MITIE Group welcomes Penny James to its Board as Non-Executive Director

– UK, Bristol – Mitie Group plc (LON: MTO) today announced the appointment of Penny James to its Board as a Non-Executive Director, from 1 February 2024, bringing extensive financial services experience with strong leadership skills, and financial and risk expertise.

“We are delighted to welcome Penny to our Board. The majority of our existing board has been in place now for over 6 years and, as we look to bring in new talent to manage the succession planning that will inevitably take place over the next three years, Penny will bring exceptional commercial, strategic and financial skills and Board level experience. We recognise the importance of both gender and diversity representation on our Board, as reflecting the diversity of Mitie’s 65,000 colleagues.” said Board Chairman, Derek Mapp.

Penny James will also join the Nomination Committee as a member, and the Audit Committee as Chair-designate to succeed Mary Reilly when she steps down after the Annual Report and Accounts of the Company for the year ended 31 March 2025.

About Penny James

Penny James was CEO and former CFO of Direct Line Insurance Group plc. Before this, she held several roles including Group CRO and Director of Group Finance at Prudential plc, Group CFO at Omega Insurance Holdings Limited, and CFO of UK General Insurance, at Zurich Financial Services.

Penny James is currently serving as a Co-Chair of the FTSE Women Leaders Review, Non-Executive Interim Chair for Hargreaves Lansdown, and Non-Executive Director of QBE Insurance Group Limited.

About Mitie

Founded in 1987, Mitie looks after the places where Britain works and is the leading facilities transformation company in the UK. We offer services to the public sector through our Central Government & Defence and Communities (Local Government & Education, Healthcare and Care & Custody) divisions. Our Technical Services (Engineering Services) and Business Services (Security, Cleaning, Landscapes, Spain, and Waste) divisions serve private sector customers in areas such as Financial & Professional Services, Industrials, Retail and Transport, and increasingly the public sector.

Mitie employs 65,000 people. We take care of our customers’ people and buildings, through the ‘Science of Service’, and we are transforming facilities to be more flexible, safe, sustainable, and attractive to all. Mitie continues to execute its technology-led strategy and in the past twelve months has received multiple industry awards including B2B Marketing Team of the Year, Best Low Carbon Solution, and Net Zero Carbon Strategy of the Year. Targeting Net Zero by the end of 2025, our ambitious emissions reduction plans have also been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative. We have been recognized as a UK Top Employer for the sixth consecutive year.


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