Mr Steven Webb
Steven was General Counsel and Group Company Secretary at Premier Farnell plc, global distributor of electronic components and industrial products, from December 2000 until October 2016, following the company’s takeover by Avnet Inc. At this point, Steven became interim CEO of the business until his departure at the end of January 2017. Steven’s role involved being formally responsible for corporate social responsibility and group insurance in addition to secretarial/legal areas, but he has also managed a strategic review of the business, led negotiations with key customers and suppliers, and worked on group re-branding project teams. Steven is a qualified lawyer, specialising in corporate law, and has served the boards in a number of regulated and non-regulated business and consumer industries. Before joining Premier Farnell, he was the Company Secretary and General Counsel of Kelda Group plc (formerly Yorkshire Water) and Company Secretary of Kalon Group plc. He has a strong background in governance, having been at the forefront of best practice through the times of Cadbury, Greenbury, the UK Corporate Governance Code and the new Companies Act.