Board of Directors

The Board is fully committed to promote high standards of corporate governance as well as understanding the need for an effective, challenging and diverse board in order for the company to deliver its strategy.

Executive Chairman

Brendan M Hynes MBA, FCMA

Brendan joined the Company as Non-Executive Chairman on 1st July 2013. He is also currently the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Churchill China plc, Non-Executive Director of private, online education business “Webexaminer”; and a member of the Criticaleye Advisory Board. He was CEO of Nichols plc from 2007 to 2013 having previously been Group Finance Director. He has plc main board experience across a range of other sectors including TMT, retail, consumer goods, buildings and automotive. Previous roles have included Executive Director at Knowledge Management Software plc and Group Finance Director at William Baird plc a branded clothing business and Director of the Consumer, Retail and Distribution (CRD) practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers advising Times 100 companies. Brendan chairs the Nomination Committee and is a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees.

Non-Executive Director

Roger McDowell

Roger was reappointed to the Board in March 2012 having previously served as a Non-Executive Director from July 2011 to January 2012. Roger is an experienced director of over 30 years' standing: he led the Oliver Ashworth Group through dramatic growth, main market listing and sale to St. Gobain, following which he was appointed to a number of non-executive roles, including chairmanships in both public and private equity backed businesses. He won The Sunday Times AIM Non-executive Director of the Year award in 2017 for his Chairmanship of Avingtrans Plc, a precision engineering business. Roger’s portfolio also includes Chairmanships of Hargreaves Services PLC and Non-executive Directorships of Tribal Group plc, Thinksmart plc, Proteome Sciences Plc, Augean plc, and British Smaller Cos VCT II plc.

Non-Executive Director

Edward Beale

Edward joined the Company as a Non-Executive Director on 1 July 2014. Mr Beale is a Chartered Accountant and is the Finance Director of Marshall Monteagle plc. He is a member, previously chairman, of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Quoted Companies Alliance. He was a member of the Accounting Standards Board of the Financial Reporting Council for six years to 31st August 2013. He is a non-executive director of London Finance & Investment Group P.L.C., Western Selection P.L.C., Heartstone Inns Limited, and some of their subsidiary and associated companies. Edward chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.