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Board and Executive Team

Board of Directors

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P J Lawrence Non-Executive Chairman
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Philip was appointed a Non-Executive Director in June 2015 and became Non-Executive Chairman on 1 June 2018. Philip is currently Non-Executive Director of private equity backed Airband Community Internet Limited and a member of the advisory board for the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning, part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (‘BEIS’). Philip was formerly Chief Executive of the Coal Authority, an arm’s-length body of BEIS, before stepping down in May 2018 after 11 years, and prior to this he held significant roles with Marconi plc and Deloitte LLP. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Philip’s experience and expertise spans the key areas of change management leadership, including overseeing the development of organisations and commercialisation, and expansion of customer bases and addressable markets.

Committees - Nomination (Chairman), Remuneration

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S G Wilson Chief Executive and Executive Director
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Steve joined Headlam in 1991 as Group Finance Director and was highly involved in the Company’s acquisitive growth strategy throughout the 1990s, with eight floorcoverings distribution businesses acquired during 1992 and a subsequent acquisition in 1996 resulting in the Company becoming the UK market leader. In 2016, he was appointed Chief Executive and has overseen the move to a more unified operating structure and the implementation of an operational improvement programme to improve performance. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

In addition to his 27 years’ experience within the floorcoverings industry, Steve has also previously held Non-Executive positions within the distribution and healthcare industries. Following his appointment as Chief Executive, he instigated the establishment of dedicated in-house HR and Health and Safety teams.

Steve is nominated as the individual who champions environmental performance at Board level.

Committees – Nomination

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C R Payne Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director
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Chris joined the Company as Chief Financial Officer in 2017. Previously he was at Biffa plc, the UK integrated waste management company, where he was Group Commercial Finance Director with responsibilities including overseeing all the operational finance teams and divisional Finance Directors. Prior to that, Chris held two divisional Finance Director positions at Mitie Group plc. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant having trained with KPMG and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Chris has broad operationally-based finance experience including in the areas of IT and environmental reporting and outputs. He chairs the Company’s Risk Committee, and as part of this remit has lead oversight of the identified risks relating to IT and change management amongst others.

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K G Edelman Independent Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director
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Keith was appointed a Non-Executive Director in October 2018 and was appointed Senior Independent Director on 1 January 2019. Keith is currently Chairman of Revolution Bars Group Plc and Pennpetro Energy Plc, and a Non-Executive Director of the London Legacy Development Corporation and Altitude Group plc. His last executive appointment, which ended in 2009, was Managing Director of Arsenal Holdings Plc where he was responsible for the move from Highbury to Emirates Stadium. Since 2009, Keith has held a number of Non-Executive roles including Superdry Plc, Safestore Plc, Goals Soccer Centres plc, JE Beale Plc and Thorntons Plc.

Keith brings extensive commercial experience to the Board coupled with a background in consumer facing businesses. In his executive career he was a director of consumer, retail and leisure companies including Ladbroke Group Plc, Carlton Communications Plc and Storehouse Plc.

Committees – Audit, Nominations, Remuneration

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A J Aldridge Independent Non-Executive Director
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Amanda was appointed a Non-Executive Director in February 2018 and appointed Chair of the Audit Committee on 1 June 2018. Amanda is currently a Non-Executive Director of Impact Health REIT plc, The Brunner Investment Trust PLC and Low Carbon Contracts Company. Amanda was a partner in KPMG LLP from 1996 until 2017, when she retired from the partnership, having joined the firm in 1984 and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1987. During her 32 years with KPMG LLP, Amanda held a number of strategic and line management roles. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Amanda has significant experience as an external auditor, working predominately with quoted clients in the retail and distribution sectors, and additionally advised quoted companies on corporate transactions and the assessment and remediation of internal controls.

