Jan du Plessis
Jan du Plessis

Appointed chairman in November 2017 and to the Board in June 2017.

Jan chairs the Nominations and Investigatory Powers Governance Committees and is a member of the Digital Impact & Sustainability Committee.


Jan was chairman of Rio Tinto from 2009 to 2018 and chairman of SABMiller from 2015 until 2016. He was also a director and later senior independent director of Marks & Spencer from 2008 until 2015. Before that he served as chairman or nonexecutive director of a number of public companies. Prior to that, until 2004, Jan was group finance director of Richemont.

Relevant skills and contribution to the Board

Significant experience serving as chairman and as a non-executive director on the boards of FTSE 100 companies across varying sectors. Jan has the knowledge and insight to lead an effective board and an in- depth understanding of UK corporate governance requirements.

External appointments