Debbie joined the Board on 1 June 2009 as an Independent Non-Executive Director and became Non-Executive Chairman on 27 April 2010 (acting Chairman from 25 March 2010). She is Non-Executive Chairman of The Restaurant Group plc and Visa Europe and in private companies BGL Group and White Stuff. She also holds a Non-Executive Director role at Domestic and General. Debbie was previously the Managing Director of RAC plc.
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / CHAIRMAN DESIGNATE
Colin joined the Board on 18th March 2019 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Colin is the CEO of Joules plc, where since 2010, he has led the development of the business through a successful international multichannel strategy, growing both sales and profits. He also oversaw the successful IPO of the business on to AIM in May 2016. Previously Colin was the joint Managing Director at Crombie and also spent over 10 years at House of Fraser, becoming Commercial Director on the main board. Colin has also held a number of senior positions within the retail sector including Etam, Laura Ashley and Arcadia.
It is the intention that Colin will become Chairman of the Company following the AGM in May 2019, when the current Chairman, Debbie Hewitt, retires on the ninth anniversary of her appointment.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Brian joined the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 September 2008 and was appointed Chief Executive on 19 March 2009, having been acting Chief Executive since 19 January 2009. He is a Director of Ambleside Consulting Limited, Ambleside Estates Limited and Ambleside Investments Limited. Brian successfully sold Specialty Retail Group Limited in 2005.
FINANCE DIRECTOR AND COMPANY SECRETARY
Tony joined the Board on 15 August 2016 as Finance Director. He was previously the Finance Director for Charles Tyrwhitt, which he joined in 2009. Prior to that he was the Head of Commercial Finance at Selfridges Retail Ltd and Chief Financial Officer at Confetti Network Ltd. Tony has a deep commercial background in online, multi-site and international consumer businesses, with highly relevant experience in Menswear.
SENIOR INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Maurice joined the Board on 19 October 2010 as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director. He is the Founder Director of Amery Capital, Chairman of Oliver Sweeney, Long Tall Sally, Brightpearl and Unforgettable.org. He is also a Non-Executive Director of END. Maurice was previously a main Board Director of Marks and Spencer plc, with responsibility for Clothing.
Zoe joined the Board on 1 November 2012. She has been Marketing Director of a number of significant retail, consumer and Financial Services businesses including Marketing Director of the Co-Operative Group, Boots plc and HBoS. She has a broad commercial background in multi-site, retail businesses, with a strong skill set in strategy, brand management and CRM. Zoe is Non-Executive Director of AIM-listed Finsbury Food Group Plc and holds other Non-Executive Directorships in Kind Consumer Limited, The Good Care Group and Burbidge & Son Limited.
Alex joined the Board on 1 November 2017 as a Non-Executive Director and was appointed Chairman of the Audit Committee in May 2018 . Alex was previously the CFO of Paddy Power Betfair Group plc, leaving the business October 2018. As well as his strong listed finance experience, he brings broad strategic, commercial and digital skills, along with international consumer insight.
Gareth was the CEO of Online at Missguided Limited from September 2017 until May 2018, where he played a significant role in developing its online growth. Prior to that he was the Deputy CEO and COO of e-tailer Shop Direct Limited, which he joined in 2009 and where he oversaw the successful transformation of the retail business from a catalogue business to a pure online operation.