David Taylor-Smith joined the Board on 11 March 2013 as Regional Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to this he worked for G4S plc for fourteen years where his last appointment was Group Chief Operating Officer and Regional CEO UK, Ireland and Africa. Prior to joining G4S, David held senior roles with Securicor Plc and Jardine Matheson in Hong Kong. Before this he was a British army officer and served in Northern Ireland, Germany, England and in Cyprus with the United Nations. David has a degree from the University of Southampton and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has sat on the board of several charities and on the Public Services Board of the CBI. In 2003 he was awarded the MBE in recognition of his charitable activities overseas.