M I Burke (a)
Mr M I Burke (Chairman)
Ian Burke joined the board on 12 January 2017. He has spent the majority of his career in the leisure industry and is currently Chairman of The Rank Group, having previously overseen the growth of that business as Chief Executive. He is also chairman at VetsPartners Holdings Ltd. Previously, he has served as Chief Executive of Thistle Hotels and has also held the position of Managing Director at both Holiday Inn Worldwide and Gala Clubs.
P B Maudsley
Mr P B Maudsley (Chief Executive Officer)
Phil Maudsley joined the Group in 1987 as general manager of a manufacturing subsidiary. He became managing director of the Home Shopping Division in 1994 and was appointed to the Board on 5 April 2004. He was appointed Managing Director of Express Gifts in 2010 before being appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer in April 2017.
S M Caldwell
Mr S M Caldwell (Chief Financial Officer)
Stuart Caldwell joined the group finance team in October 2010 and held the post of Acting CFO from April 2017 before his appointment to the Board on 13 July 2017. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. After qualifying within the profession, he held a number of roles with Provident Financial plc before moving to Findel.
E F Tracey (a) (b) (c) (d)
Mr E F Tracey (Senior Non-Executive Director)
Eric Tracey was appointed to the board on 28 August 2009. He is chairman of investment manager GO Investment Partners LLP, a trustee director of the Stroke Association and chairman of Goodenough College and two New Zealand related charities and a property management company. Prior to this, Eric was Senior Independent Director, an independent director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Chloride Group plc and chairman of the Audit Committee at Burtons Holdings Ltd and The NEC Group and Group Finance Director of Amey plc and then Wembley plc having previously been a partner in Deloitte & Touche LLP.
E O'Donnell (a) (b) (c) (d)
Ms E O'Donnell (Non-Executive Director)
Elaine O'Donnell was appointed to the Board on 1st February 2018. She is a former Partner at EY with over 20 years' experience operating in a senior advisory capacity across a range of industry sectors and situations. She is currently a non-executive director, chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees and a member of the Audit Committee at Games Workshop Group plc, a non-executive director at On The Beach plc, a non-executive director at MSIF, a not for profit organisation offering business funding in the North West. Elaine was also formerly a non-executive Director at The Manufacturing Institute, a charity focused on promoting and improving manufacturing in the UK.
G F Ball (a) (b) (c)
Mr G F Ball (Non-Executive Director)
Greg Ball was appointed to the Board on 23 February 2016. He has held a number of executive and non-executive roles in retail and regulated financial services, including senior positions at Home Retail Group plc and Littlewoods Organisation plc. He is currently a non-executive director of Ageas UK, chairman of Ingelby (2016) Ltd, trading as Panther Logistics and of Asset Solutions Group. He is also a director of GF Ball Consultancy Ltd.
F Coumau (a) (c) (d)
Mr F-R Coumau (Non-Executive Director)
Francois Coumau was appointed to the board on 12 August 2013. He was recently Group Managing Director at Immediate Media Company Limited having previously held a series of senior roles at eBay, most recently as General Manager for Continental Europe. Prior to this, his career has included senior roles at L'Oreal and Mars.
W Grimsey (a) (b) (d)
Mr W Grimsey (Non-Executive Director)
Bill Grimsey joined the Board on 1 March 2012. He has held a variety of senior executive and non-executive roles with companies in the retail sector such as Tesco, Kingfisher, Wickes and the Big Food Group. Most recently he was the non-executive chairman of Focus (DIY) Ltd. He is currently non-executive chairman of The Physical Company Ltd.
Mr M Ashcroft (Company Secretary)
Mark Ashcroft joined the group as Company Secretary in January 2011. He acts as secretary to the Board and each of its committees and in addition to the normal Company Secretarial duties he is Head of Legal for the group and is also responsible for the Compliance and Risk Management functions. He is a solicitor and having qualified in private practice has held a number of similar appointments including at Volex Group plc (where he was latterly a member of the plc board), Homestyle plc and Steinhoff UK Group.
(a) Member of the Nomination Committee
(b) Member of the Audit Committee
(c) Member of the Risk Committee
(d) Member of the Remuneration Committee