Appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of Premier Farnell on 15 June 2011. Other appointments: Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered plc, the Home Office, the Lawn Tennis Association and XL Group plc.
"Skills and experience: Val has formerly held a number of senior operational and strategic roles in businesses with a reputation for high levels of customer service and she brings a wealth of global business experience to the Board. Val was CEO of BUPA during a ten year period of strong growth and global expansion and was a senior manager at British Airways, serving latterly as Director for Asia Pacific. Val has also served as Non-Executive Director of J Sainsbury plc and of the BBC." 
"Val is a non-executive director of Compass Group plc (since January 2000) and of Standard Chartered Bank plc (since January 2005). She is a member of the council of Warwick University as well as co-chair of the advisory board of the Warwick Business School. She is a trustee of the British Museum, and a non-executive director of the Lawn Tennis Association."