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Management Board

  • Mark Newton-Jones
  • mark newton-jones
    Chief Executive Officer
    Mark Newton-Jones
    Full Board

    Mark Newton-Jones joined Mothercare plc on 17 March 2014 as its interim CEO and was formally appointed to the Board as permanent CEO on 17 July 2014.


    Mark was previously the Group CEO of Shop Direct, where he led the transformation and turnaround of the UK's leading internet and home shopping business, leaving in July 2013 after almost a decade. Prior to Shop Direct, Mark had a successful career at Next plc in senior roles in the high street retail business and latterly as the Director responsible for Next Directory. Mark's retail career spans some 30 years.


  • Alan Parker
  • Alan Parker CBE
    Non-Executive Chairman
    Alan Parker
    Remuneration Committee Nomination Committee Full Board

    Alan Parker was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Mothercare plc on 15 August 2011. In November 2011, on the departure of the Chief Executive, Alan became Executive Chairman and led a strategic and structural review of the Company. In May 2012 he stepped back to Non Executive Chairman on the appointment of Simon Calver as Chief Executive.


    Alan has two grown up children and in July 2012 welcomed his first grand daughter.


    External Appointments
    Having served as a Non Executive Director on the Board of Darty plc (formerly Kesa Electricals plc) since October 2010, Alan was appointed Non-executive Chairman on 9th August 2012. Alan is also Non Executive Director of Burger King Worldwide Inc., President of the British Hospitality Association and Chairman of the Governors at West Buckland School.


    Previous Experience
    Alan was Chief Executive Officer of Whitbread plc from 2004 and retired from this position in November 2010. During his tenure as CEO he led a substantial increase in shareholder value and created the UK's largest hospitality company expanding Premier Inn's in the UK and developing the global Costa coffee brand. Prior to joining Whitbread in 1992, Alan was based in Brussels and Frankfurt as Holiday Inn EMEA Managing Director.

  • Matthew Smith
  • matthew smith
    Chief Financial Officer
    Matthew Smith

    Appointed in March 2013. Formally Finance Director of Argos, part of Home Retail Group plc. Matthew has spent ten years in senior financial roles at Home Retail Group, and also had responsibility for supply chain, distribution and IT. Prior to Home Retail Group, Matthew worked at KPMG both in London and Sydney, becoming a director in its corporate finance department. Matthew is a Chartered Accountant.


  • Amanda Mackenzie
  • amanda mackenzie
    Non-Executive Director
    Amanda Mackenzie
    Audit Committee Nomination Committee Full Board

    Appointed in January 2011. Amanda is the Chief Marketing & Communications Officer of Aviva plc and a member of the group Executive Committee. She is the executive sponsor for diversity and in 2011 will take on the chair of the Operational Risk Committee.


    Amanda joined Aviva in 2008 to oversee the rebrand and to set up a global marketing and communications function. Amanda has 25 years marketing and advertising experience including Director roles at British Airways Air Miles, BT and British Gas.


    Amanda has a BSc in Psychology from London University, and is a graduate of the Insead Advanced Management programme. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and the Marketing Society; and on the board of the National Youth Orchestra. Amanda chairs "Front Foot" for the Advertising Association and is on two steering groups for the government. She mentors for the marketing academy.


  • Angela Brav
  • angela brav
    Non-Executive Director
    Angela Brav
    Remuneration Committee Nomination Committee Full Board

    A member of the Executive Committee, Angela is Chief Executive, Europe and reports directly to IHG's Chief Executive, Richard Solomons.


    Angela is responsible for the management, growth, and profitability of Europe.
    Prior to becoming Chief Executive for Europe, Angela was the Chief Operating Officer of North America, supporting some 3,000 hotels and managed 250 company managed hotels.


    Angela joined IHG in 1988, and has held roles of increasing responsibility throughout her tenure with IHG at both the hotel and corporate levels. Previously, Angela served as senior vice president, Americas franchise operations & applied technology, senior vice president, applied technology for the Americas region, senior vice president, integrated technology solution and senior vice president, quality and service. Angela has also worked at IHG's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium and Guadalajara, Mexico.


    Prior to joining IHG, Angela worked for various hotel management companies within the hospitality industry and served in such operational positions as general manager, food & beverage director, sales & marketing director and front office manager.


    Angela attended the University of North Florida in Jacksonville and graduated with a major in management.


  • Lee Ginsberg
  • lee ginsberg
    Non-Executive Director
    Lee Ginsberg
    Audit Committee Nomination Committee Full Board

    Lee was appointed to the Mothercare Board in June 2012. He is Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Domino's Pizza Group plc. Lee joined Dominos in 2004 as Finance Director and Company Secretary. He previously held the post of Group Finance Director for Health Club Holdings Limited, formerly Holmes Place plc, where he also served for 18 months as Deputy Chief Executive. Lee is a chartered accountant by profession.

  • Richard Rivers
  • richard rivers
    Non-Executive Director
    Richard Rivers
    Remuneration Committee Nomination Committee Full Board

    Appointed in July 2008. Formerly head of Strategy and Chief of Staff of Unilever and chaired Unilever's Corporate Ventures Group.

  • Imelda Walsh
  • Imelda Walsh
    Non-Executive Director
    Imelda Walsh
    Remuneration Committee Nomination Committee Full Board

    Imelda was appointed to the Mothercare board in June 2013.


    Imelda Walsh is a non-executive director of William Hill PLC where she is chair of the remuneration committee, and Mitchells and Butlers plc where she is also chair of the remuneration committee. Formerly Imelda was Group HR Director of J Sainsbury plc, and a non-executive director and chair of the remuneration committee at Sainsbury's Bank plc. Prior to that she worked at Barclays plc, Coca-Cola & Schweppes Beverages Ltd and Diageo plc.

  • Nick Wharton
  • Nick Wharton
    Non-Executive Director
    Nick Wharton
    Remuneration Committee Nomination Committee Full Board

    Nick was appointed to the Mothercare Board in November 2013.


    He is Chief Executive of Dunelm Group plc, having been appointed to that position in December 2010 and having served as a Non-Executive Director at Dunelm since August 2009. Previously Nick worked at Halfords Group plc as its Chief Financial Officer, and prior to that he had various finance and international positions with The Boots Company plc and Cadbury Schweppes plc. Nick is a chartered accountant.

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