John O'Higgins

Senior Independent Director

John O'Higgins


Appointed to the board 

November 2017



Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee, Nomination Committee


International experience

Belgium, China, Germany, UK, US


Sector experience

Automotive, chemicals, energy, manufacturing, oil and gas, technology

Experience and contribution

John was previously Chief Executive of Spectris plc, a position he held from January 2006 to September 2018. Prior to this he worked for Honeywell in a number of management roles, including as president of automation and control solutions, Asia Pacific. He began his career as a design engineer at Daimler-Benz in Stuttgart. Between 2010 and 2015, John was a Non-Executive Director of Exide Technologies Inc.

John brings extensive business and industrial experience to the board, including experience of battery technologies. He has a track record of portfolio analysis and realignment, driving growth both organically and through mergers and acquisitions, as well as improving operational efficiencies. John was appointed Senior Independent Director on 23rd July 2020.


Other current appointments

Senior Independent Director of Elementis plc, Non-Executive Director of Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd and Trustee of the Wincott Foundation.