Andrew Higginson

Non-Executive Chairman

Appointed a Director on 3 July 2012 and became Chairman on 1 September 2012. Having started his career in consumer products with Unilever and Guinness, Andrew spent 22 years as an Executive Director of retail companies, first with Laura Ashley Holdings, then The Burton Group, and for fifteen years, on the board of Tesco Plc. At Tesco, he was Group Finance and Strategy Director for eleven years, then CEO of Retailing Services for four years where he was responsible for businesses including Tesco.com and Tesco Bank. He is also Chairman of Morrisons Supermarkets Plc, and a Non-Executive Director of Woolworths Za (South Africa), McCurrach Ltd, and the Rugby Football Union.

Angela Spindler

Chief Executive

Appointed Chief Executive in July 2013. Previously CEO of The Original Factory Shop since 2009, and prior to this Managing Director of Debenhams and George at Asda. Angela began her career in sales and marketing roles at Cadburys, Coca Cola and Mars.

Craig Lovelace

Group Chief Financial Officer

Appointed in May 2015. Formerly Group Chief Financial Officer for General Healthcare Group Ltd since 2011 and prior to this, held a number of senior UK and International finance roles at Regus Plc, Electronic Arts Inc and PwC. Fellow of the ICAEW.

Lord Alliance of Manchester CBE

Non-Executive Director

Appointed a Director and Chairman in 1968. Stood down as Chairman on 1 September 2012. Formerly Chairman of Coats Viyella Plc. He is also a Director of a number of private companies, and was appointed a life peer in 2004.

Ivan Fallon

Non-Executive Director

Appointed a Director in 1994 and Deputy Chairman in 1 March 2009. He was Chief Executive of Independent News & Media (UK) until March 2010 and a leading financial journalist.

Ron McMillan

Non-Executive Director

Appointed a Director on 1 April 2013. Ron is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of B&M Value Retail SA, 888 Holdings Plc and SCS Plc. Previously he was the Deputy Chairman of PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the Middle East and Northern Regional Chairman of the UK firm.

Fiona Laird

Non-Executive Director

Appointed a Director on 1 April 2013. Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Unilever Plc. She has served in numerous human resources, compensation & benefits, labour relations, communications and change manager roles globally for Unilever since joining the company in 1991.

Lesley Jones

Non-Executive Director

Retired from executive life in January 2014 after 30 years in relationship and risk management at Citigroup and latterly as Chief Credit Officer for RBS Group Plc from 2008 through January 2014. Appointed as Non-Executive Director and Board Risk Committee Chair at Close Brothers in December 2013 and a Non-Executive Director of N Brown Plc in October 2014.

Theresa Casey

Company Secretary

Joined the company in January 2015. Admitted as a solicitor in 1997, Theresa has held a number of legal and company secretarial roles in the financial services and retail sectors, including the Co-operative Bank, Shop Direct, La Redoute and Brown Shipley Private Bank.