Alan Thomson


Age: 68.

Nationality: British.

Professional address: HAYS plc – 250 Euston Road, London (United Kingdom).

Principal function: Non-Executive Chairman of HAYS plc (*).

End of current mandate: AGM 2019.

First mandate: 26 June 2007 – 28 June 2011.

Independent Director.
Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Holds 1,500 shares.

Other current directorships and positions:

In France:


Non-Executive Chairman of Polypipe Group plc (*) (UK);

Non-Executive Chairman of Bodycote plc (*) (UK).



Mr Alan Thomson studied Economics and History at Glasgow University graduating with a Master of Arts degree in 1967.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970 and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. From 1971 until 1975, he was Audit Manager with Price Waterhouse in Paris.

From 1975 until 1979, he was Financial Director then Chief Executive Officer of Rockwell International SA in Paris, and from 1979 until 1982, he was Financial Director in the Automotive Division of Rockwell International firstly in the USA (1979-1980) then in the United Kingdom (1980-1982).

From 1982 until 1984, he was UK Financial Director of Raychem Ltd, a division of a US public Materials Science company listed in the UK. From 1984 until 1992, he was a Divisional Finance Director within Courtaulds plc, a UK listed company. 

From 1992 to 1995, Mr Alan Thomson was employed as the Group Financial Director and Main Board Director of The Rugby Group plc, a UK listed Building Materials company and from 1995, until his retirement in September 2006, he held the position of Group Financial Director of Smiths Group plc a UK listed engineering company.

Mr Alan Thomson was elected Chairman of Bodycote plc, a listed engineering company, in April 2008. Mr Alan Thomson was appointed in November 2010, Chairman of HAYS plc a listed recruitment company.

Mr Alan Thomson served as President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in 2010-2011. Mr Alan Thomson was appointed in March 2014, Chairman of Polypipe Group plc a UK listed building materials company. Mr Alan Thomson was a Director of HSBC Bank plc until 31 October 2014.


(*) Listed company.