertise: Senior Independent Director with extensive knowledge of international businesses​ ​gained over 30 years in commerce; ​solid understanding of key strategic drivers – growing sustainable businesses globally, M&A, compliance, risk management and IT.
  • Other directorships: Non-Executive Director at Vectura Group plc (VEC) and of AiM listed Directa plus (DCTA).
  • Committee membership: Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and also a Member of the Remuneration, and Nominations Committees.

Scott Mac Meekin

Scott Mac Meekin

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Length of service: 7 years; appointed to the plc Board in 2013
  • Key areas of expertise: 30+ year career in both commercial and corporate structures across all major continents and cultures in finance, M&A, global logistics, technology, distribution and manufacturing
  • Other directorships: CEO at Circular Computing. Also, a member of Harvard Alumni Association & National University Singapore Alumni Association
  • Committee membership: Member of the Audit, Remuneration, and Nominations Committees

Claire Balmforth

Claire Balmforth

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Length of service: Appointed 1 April 2020
  • Key areas of expertise: Extensive operational experience and also significant knowledge of leadership, customer-focused cultures and human resources including employee engagement, having worked in FTSE250 companies within the retail, B2B and financial services sectors.
  • Other directorships: Safestore Holdings plc (RemCo Chair): British Heart Foundation (member of the RemCo and Retail Committees).
  • Committee membership: Chair of the Remuneration Committee and also a Member of the Audit, and Nominations Committees.

Clive Watson Senior NED

Clive Watson

Senior NED Elect: w/e from 30 July 2020

  • Key areas of expertise: Chartered Accountant with extensive financial exerience gained over his career in industry both in the UK and interantionally. Retired in 2019 as Group Finance Director at Spectris plc in a position held since 2006, and his NED role at Spirax-Sarco which he held for 10 years.
  • Committee membership: Clive will take over as Chair of Audit and Risk Committee and Senior Independent Director following Neil Warner's retirement after the 2020 AGM. He will also be a Member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees.

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