The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for the Group. Its aim is to represent all stakeholders and to provide leadership and control in order to ensure the growth and development of a successful business

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GILES BRAND

Non-Executive Chairman

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Skills and experience
Giles is the founder and Managing Partner of EPIC Private Equity LLP, an independent investment manager, advisory and placement agent and administrator. EPIC Private Equity LLP is the investment adviser to EPIC Investments LLP, whose affiliates are the Company’s largest shareholder. Since 2001, Giles has led over 30 buyout, turnaround, distressed and growth capital transactions. Many of these transactions have made multiple bolt-on acquisitions in the UK and overseas.

Other roles
Giles is currently the Non‑Executive Chairman of Whittard of Chelsea.

JOHN HORNBY

Chief Executive Officer

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Skills and experience

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 Private Equity LLP in 2005. Since then, John has led the development of the Group’s Chinese operations. John began his career with Knox D’Arcy Management Consultants following his graduation from The University of Oxford with a degree in Economics.

Other roles

John holds no other listed or non-listed directorships.

MATT WEBB

Chief Financial Officer

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Skills and experience

Matt was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2018. Matt joined from FTSE 100 listed multinational building materials distribution company Ferguson plc, where he most recently spent five years as Finance Director for its market-leading US Blended Branches business, based in the USA. Prior to that, Matt held other senior finance roles at Ferguson, including Group Financial Controller and Strategic Planning Manager, and at construction products manufacturer BPB plc. Matt qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG LLP and holds a degree in Engineering Science from The University of Oxford.

Other roles

Matt holds no other listed or non-listed directorships.

PIM VERVAAT

Senior Independent
Non-Executive Director

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Skills and experience

Pim joined the Board as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director in 2020 and brings extensive Board-level international manufacturing experience to the Group. Since 1 July 2020, Pim has been Chief Executive Officer of the leading flexible packaging manufacturer Constantia Flexibles. Previously, he spent 12 years at RPC Group Plc, initially as Chief Financial Officer between 2007 and 2013 and then as Chief Executive Officer between 2013 and 2019. Prior to joining RPC, Pim fulfilled a number of senior finance positions in metals manufacturer Hoogovens and its eventual acquirer, Corus Group. Pim was also Chairman of the Audit Committee and Senior Independent Director of Avon Rubber plc from March 2015 to January 2021.

Other roles

Pim is Chief Executive Officer of Constantia Flexibles.

CAROLINE BROWN

Independent
Non-Executive Director

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Skills and experience

Caroline joined the Board as an independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee in 2016. She has managed divisions of FTSE 100 groups and AIM businesses with international industrial and technology operations and has worked as a corporate finance adviser to governments and corporations with BAML, UBS and HSBC. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants with over 20 years’ experience sitting on the boards of listed companies and has chaired audit committees of listed companies for the past 17 years. She holds a first class degree and PhD in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Master of Business Administration from the City Business School, University of London.

Other roles

Caroline is currently a Non-Executive Director of two other listed companies: Georgia Capital plc and IP Group plc.

TIM SURRIDGE

Independent
Non-Executive Director

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Skills and experience 

Tim joined the Group as an independent Non-Executive Director in 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 LLP UK in 1991 and became a partner in the firm’s Transactional Services business in 2006. Tim has considerable accounting and advisory experience including stock market listings, reverse takeovers, management buyouts and acquisitions. Tim is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Other roles

Tim is currently a Principal at NM Capital.

WILL HOY

Senior Independent
Non-Executive Director

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Skills and experience

Will joined the Group as a Non-Executive Director in 2019. Will most recently held the position of Chief Financial Officer for GKN Aerospace, the UK-headquartered global aerospace technology leader. He has held a number of senior finance roles in a career with GKN that 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.

Other roles

Will holds no other listed or non-listed directorships.

Key to committees

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Remuneration committee
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Audit committee
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Chair
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Nomination committee
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Disclosure committee
Board balance

Gender diversity

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        1. Excluding the Chairman