The board

Mark Newton-Jones
Chief Executive Officer

Appointment: Appointed July 2014

Skills, competencies, experience: Mark has almost 30 years of experience working with, and developing some of, the industry's leading retail brands in both stores and online. Before joining the Company as interim CEO in March 2014, Mark was previously Group CEO of Shop Direct, owner of the Littlewoods and Very brands. Under his stewardship, Shop Direct embarked on one of the largest retail integrations in Europe, merging and integrating Littlewoods and Great Universal stores and a significant transformation journey from a failing large scale bricks-and-mortar operation to one of the UK's leading multi-channel retailers with seamlessly integrated mobile, online and digital platforms. Prior to Shop Direct, Mark held various director roles at Next plc including as the director of the Next Directory taking it online in 1998 becoming one of the UK's first online retailers. Mark began his career in his family run retail and wholesale business working alongside his father and grandfather.

Other Directorships: Non-executive Director at Boohoo plc and Chairman of Graduate Fashion Week.

Richard Smothers
Chief Financial Officer

Appointment: Appointed in March 2015.

Skills, competencies, experience: Extensive financial experience of working within listed companies; Richard's work overseas will provide relevant experience in the Company's international operations and growth ambitions. Strong financial, accounting, strategic and corporate finance experience and skills. Previous appointments include Director of Group Finance at Rexam plc. Before joining Rexam, Richard spent 14 years in a number of senior finance roles at Tesco plc (including Finance Director Asia, CFO Tesco Lotus (Thailand) and Finance Director for UK operations) and prior to that worked at Cargill in both financial and operational roles. Richard was also a director and treasurer of the British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand.

Other Directorships: Member of the Finance Committee, University College London since October 2014.

Alan Parker CBE

Appointment: Appointed in August 2011.

Skills, competencies, experience: A former chief executive of a FTSE100 company and with extensive experience in the hospitality sector, Alan provides substantial commercial, leadership and strategic knowledge and experience. Executive Chairman of Mothercare plc from 17 November 2011 to 30 April 2012. Formerly Chief Executive of Whitbread plc and Managing Director EMEA of Holiday Inn, and non-executive independent director of Burger King Worldwide Inc until its merger with Tim Horton's to form Restaurant Brands International in December 2014. He has also served on the boards of Jumeirah Group LLC and VisitBritain.

Other Directorships: Non-executive chairman of Darty plc. In November 2014 Alan was appointed Chairman of Park Resorts and in December 2014 became a non-executive director of US based Restaurant Brands International. He is also President of the British Hospitality Association and a board member/investor in Winnow Solutions.

Amanda Mackenzie
Non-Executive Director

Appointment: Appointed in January 2011.

Skills, competencies, experience: Amanda has many years of marketing and communications knowledge working at the highest level and is able to guide the Board on other issues such as diversity. A member of Aviva's Executive Committee and Executive sponsor for diversity. A member of Lord Davies' steering group to increase the number of women on boards; a board member of the National Youth Orchestra and a past President of the Marketing Society. Amanda was awarded an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List for services to marketing. Formerly Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Aviva plc.

Other Directorships: National Youth Orchestra, The Thirty Club of London.

Angela Brav
Non-Executive Director
Appointment: Appointed in January 2013

Skills, competencies, experience: Angela has extensive experience with a major multinational organisation which provides the Company with international and franchise expertise. Angela has held various senior roles within the InterContinental Hotels Group since joining in 1991 including senior vice president Americas franchise operations and 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.

Other Directorships: Chief Executive Europe of InterContinental Hotels Group plc (IHG).

Lee Ginsberg
Non-Executive Director and Audit and Risk Committee Chair
Appointment: Appointed in July 2012.

Skills, competencies, experience: Lee has substantial financial experience working in listed companies, and in depth knowledge of international franchise models and systems. Previously Chief Financial Officer of Domino's Pizza Group plc (until 02 April 2014) and prior to that Group Finance Director at Health Club Holdings Limited (formerly Holmes Place plc) where he also served as Deputy Chief Executive. Lee is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Other Directorships: Non-executive director and chair of the audit committee at Trinity Mirror plc; Deputy Chairman, Senior Independent non-executive director at Patisserie Holdings plc and non-executive Chairman of Oriole Restaurants Limited.

Richard Rivers
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointment: Appointed in July 2008.

Skills, competencies, experience: Formerly Chief of Staff and Head of Corporate Strategy at Unilever. Richard provides strategic and corporate knowledge to the Company as well as remuneration committee expertise.

Other Directorships: A Non-executive Member of the Board of Channel 4 Television Corporation and a director of Lumene Oy and Articos AB, and a member of the Advisory Board of WPP.

Imelda Walsh
Non-Executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chair

Appointment: Appointed in June 2013.

Skills, competencies, experience: Imelda provides the Company with the benefit of her extensive experience and knowledge of remuneration and HR policies. Formerly Group HR Director of J Sainsbury plc, non-executive director and chair of the remuneration committee at Sainsbury's Bank plc, and previously with roles at Barclays plc, Coca Cola & Schweppes Beverages Limited and Diageo plc.

Other Directorships: Non-executive director and chair of the remuneration committee of William Hill plc, Mitchells and Butlers plc and First Group plc.

Nick Wharton
Non-Executive Director

Appointment: Appointed in November 2013.

Skills, competencies, experience: Nick provides the Company with extensive experience within the retail sector and the benefit of being a plc CEO and CFO, supporting the financial and strategic direction of the Company. Formerly Chief Executive Officer of Dunelm Group plc (until 11 September 2014), Chief Financial Officer of Halfords Group plc, and held finance and international positions at The Boots Company plc and Cadbury Schweppes plc.

Other Directorships: Chief Financial Officer of SuperGroup plc.

Committee memberships key:
A  Audit committee
R  Remuneration committee
N  Nomination committee
F  Full board member
  Disclosure committee