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Sam Plant - Independent Member

Chair of Governance, Nominations and Ethics Committee, Member of Governance, Nominations and Ethics Committee and Honorary Degrees Committee.

Sam Plant was until recently Company Secretary and Director of Corporate Services of PZ Cussons Plc, the FTSE 250 listed consumer products group. PZ Cussons has operations in Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and Europe and a long-standing connection with Manchester.  Its head office is in the City and its liquid soap factory and innovation centre are in Salford, a short distance from the University.        

Sam is a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience and was responsible for providing legal advice across all of the Company’s global operations.  A founding member of the Company’s Executive Company, he was also jointly responsible for strategic planning, the delivery of change initiatives, budgeting, talent management and the day to day financial performance of the business.  He played a leading role in the Group's corporate social responsibility programme and drove its global risk management activities.        

Outside of work, Sam spends his time painting, playing tennis, providing (unpaid) taxi services to his two daughters and supporting Crystal Palace FC.