Mr. Napier is currently Chairman of Imperial Tobacco Group plc (since February 2007), where he chairs the Nominations Committee, and Chairman of McBride PLC (since July 2007), also where he chairs the Nominations Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee. He is a Non-Executive Director of William Grant & Sons Holdings Limited (since May 2009), where he chairs the Audit Committee. Mr. Napier previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Taylor Woodrow PLC, an international housing and development company, from 2002 to 2006.
Prior to this, he worked extensively in the beer and leisure industries. From 2000 to 2001, he was Vice President U.K. and Ireland for InBev S.A., following their acquisition of Bass Brewers Ltd. From 1989 to 2000 he held various leadership positions with Bass, including as a main board Director and Chief Executive Officer of Bass Brewers and Bass International Brewers from 1996 to 2000. Earlier in his career, Mr. Napier also held senior management positions at Ford Motor Company and Whitbread PLC. Mr. Napier is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Mr. Napier provides the Board with a high level of financial literacy and expertise due to his background as a chartered management accountant, his service on public company audit committees and his experience as a CEO. He also provides extensive experience in the beer and leisure industries, including the U.K beer market.