Aged 42 - Chief Executive
William graduated from the University of Durham in 1996 and joined Kleinwort Benson as a graduate trainee. He founded the business in 1999. He has been the Chief Executive of the Company for 17 years.
Aged 42 - Commercial Director
Rupert graduated from the University of Durham in 1997 and joined JP Morgan as a graduate trainee. He moved to Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (DrKW) to take up a position in the equity capital markets division and then spent a further four years in DrKW's corporate finance division, working in London, Milan and Johannesburg. In 2003, he left DrKW to do an MBA at the Oxford Said Business School, before joining a specialist retailer as Commercial Director. He joined the Company in January 2006.
Mr Garton joined the Board on 21st June 2006.
Aged 63 - Non-Executive Director, Audit Committee Chairman
Colin has spent all his working life in the retail, leisure and travel industries having started his career with the Burton Group. From 1991 to 1997, Colin worked for the Early Learning Centre, a division of John Menzies plc. Reporting to the CEO as International Development Manager, he was responsible for expanding ELC into 13 new overseas markets through franchising, joint ventures and wholesaling.
From 1997 until he left in 2008, Colin worked for BAA Plc, more recently taken into private ownership. His role prior to leaving was Managing Director of UK Retail, where he was responsible for sales in excess of £2.3 billion and a profit contribution c £650 million from the seven UK airports BAA owned.
Mr Hargrave joined the Board on 7th May 2008.
Michael Hindmarch DL
Aged 77 - Non-Executive Chairman, Remuneration Committee Chairman
Michael qualified as a Polymer Technologist at the National College of Rubber and Plastics Technology, London. He founded Plantpak (Plastics) Ltd, a horticultural plastics company in 1970. In 1985 he reversed Plantpak into Falcon Industries Plc, a listed conglomerate, becoming Chairman and CEO. Since 1990 he has acted as an independent business consultant to a number of companies. Michael served as High Sheriff of Essex 2010/2011 and is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County.
Mr. M. Hindmarch was appointed Non-Executive Chairman on 21st June 2006
Aged 46 - Prism Cosec Limited - Company Secretary
Kerin Williams works for Prism Cosec Ltd, a dedicated company secretarial and corporate governance practice. Kerin has 17 years experience in the company secretarial field, with both Main Market and AIM Listed Companies. Kerin’s most recent position was with Liberty International Plc where she spent 5 years as Deputy Company Secretary.
Prior to this Kerin was Deputy Company Secretary at Elementis Plc and Assistant Company Secretary at St Ives Plc. Kerin holds a Law Degree from Plymouth University.