People Committee

Role of the People Committee

The purpose of the People Committee is to provide the FRC Executive with challenge, constructive dialogue and strategic direction on issues relating to the appointment and recruitment, remuneration, talent management and welfare of FRC staff and non-executive members and to take high-level decisions on such issues as necessary.

Terms of Reference
Name Terms of Reference
Publication date 8 June 2023
Notes The responsibilities of the People Committee are set out in the Committee's Terms of Reference.
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Name General Committee Terms
Publication date 8 June 2023
Notes The People Committee also adheres to the General Committee Terms.
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Committee Members

  • Sir Jan du Plessis

    Sir Jan du Plessis


    Appointed 10 February 2022

    Sir Jan has served as Chair of various public companies over the last 18 years: BT Group plc (2017 to 2021); Rio Tinto plc (2009 to 2018); SABMiller plc (2014 to 2016); RHM plc (2005 to 2007); and British American Tobacco plc (2004 to 2009). These roles have given him extensive experience in leadership and governance of some major public companies. He has also had multiple interactions with the institutional investment community and gained meaningful insight into the challenges facing the audit services sector.

    Sir Jan has also served as non-executive director of Marks and Spencer Group plc and Lloyds Banking Group plc. From 1988 to 2004 he was CFO of Richemont.

  • Angela Cha

    Angela Cha


    Appointed 1 February 2022

    Angela is a non-executive director on the Board of Bath Building Society where she is the Vice-Chair and Senior Independent Director. She is a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nominations Committees. In the voluntary sector, Angela sits on the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee at the NSPCC as a co-opted member.

    During her executive career Angela was a solicitor and a partner of Pinsent Masons where she specialised in advising FS sector clients on business change and transformation projects.

  • Hannah Nixon

    Hannah Nixon


    Appointed 24 June 2021

    Hannah has widespread experience in economic regulation across a range of industries. She brings significant experience of developing, implementing and enforcing regulatory regimes and influencing public policy. She was the first CEO of the Payment Systems Regulator, the economic regulator of the UK’s £80tn payments industry, responsible for driving competition and innovation in the interests of consumers. She was also a senior partner at Ofgem, where she had responsibility for the networks division.

    Hannah is currently Chair of the Single Source Regulations Office, the UK regulator for non-competitive defence procurement, and is also a non-executive director of National Grid Electricity Systems Operator and Thames Water.

  • Clare Thompson

    Clare Thompson


    Appointed 1 April 2022

    Clare is a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committee at M&G plc. She is also Senior Independent Director and chair of the Audit Committee at Bupa. She retired from PwC in 2011 having been a partner for 23 years. At PwC she was audit/lead partner on major financial services groups and served UK Insurance leader and a member of the UK Assurance executive team.

    Since leaving PwC she has built a portfolio of non-executive roles and has served as Chair of the Audit Committee of Bupa’s UK insurance business, a non-executive director of Direct Line Insurance Group plc, a non-executive director of Retail Charity Bonds plc, as Chair of the Audit Committee of Miller Insurance Services LLP and as Treasurer of the Disasters Emergency Committee.

    She is a member of the ICAEW.

  • Ruwan Weerasekera

    Ruwan Weerasekera


    Appointed 1 September 2021

    Ruwan is the former COO and a Managing Partner of SoftBank Investment Advisers, a Managing Director and COO for Securities at UBS Investment Bank and Partner of Accenture. He is also a former Senior Independent Director of ICBC Standard Bank PLC and a Non-Executive Director of London North West University Health Care Trust.

    Ruwan is a Non-executive Board Director of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) which brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. Ruwan chairs the Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee of UKRI.

  • David Willis

    David Willis


    Appointed 1 April 2022

    David is a solicitor by profession and was a partner in international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (and predecessor firm Herbert Smith) for many years. He was Managing Partner of Herbert Smith from 2008-2012 and Joint CEO of Herbert Smith Freehills from 2012-2014. He is currently Chair of Paradigm Trust, a multi-academy trust, and Vice Chair of United Response, a charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, where he chairs the Finance and Resources Committee. He was previously a member of the governing body of Queen Mary University of London, where he chaired the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, where he chaired the Finance and Audit Committee and was a member of the Law Society Group Audit Committee.