Board of Directors


Directors

Chairman M I Burke
Finance Director T J Kowalski
Executive Director P B Maudsley
Non-Executive Directors G F Ball (a) (b)
F Coumau (a) (c)
W Grimsey (a) (b) (c)
E F Tracey (a) (b) (c)
Company Secretary M Ashcroft

(a) Member of the Nomination Committee
(b) Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
(c) Member of the Remuneration Committee

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. 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.

Mr T J Kowalski (Finance Director)

Tim Kowalski joined the board on 2nd August 2010. He is a Chartered Accountant with many years of experience with mainly consumer and retail companies both private and public including N Brown plc, Steinhoff Ltd, Homeform Ltd, Greenalls plc, Grand Metropolitan plc and Burton Group plc.

Mr P B Maudsley (Executive Director)

Philip 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 6 April 2004. He was subsequently appointed group managing director in December 2004, chief operating officer in May 2006, and chief executive in November 2009. He was appointed Managing Director of the Home Shopping division in September 2010.

Mr E F Tracey (Senior Non-Executive Director)

Eric Tracey was appointed to the board on 28 August 2009. He is a partner in investment manager Go Investment Partners LLP and a trustee director of the Stroke Association and vice chairman of Goodenough College. 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.

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 an 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.

Mr F-R Coumau (Non-Executive Director)

Francois Coumau was appointed to the board on 12 August 2013. He is 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.

Mr W Grimsey (Non-Executive Director)

Bill Grimsey was appointed to the Board on 1 March 2012. He has held a variety of senior executive and non-executive roles with companies in the retail sector including Tesco, Kingfisher, Wickes and the Big Food Group. Most recently he was the non-executive chairman of Focus (DIY) Ltd.

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