Board and senior management team

Board of directors

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R W Peters Non-Executive Chairman
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Dick was appointed Chairman of Headlam Group plc on 1 September 2013 following the resignation of Graham Waldron, having been appointed a Non-Executive Director in December 2005. Prior to his appointment as Chairman he had been the Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is a Director and Chairman of Headlam Pension Trustees Limited, the corporate trustee for the defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes.

Dick was formerly Senior Partner for the East Midlands practice of Deloitte & Touche in Nottingham, and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has considerable experience of auditing large companies, both UK and overseas, transactional support and project management activities.

Committees – Audit, Nominations, 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 R Judge Chief Operating Officer
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Tony Judge was appointed Chief Operating Officer on 14 September 2016, and at 31 March 2017 was appointed to the Board of Directors of Headlam Group plc.

Tony joined the Company in May 1992 as the Managing Director of Florco, becoming the Commercial Director for the European businesses in 2000- 2001, and in 2001 the Commercial Director of the Coleshill businesses. In 2005, in addition to Coleshill, he was appointed Managing Director of the Tamworth businesses and took operational responsibility for the Thatcham and Stockport businesses in 2012 and Gildersome in 2015. In September 2016, his role expanded to include responsibility for all operational matters.

Tony has 35 years’ experience in the floorcoverings industry.

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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, and is Chairman of Epwin Group Plc, the AIM listed manufacturer of low maintenance building products. He is also an experienced commercial mediator.

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

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P J Lawrence Non-Executive Director
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Philip was appointed a Non-Executive Director in June 2015 at which time he was appointed a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees and Chairman of the Audit Committee. Philip is the Chief Executive of the Coal Authority, which on behalf of the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy manages the effects of past coal mining, including subsidence damage claims, mine water pollution and other mining legacy issues. Prior to this, he held significant roles with Marconi plc and Deloitte & Touche. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Committees – Audit (Chairman), Nominations, Remuneration

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A J Aldridge Non-Executive Director
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Amanda was appointed a Non-Executive Director in February 2018 at which time she was appointed a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nominations Committees. 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, 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.

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S L Ward Company Secretary and Legal Counsel
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Sarah was appointed Company Secretary in October 2017.

Sarah brings a wealth of experience in corporate transactions, leasing and landlord relationships, planning and construction projects, and is a qualified solicitor having practised law for over 19 years.

Sarah qualified as a corporate lawyer spending a number of years at Eversheds in Birmingham where she specialised in advising public companies. She was then a partner and head of the Corporate Department at a top 100 national firm before moving to Bicester Village where she managed the legal function. Sarah joined Headlam from UK Power Reserve, a business which develops and operates power plants, where she was General Counsel.