Giles is the managing partner of EPIC Private Equity LLP, an independent investment manager, advisory and placement advisor and administrator. EPIC Private Equity LLP is the investment advisor to EPIC Investments LLP, whose affiliates were, prior to Admission, the Company’s largest shareholder.
Since 2001, Giles has lead over 30 buyout, turnaround, distressed and growth capital transactions. Many of these transactions have made multiple bolt-on acquisitions in the UK and overseas. Giles has served on the boards of multiple private companies and is currently a Non-Executive Chairman of Whittard of Chelsea and a Non-Executive Director of the Reader Organisation, a not-for-profit educational charity.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
John was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Group in 2005 having originally joined Luceco in 1997. John led the original management buyout of Luceco from a listed plc in 2000 and led the secondary buyout with EPIC Investments LLP in 2005. Since then, John has led the development of the Group’s Chinese operations. He began his career with Knox D’Arcy Management Consultants following his graduation from Oxford University with a degree in Economics.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Matt was appointed Chief Financial Officer in February 2018. He joined Luceco from Ferguson plc – the world’s largest distributor of plumbing & heating products and member of the FTSE 100 – where he served in a number of senior finance positions. Most recently, he was based in the USA as Finance Director for its largest individual business unit which enjoyed rapid, profitable growth during his tenure.
Immediately prior to this he was Ferguson’s Group Financial Controller and helped business through its 2009 rights issue and subsequent turnaround. Matt joined Ferguson from BPB plc – the former FTSE 100 manufacturer of interior building products. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and holds a degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford.
SENIOR INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
John joined the Group as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director on 27 September 2016. John is currently serving as Chairman to both Next plc and easyJet plc and is the Senior Independent Non-Executive director of SSP Group Plc and non-executive director of Matheson & Co Ltd. Prior to his current appointments, John served as Chairman of Cable and Wireless Worldwide plc, Brit Holdings plc and Wellington Underwriting plc and has served as Senior Independent Director of WHSmith plc and Hammerson plc. He was also the Chief Executive of insurance broker JIB Group plc from 1984 to 1997 and after JIB’s merger with Lloyd Thomson in 1997, he became Chairman of the combined group, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc, until 2001.
Caroline joined the Group as a Non-Executive Director on 27 September 2016. Dr Brown manages early stage companies and divisions of FTSE100 groups in the energy and technology sectors and has worked as a corporate finance adviser to governments and energy companies with banks including Merrill Lynch, UBS and HSBC. She has chaired the audit committees of WSP Group plc, Intelligent Energy Holdings plc and Bridge Energy ASA.
Dr Brown holds a First Class degree and PhD in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Masters of Business Administration from the Cass Business School, University of London. Dr Brown is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and is a Chartered Director.
Tim joined the Group as a Non-Executive Director on 27 September 2016. Previously Tim has served as Group Chief Financial Officer at Olive Group Capital Limited, a Dubai based security solution provider, and as Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Director at Dangote Cement plc, Nigeria’s largest cement producer. Tim joined KPMG UK in 1991 and became a partner in the firm’s Transaction Services business in 2006.
He has considerable accounting and advisory experience including in stock market listings, reverse takeovers, management buy-outs and acquisitions. He is a qualified chartered accountant and an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Will joined the Group as a Non-Executive Director on 1 September 2019. Will is currently Chief Financial Officer of GKN Aerospace, the UK-headquartered global aerospace technology leader. He has held a number of senior finance roles in a career with GKN that has spanned over 20 years, including nine years as Head of Corporate Finance in which he oversaw GKN’s M&A activities. Prior to joining GKN, Will qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG and worked in its Corporate Finance department.