John O'Higgins

Non-Executive Director

Skills and experience

John was Chief Executive of Spectris plc from January 2006 to September 2018 and led the business through a period of significant transformation. He previously worked for Honeywell as President of Automation and Control Solutions, Asia Pacific and other management roles. From 2010 to 2015, John was a Non-Executive Director at Exide Technologies Inc, a battery technology supplier to automotive and industrial users. John began his career as a design engineer at Daimler-Benz in Stuttgart.



John has extensive business and industrial experience. He has a track record of portfolio analysis and realignment, driving growth and improving operational efficiencies.


External appointments

Chair of Elementis plc, Non-Executive Director of Oxford Nanopore Technologies Plc, member of the Supervisory Board of Envea Global SA and Trustee of the Wincott Foundation.


Appointed to the board 

November 2017

Committee membership

Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee (Chair), Nomination Committee, Societal Value Committee