The Board

(a) Audit Committee (n) Nomination Committee (r) Remuneration Committee

Dennis Millard

Dennis Millard

Current Role:Chairman since 28 May 2009. Committee Memberships: (n)(chair) (r)

Additional Roles Held:  Non-Executive Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Pets at Home Group Plc.  Chairman of Smiths News plc and a Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director of Debenhams plc and Premier Farnell plc.

Past Roles: His former appointments include Group Finance Director of Cookson Group plc, Finance Director of Medeva plc, Non-Executive Director of Exel plc and a member of the Economic Affairs Committee of the CBI.

Brings to the Board:  Dennis has a broad commercial and financial experience in the retail, service, distribution and manufacturing sectors in the UK and internationally. Dennis is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town.

Dennis is a keen cyclist and rides a Boardman Road Team Carbon. Last year he participated in the Dallaglio Flintoff Cycle Slam Ride 2012 from Olympia to London and the Deloitte Ride Across Britain. He is also an avid surfer and keen golfer.

 

Matt Davies

Matt Davies

Current Role:  Group Chief Executive since 4 October 2012. Committee Memberships: (n)

Additional Roles Held:  Matt is a Non-Executive Director at the Dunelm Group plc.

Past Roles: Matt was Chief Executive of Pets At Home for eight years having originally joined as Finance Director in 2001.

Brings to the Board:  Under Matt's leadership, Pets at Home developed into a market-leading UK retailer, offering an outstanding customer experience. The approach was to create a strong culture of work ethic and enjoyment amongst colleagues combined with a determination to provide exceptional customer service. Matt also has in-depth experience in corporate finance with Rothschild and Hawkpoint and extensive financial experience in the consumer-facing retail sector with both Caudwell Communications and as Finance Director of Pets at Home.

Matt rides a Boardman Air Pro and can often be found on a weekend cycling the lanes of the Lake District with his family and friends. His two dogs Archie and Bear form a big part of his life!

 

Andrew Findlay

Andrew Findlay

Current Role:  Group Finance Director since 1 February 2011.

Past Roles:  Prior to his appointment, Andrew was Director of Finance, Tax and Treasury at Marks and Spencer Group plc. Prior to this, he held senior finance roles at the London Stock Exchange and at Cable and Wireless, both in the UK and US. Andrew qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand.

Brings to the Board:  A track record in retail and other competitive, consumer and business facing industries. Andrew has experience of: operational and commercial finance, refinancing and pension scheme funding; bid defence; non-merchandise procurement; shared services; financial accounting, tax and audit.

Andrew's first car was a Hillman Imp under which he spent many an hour fixing! He now rides a Carrera TDF at weekends when he gets the chance.

 

David Adams

David Adams

Current Role:  Non-Executive Director since 1 March 2011. Senior Independent Director since 1 March 2014.  Committee Memberships: (a)(chair) (n) (r)

Additional Roles Held: David is the Chairman of two privately held businesses — Musto Ltd and Park Cameras Ltd, a Non-Executive Director of the British Retail Consortium (Trading) Ltd , and a Director and Trustee of Walk The Walk, the breast cancer charity.

Past Roles: David was the Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director of House of Fraser until its sale in 2006, and was Executive Chairman of Jessops plc then Non-Executive Chairman of Snap Equity Ltd (after Jessops was taken private) until early 2012. Previous Non-Executive roles include Chairman of Moss Bros plc and Alexon plc, and Non-Executive Director at Ottakars, Eidos, Whittard of Chelsea, JJB Sports and HMV.

Brings to the Board:  He brings extensive and relevant experience from over 25 years in retail. David has been a plc Finance Director for 10 years and has had two other Audit Committee Chair roles in plc companies in the last three years.

David is a keen tennis player and golfer, and a fair weather cyclist!

 

Claudia Arney

Claudia Arney

Current Role:  Non-Executive Director since 25 January 2011. Committee Memberships: (a) (n) (r)(chair since 1 March 2014)

Additional Roles Held:  Claudia is a Non-Executive Director of Telecity Group PLC, and of Which She is Chair of the Public Data Group, and a member of the Advisory Boards of the Shareholder Executive, and of Huawei.

Past Roles:  Claudia was the Group Managing Director, Digital at EMAP Inform until late 2010 where she led the development and execution of online publishing strategy as well as managing the public sector and media divisions. Prior to this she was Director of the Enterprise and Growth Unit at HM Treasury, which she joined from Goldman Sachs where she was an Executive Director. She has also worked at FT.Com, and Mckinsey, and was Managing Director of TheStreet.co.uk from 1998 to 2000.

Brings to the Board:  Claudia brings extensive experience of strategy formulation and business development, particularly in the online consumer and media space.

Claudia and her family are keen campers and are regularly found out and about in their Urban Escape Kurai tent. Destinations have ranged from France to Scotland to their back garden, and all have been much enjoyed.

 

Bill Ronald

Bill Ronald

Current Role:  Non-Executive Director since 17 May 2004. Senior Independent Director to 28 February 2014. Committee Memberships: (a) (n) (r)

Additional Roles Held:  Bill is currently Chairman of Dialight plc, Chairman of The Compleat Food Group, Chairman of Fever Tree and Chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Past Roles:  Bill spent 23 years in a variety of roles within the Mars Corporation ending up as Managing Director of the UK confectionery operation and Vice-President of Masterfoods Europe. More recently, Bill was also CEO of Uniq plc and a Non-Executive Director of Bezier Limited and Alfesca.

Brings to the Board:  Bill brings experience of brand building and winning loyalty by putting the customer first. He also brings a focus upon organisational development.

Bill rides a Carrera Crossfire but prefers skis in the winter.

 

Keith Harris

Keith Harris

Current Role:  Non-Executive Director since 17 May 2004. Committee Memberships: (a) (n) (r)(chair to 28 February 2014)

Additional Roles Held:  Keith is currently on the Boards of Cooper Gay (Holdings) Limited and Sellar Investments Limited.

Past Roles:  Previously Keith was Executive Chairman of Seymour Pierce Limited following its acquisition from Investment Management Holdings plc, Chairman of the Football League, Chief Executive of HSBC Investment Bank plc and a Benfield plc board member.

Brings to the Board:  Keith brings extensive experience of public company governance, particularly in the field of executive remuneration.

 

Helen Jones

Helen Jones

Current Role:  Non-Executive Director since 1 March 2014. Committee Memberships: (a) (n) (r)

Additional Roles Held:  Helen is currently a senior executive at Caffé Nero.

Past Roles:  Helen was CEO of the Zizzi Restaurants group and was also responsible for successfully launching the Ben & Jerry brand in the UK and Europe.

Brings to the Board:  Helen brings valuable and relevant marketing and branding experience in consumer focused businesses.

Helen rides a Specialized Ariel but has yet to muster the courage to move to road bikes, preferring the relative comfort of the hybrid version. She promises to buy a Halfords' brand next time! Favourite cycling spots are the Chilterns, where she lives, and Rutland with its gentler inclines and almost traffic free roads. She is married with three adult sons.