Committees – Audit (Chairman), Nomination, Remuneration

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A L Littley Independent Non-Executive Director
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Alison was appointed a Non-Executive Director in January 2019 and was appointed Chair of the Remuneration Committee on 1 June 2019. She is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Norcros plc, a supplier of high quality and innovative bathroom and kitchen products, a Non-Executive Director at Xaar plc, the inkjet printing technology group, and a Non-Executive Director at Geoffrey Osborne Group. In her executive career, Alison held a variety of senior management positions in Diageo plc and Mars Inc, and was Chief Executive Officer at an agency to HM Treasury.

Alison has substantial experience in multinational manufacturing and supply chain operations, and a strong international leadership background of building effective management teams and third-party relationships. In addition to having recent and relevant remuneration committee and policy experience, she is a representative on the Company’s Employee Forum which acts as the formal workforce advisory panel to the Board.

Committees - Audit, Nomination, Remuneration (Chairman)

Executive Team

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C E Miles Director of Communications
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Catherine was appointed Director of Communications in 2017 having previously been Corporate Broking Director at the stockbroker Arden Partners, where she was an adviser to Headlam. Catherine worked in Corporate Broking for six years advising on transactions and regulatory matters, and raising money for a broad spectrum of public companies predominately in the small and mid-cap space. Prior to this she was Corporate Communications Director and Company Secretary at an AIM listed company, and initially worked in the Financial PR industry.

Catherine is involved in ensuring regulatory compliance and heads up the Company’s investor relations function. She is highly involved in all stakeholder engagement activities, including workforce communications, and additionally heads up the team focused on environmental policy setting, data collation and reporting.

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D A Price Commercial Director
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Darryl has over 25 years’ experience in the floorcoverings industry having joined the Company in 1994. He has extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of the Company’s operations including warehouse and distribution, supplier management, sales and customer service. He has been Commercial Director since 2016 and is responsible for the Company’s global supplier base and product development activities, including in the area of sustainability, and also holds operational oversight of a number of the Company’s UK businesses.

Due to his in-depth supplier base knowledge, Darryl is a member of the operational leadership teams involved in the preparations around the potential impact of Brexit, and the monitoring and prevention of Modern Slavery in the Company’s supply chain.

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S J LaVerne People Director
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Sue was appointed People Director in 2017, joining from E.ON where she had worked since 2009 carrying out various commercial and international HR leadership roles, latterly as HR Director of the global customer solutions division. Sue started her career in retail with commercial and HR appointments including at Marks and Spencer and Arcadia Group. She has broad experience in all areas of HR and has contributed to external bodies, including the Department for Work and Pensions employers steering group focused on giving more disabled people access to work.

Sue established the Company’s dedicated HR function and has been instrumental in implementing the Company’s workforce engagement activities and initiatives, whilst developing the culture and succession planning programmes across the business.

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A Harris UK Operations Director
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Adrian was appointed UK Operations Director in 2019 having previously been Chief Operating Officer at Yodel, one of the UK’s largest delivery companies for B2B and B2C orders serving many of the UK’s leading retailers. Prior to that, Adrian held roles in the areas of logistics, e-commerce fulfilment and supply chain management at Marks and Spencer, Amazon, Tesco and Home Retail Group. He initially spent 10 years in the Royal Logistic Corps of the British Army, latterly as a Major.

Adrian has brought important additional skills and areas of expertise to the Executive Team, particularly in the areas of logistics, customer insight and e-commerce, and heads up the Company’s operational leadership team and operational improvement programme. As part of his remit, he is the day-to-day overseer of the Company’s health and safety activities and a member of the teams dedicated to Brexit preparations and sustainability.

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K Atterbury Company Secretary
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Karen was appointed Company Secretary in 2019. Previously she was Deputy Company Secretary of Barratt Developments PLC, and prior to this held various company secretarial roles including Company Secretary of Dixons Carphone PLC and Deputy Company Secretary of Dixons Retail. Karen is a qualified Chartered Secretary and governance professional within listed companies, and has extensive transactional, compliance and corporate governance experience. She is an Associate of the Chartered Governance Institute.

Karen is focused on governance and compliance in all areas of the Company’s activities and operations. She additionally manages the Company’s property portfolio, insurance, and pension administration.