After graduating with a BA (Hons) in European Business Administration and a French Business Diploma from Reims Management School, France, Vanda Murray joined ICI’s graduate trainee scheme and her career progressed with International Marketing and General Management roles with BET plc and Expamet plc.

From 2001-2004, she was Chief Executive Officer of Blick plc, a FTSE quoted international Group of manufacturing and installation businesses. She doubled the value of the business on the London Stock Exchange as she refocused the business on higher value differentiated products and restructured the Group before it was acquired by The Stanley Works Inc, a US corporation.

Vanda now holds a portfolio of Non-Executive Directorships and is Chair of Marshalls plc (FTSE 250), Senior Independent Director of Bunzl plc (FTSE 50) and a Non-Executive Director of Manchester Airports Group.

She was appointed OBE for Services to Industry and to Export in 2002 and was the 2018 winner of The Sunday Times Non-Executive Director of the year – Large Company category.