Directors

Andrew Brode

Andrew Brode, Executive Chairman

Andrew is the Executive Chairman and a major shareholder in RWS Holdings plc, which he acquired with support from 3i in 1995 and floated on AIM in late 2003. He is also Chairman of Learning Technologies Group plc, also listed on AIM. 

He started his career as a chartered accountant, later becoming the Managing Director of Croner Publications, which was sold to Wolters Kluwer in 1977. He was subsequently appointed CEO of Wolters Kluwer (UK) plc. 

Andrew acquired Eclipse Publications through a management buy-in, which he sold to Reed Elsevier in 2000. He was also appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of Axco Insurance Information Services by 3i prior to its sale to Wilmington plc in 2010. 

In June 2008 he negotiated the purchase of Epic Group plc, the UK market leader in e-learning from Huveaux plc. Epic listed on AIM in 2013 and changed its name to Learning Technologies Group plc, at which time Andrew was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman. He occupied a similar role at Electric Word plc, also AIM listed, until its sale in August 2017. 

In 2012 he became a Non-Executive Chairman and investor in IT Governance Ltd (now GRC International plc after its flotation in March 2018), the leading provider of information in the cyber security space. In 2019 he was appointed as a Non-executive Director of Cera Care Ltd, a leading, tech-enabled domiciliary care provider.

Ian El-Mokadem, Chief Executive Officer

Ian joined RWS Group as our CEO in July 2021. 

He has a wealth of experience in leading large, multinational service organizations, and a strong track record of delivering growth – both organically and through acquisitions. Ian also has extensive experience in developing strategy and leading technology-enabled business transformations. 

He has held Chief Executive, Board and Senior Executive roles in both UK listed and private equity backed businesses. 

Previously Ian was CEO of V.Group, the world’s leading ship management and marine support services business, where he oversaw a significant digital transformation programme. He was also CEO of Exova Group plc, the global materials testing and calibration services provider, which he steered through its IPO in 2014 and where he grew revenues and profitability substantially, both organically and through 18 acquisitions. Ian’s earlier career included divisional leadership roles at Compass Group plc and Centrica plc as well as strategy consulting with Accenture. 

Ian holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Statistics from University College London and an MBA from INSEAD. 

Outside the RWS Group Ian is a Non-Executive Director of Serco Group plc and a Director of Roegate Consulting Ltd.

Des Glass

Desmond Glass, Chief Financial Officer

Des joined RWS in 2017 and is responsible for all aspects of the Group’s financial function. 

He has over 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles and has worked for Deloitte, ABC and Primedia while based in New York, Rodale and Gan plc. 

Before joining RWS, Desmond was the CFO of GAN plc, where he was instrumental in preparing the company for its successful AIM public listing, and expanding the company’s operations and delivery capability across the US and Europe. 

As Senior Finance Director at Rodale International, a leading health and wellness media company, Desmond shaped and delivered a financial strategy for the company’s international portfolio of joint ventures and licensees. 

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, he holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Imperial College London.

David Clayton

David Clayton, Non-executive Director

David joined RWS in 2020 as a Non-Executive Director after the acquisition of SDL, where he had originally been appointed as a Non-Executive Director in December 2009. He also served at various times at SDL as the Senior Independent Director, the Non-Executive Chairman and, for a nine month period in 2015/2016, interim Executive Chairman. 

Under his leadership SDL made a number of acquisitions and became one of the world’s largest language services providers. 

David was Managing Director and Head of European Technology Research at CSFB from 1997 until 2004. He then joined The Sage Group plc Board as a Non-Executive Director in 2004 before taking up an executive role as Director of Strategy and Corporate Development from October 2007 to February 2012. 

David is currently Chairman of Forensic and Compliance Systems and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the charity Changing Faces. David is also on the boards of FCS (UK) Limited, Solar Archive Ltd, Albora Technologies Ltd and is a trustee of Dixons Academies Charitable Trust Ltd.

Frances Earl

Frances Earl, Non-executive Director

Frances has been a Non-executive Director of RWS since November 2020. 

Previously Frances was a Managing Director at Accenture, where she held senior HR positions both locally (in UK and Ireland) and globally. She served as HR Director on Accenture’s UK and Ireland Executive Board, Products Operating Group Executive Board and Financial Services Operating Group Executive Board, and was Global Recruitment Director for all Executive and Partner Recruitment across 20 countries. 

Frances has been responsible for advising, designing and implementing HR change programs for a number of Accenture businesses across multiple countries. She has led initiatives identifying and hiring external senior talent for various Accenture Executive Boards to drive growth for the business. In particular, she spearheaded and delivered programs focused on senior diversity appointments. Frances also played a key role in the integration of senior executives and people as part of various acquisitions and acted as the HR Director for a new operating model implementation in countries where formal employee consultation was required.

Lara Boro

Lara Boro, Non-executive Director

Lara has been a Non-executive Director of RWS since September 2017. 

A proven leader in commercial development, Lara has delivered large scale acquisition and integration projects for several global organizations. 

She joined the Economist Group in September 2019 as Chief Executive where she is focused on driving continued growth in both the core Economist business, as well as the business to business offerings of the Economist Intelligence Unit. Lara currently manages over 1,500 colleagues based in Europe, the USA and APAC. 

She was previously CEO International for Ascential plc (formerly EMAP plc) and CEO of Informa Plc's Intelligence division with full P&L responsibility for a £200m portfolio of business intelligence and data assets. Prior to Informa, Lara held strategy, M&A and commercial development roles for CPA Global, Pearson, MasterCard and Lloyd’s of London. During her time at Ascential plc she led international expansion into MENA, China, India and Brazil.

Gordon Stuart

Gordon Stuart, Non-executive Director

Gordon joined RWS as a Non-executive Director in November 2020. 

He currently serves as the CFO of Unit4, a global provider of enterprise cloud applications. He has led Finance, Corporate Services and Operational functions as an Executive Director for over 20 years. 

Previous roles include CFO of TMF Group and CFO at Alexander Mann Solutions. He has held senior positions with several UK listed businesses including Group Finance Director of Xansa plc and Group Finance Director of London Bridge Software Holdings plc. He has also held non-executive roles at Sepura plc, Intec Telecom Systems plc and, prior to its acquisition by RWS, SDL plc. In each instance he served as Chair of the Audit committee. 

In his executive roles he has led all aspects of corporate activity ranging from commercial negotiations, dispute resolution, restructuring and transformation management, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets activities.