Jan Åstrand

Committees: Nomination

Appointed to the Board in November 2014 as Non-Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Nomination Committee. Member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees from February 2015 to 31 March 2017. Assumed the role of Executive Chairman from 1 July 2015 and reverted back to non-executive status on 30 September 2016.

Skills and experience

Jan brings broad experience and a focussed, strategic approach to the Board, as Speedy concentrates on the delivery of sustainable profit growth.

He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Vidrala, S.A. in Spain and was a Non-Executive Director of Lavendon Group Plc from 2010 until early in 2014, latterly as Senior Independent Director. He has also held previous non-executive roles as Chairman of CRC Group PLC and Car Park Group AB in Stockholm as well as being Senior Independent Director of PHS Group PLC, Chairman of easyHotel Plc and Non-Executive Director of Northgate plc.

Jan’s executive experience includes roles as President and Chief Executive of Axus International Inc. (previously known as Hertz Leasing International), Vice President, Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Hertz (Europe) Limited and Chief Financial Officer of Commodore International.

Russell Down

Chief Executive

Appointed to the Board as Group Finance Director in April 2015 and promoted to Chief Executive in July 2015.

Skills and experience

Russell was formerly Group Finance Director (from 2008 to 2015) at Hyder Consulting Plc (‘Hyder’), the multinational design and engineering consultancy. He spent 17 years in total at Hyder in a number of senior roles, including five years as Group Financial Controller and six years as Regional Finance and Commercial Director for the Middle East operations based in Dubai.

Russell is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, having qualified with KPMG, and has previously worked for container leasing company Cronos as Director of Accounting.


Chris Morgan

Group Finance Director

Appointed to the Board as Group Finance Director in April 2016.

Skills and experience

Chris is a highly experienced Finance Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Before joining Speedy, Chris was Chief Financial Officer at Go Outdoors, the UK’s leading retailer of outdoor equipment and clothing, since 2012. He was previously Chief Financial Officer at Focus DIY, and before that held a number of senior finance positions at Tesco including Group Controller from 1999 to 2004, and more recently as Finance Director for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Bob Contreras

Non-Executive Director
Committees: Audit, Nomination, Remuneration

Appointed to the Board in December 2015 as Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees. Appointed as Senior Independent Director on 31 March 2016.

Skills and experience

Bob brings extensive asset rental and sector experience to the Board, as Speedy continues to focus on becoming a more lean, efficient and customer-focussed business.

Bob was Chief Executive at Northgate plc, the FTSE 250 leading light commercial vehicle hire business in both the UK and Spain between June 2010 and January 2017, having joined the business as Finance Director in June 2008.

Prior to his appointment at Northgate, Bob was President of the Surgical Division of Mölnlycke Health Care Group, a world-leading manufacturer of products and services for the professional healthcare sector.  He was also previously Chief Executive and Finance Director of private equity backed Damovo Group S.A., and Group Finance Director of Azlan Group plc.

Rob Barclay

Non-Executive Director
Committees: Remuneration, Nomination, Audit

Appointed to the Board in April 2016 as Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.

Skills and experience

Rob brings a wealth of sector experience to the Board. He is currently Managing Director UK, Ireland and Middle East of SIG plc, the market leading supplier of specialist products to the building and construction industry.

Rob joined SIG plc, a FTSE 250 company, in 1997 and has held various senior management roles within the business including Managing Director of SIG Distribution, having led its creation by bringing together the Group's UK insulations, interiors, construction accessories and fixings businesses. Prior to joining SIG, Rob was a Regional Manager for a global wood products company based in New Zealand, from where he originates.

David Shearer

Non-Executive Director
Committees: Nomination, Audit, Remuneration

Elected to the Board at the General Meeting on 9 September 2016 as Non-Executive Director. Appointed a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees from November 2016 and of the Remuneration Committee from 31 March 2017. 

Skills and experience

David is an experienced non-executive director, corporate financier and turnaround specialist. He is currently Chairman of Liberty Living Group, Aberdeen New Dawn Investment Trust plc and the Scottish Edge Fund, and a director of Mithras Investment Trust plc.

He was previously senior partner for Scotland & Northern Ireland and a UK Executive Board member of Deloitte LLP, Co-Chairman of Martin Currie (Holdings) Limited, Chairman of Mouchel Group and Crest Nicholson plc and a non-executive director of City Inn Limited in each case standing down after completing the successful restructuring of these businesses. He was also Senior Independent Director of Renold plc, STV Group plc, Superglass Holdings plc and Scottish Financial Enterprise, and a Governor of The Glasgow School of Art.

David Garman

David Garman

Non-Executive Director
Committees: Audit, Nomination,  Remuneration

Appointed to the Board with effect from 1 June 2017 as a Non-Executive Director and a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees of the Board. 

Skills and experience

David is currently senior independent director at John Menzies plc, a non-executive director at Troy Income & Growth Trust plc and a director of several private companies.

He has a broad range of industrial experience and was previously chief executive of TDG plc (now TDG Limited), a European contract logistics and supply chain management business, an executive director of Associated British Foods plc and held a variety of management roles at United Biscuits. He was also the senior independent director at St Modwen Properties Plc and Phoenix IT plc, and a non-executive director at Kewill plc and Victoria plc.