Board and senior management 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 and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees and Chairman of the Audit Committee in June 2015, and was subsequently appointed Non-Executive Chairman and a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees with effect from 1 June 2018. Philip is the former Chief Executive of the Coal Authority, which on behalf of the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy manages the legacy of mining and safeguards the public, restores the environment and stimulates economic growth in mining areas. He stepped down as Chief Executive of the Coal Authority in May 2018 after 11 years, and previously held significant roles with Marconi plc and Deloitte. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Committees – Audit, Nomination, Remuneration

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S G Wilson Chief Executive
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Steve was appointed Chief Executive on 14 September 2016, having up to that date been the Group Finance Director, a position he had held since joining the business in December 1991.

Steve is a Non-Executive Director of Conviviality Plc and, until his retirement from their board on 22 September 2010, was the Non-Executive Chairman of Synergy Health plc, which delivers outsourced services to healthcare providers. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Committees – Nominations

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C R Payne Chief Financial Officer
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Chris was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 13 September 2017.

Chris joined the Company from Biffa plc, a leading UK integrated waste management company, where he was Group Commercial Finance Director and his responsibilities included overseeing all the operational finance teams and divisional Finance Directors. Chris started at Biffa plc in July 2013 as Finance Director of the Industrial and Commercial Division, and was previously at Mitie Group plc, the facilities management and consultancy company, between January 2008 and July 2013 where he held two divisional Finance Director positions.

He is a qualified Chartered Accountant having trained with KPMG and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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A K Eastgate Senior Independent Director
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Andrew was appointed a Non-Executive Director in May 2010 at which time he was appointed a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nominations Committees. He is the Chairman of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees and Senior Independent Director. Andrew is a solicitor and was formerly a Partner in Pinsents, including being head of Pinsents’ corporate practice in Birmingham.

Andrew has broad experience of advising quoted companies, particularly in connection with transactions and compliance issues. He is Chairman of Epwin Group Plc, the AIM listed manufacturer of low maintenance building products, and Non-Executive Director of Castings PLC, an established iron castings and machining group based in the UK and supplying overseas. Andrew is also an experienced commercial mediator.

Committees – Audit, Nominations (Chairman), Remuneration (Chairman)

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A J Aldridge Non-Executive Director
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Amanda was appointed a Non-Executive Director and a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees in February 2018, and subsequently assumed the position of Chairman of the Audit Committee with effect from 1 June 2018. 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. She has significant experience as an external auditor, working predominately with quoted clients in the retail and distribution sectors. Amanda has also advised quoted companies on corporate transactions and the assessment and remediation of internal controls, and held a number of strategic and line management roles during her 32 years with KPMG LLP. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Committees – Audit (Chairman), Nomination, Remuneration

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K G Edelman Non-Executive Director
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Keith was appointed a Non-Executive Director in October 2018, and will be appointed Senior Independent Director on 1 January 2019.  Keith brings extensive commercial experience coupled with a background in consumer facing businesses.

Keith is currently Chairman of Revolution Bars Group Plc and Pennpetro Energy Plc, and a Non-Executive Director of the London Legacy Development Corporation, Superdry Plc and Altitude Group plc.  In his executive career he was a director of consumer, retail and leisure companies including Ladbroke Group Plc, Carlton Communications Plc, and Storehouse 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 Safestore Plc, Goals Soccer Centres plc, JE Beale Plc and Thorntons Plc

Committees – Audit, Nominations, Remuneration

Senior management team

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D A Price Commercial Director
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Darryl was appointed Commercial Director in September 2016 assuming operational responsibility for the majority of the Company’s UK businesses.

Darryl joined the Company in February 1994 as Sales Office Manager at Thatcham before progressing to Operations Director at Thatcham. From January 2003 to November 2015, he was the Commercial Director responsible for the businesses in Coleshill. In November 2015 he was appointed to the Senior Management team at which time he took operational responsibility for an increased number of the Company’s UK businesses.

Darryl has 24 years’ experience in the floorcoverings industry.

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C E Miles Director of Communications
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Catherine was appointed Director of Communications in January 2017.

Catherine was previously Corporate Broking Director at the stockbroker Arden Partners, where she was an adviser to Headlam.

Catherine worked in Corporate Broking for six years advising, and raising money for, a broad spectrum of public companies predominately in the small and mid-cap space. Prior to this she was the Corporate Communications Director and Company Secretary at an AIM listed natural resources company, and initially worked in the Financial PR industry.

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S J LaVerne People Director
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Sue was appointed People Director in October 2017, and heads up the HR Department.

Sue joined Headlam from E.ON, one of the world’s largest utility companies, where she worked between 2009 and 2017 carrying out various International HR leadership roles, latterly as HR Director of E.ON’s global customer solutions division focused on bringing new energy solutions to B2B and B2C customers.

Sue started her career in retail with commercial and HR appointments at Marks and Spencer, Arcadia Group and Adams Childrenswear. Sue has broad experience in all areas of HR and has contributed to many external bodies, including as Chair of the Department for Work and Pensions employers steering group focused on giving more disabled people access to work.