Maria Richter is an experienced FTSE 100 non-executive director who has served on a diverse range of UK and International boards. Ms Richter served on the board of National Grid in the UK from 2003 to July 2014 where she was chair of the finance committee and member of the audit and nominations committees. She currently sits on the boards of Rexel Group, France, a global leader in the professional distribution of energy products and services, and Bessemer Trust, a US wealth management company, and is a member of the audit and compensation committees of Rexel and the remuneration committee of Bessemer Trust. Ms Richter also serves on the board of Pro Mujer International, a women’s micro-finance network and is chair of the board of trustees of Pro Mujer UK. Her professional career spanned 1980 to 2002, during which time she served in various positions at the former Dewey Ballantine, Prudential, Salomon Brothers and Morgan Stanley & Co.