Lord Robertson to Retire as Non-Executive Director of The Weir Group PLC


The Weir Group PLC announces that Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director, is to retire from the Board with effect from 31 January 2015.

Lord Robertson will be succeeded as Senior Independent Director by Richard (Rick) Menell, who has been a Non-Executive Director of Weir since 2009. The Board also announces that Professor Sir Jim McDonald will become a Non-Executive Director with effect from the 1 January 2015. Sir Jim is currently Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Weir Group Chairman, Charles Berry, commented:

“Lord Robertson has been a wise source of counsel to his fellow board members for almost a decade. His contribution to the success of the Group during that time has been enormous and on behalf of the Board I would like to thank him for his dedication and service. In Rick Menell, we are fortunate to have a worthy and experienced successor as Senior Independent Director and I am delighted he has accepted this important role.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to welcome the appointment of Professor Sir Jim McDonald to the Board. Sir Jim is one of the UK’s most respected engineers and academic leaders. His expertise in power markets and the development of world-class research and development programmes mean that I am certain he will make a very significant contribution to the Board and to the future success of the Group.”

There are no further details to be disclosed relating to Professor Sir Jim McDonald under section 9.6.13 of the Listing Rules.


Lord Robertson of Port Ellen was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Weir Group in February 2004. He was previously UK Secretary of State for Defence from 1997 until 1999 and General Secretary of NATO between 1999 and 2003.

Richard (Rick) Menell has been a Non-Executive Director of the Weir Group since April 2009 and currently sits on the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees. He is currently a Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse and a Director of a number of unlisted companies and not-for-profit organisations. As Senior Independent Director he will work alongside the Chairman and will be available to serve as an intermediary for the other Directors if necessary. He will also be responsible for the annual review of the performance of the Chairman.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald has been Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde since March 2009 and has held the Rolls-Royce Chair in Electrical Power Systems since 1993. His other roles include Chair of the Glasgow Science Centre and, previously, he was member of the Scottish Science Advisory Committee, member of the UK Trade and Investment Energy Excellence Board and Vice-President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

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