Mark Poole has served on our board of directors since June 2007. Mr. Poole joined the Virgin Group in 1991 as a tax consultant and was subsequently appointed Group Tax Director. After five years in this position, he was appointed the Virgin Group chief financial officer in 2000 and the Deputy Group chief executive officer in September 2005. Mr. Poole is a member of the Virgin Group Investment Advisory Committee and holds a number of non-executive directorships in the Virgin Group including Virgin Group Holdings Limited (Group holding company), Virgin Atlantic Limited (for which he chairs the Audit Committee), SN Airholdings, Virgin Retail Limited. Virgin Hotels Group Limited and Virgin Active Group Limited amongst numerous others. Mr. Poole graduated from Bristol University in 1983 with a degree in Civil Engineering (Bachelor of Science). He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (Association of Chartered Accountants) with Binder Hamlyn in London in 1989.