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Founded the company in 1979, having previously studied law at Nottingham University and qualified as a barrister. He became chairman in 1983.
Chief Executive Officer
Joined in 1991 and was appointed to the board in 1996. He is a graduate of Exeter University and previously worked with Allied Domecq.
Joined in 1999 and was appointed to the board in 2014. He is a graduate of Durham University and qualified as a chartered management accountant in 2012.
Personnel and Legal Director
Joined in 1991 and was appointed to the board in 2008. She is a graduate of South Bank University and London Guildhall University and previously worked for Courage Limited and Allied Leisure.
Company Secretary and Head of Legal
Joined in 2009 and was appointed Company Secretary in 2014. He is a graduate of Newcastle University and qualified as a solicitor in 1997.
Debra van Gene
Appointed to the board in 2006 and is chair of the remuneration committee and a member of the audit and nomination committees. She is a graduate of Oxford University.
She was a Commissioner with the Judicial Appointments Commission. She was a partner at Heidrick and Struggles Inc and previously ran her own executive search firm.
Sir Richard Beckett
Appointed to the board in 2009 and is chair of the nomination committee and a member of the audit and remuneration committees. He was called to the bar in 1965 and took silk in 1987.
He was one of the pre-eminent practitioners in regulatory and licensing matters.
Appointed to the board in 2016 and is chair of the audit committee and a member of the nomination and remuneration committees. He is a graduate of Oxford University.
He is a non-executive director of The Mercantile Investment Trust plc, TheWorks.co.uk plc and of Cadogan Group Limited and its related subsidiary companies
He is also a trustee of the Ascot Authority. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1991.
Appointed to the board in 2020 and is a member of the audit, remuneration and nomination committees as well being the company’s senior independent director.
He qualified as a solicitor in 1985 specialising in corporate law. He subsequently moved into investment banking in 1987 and has over 30 years’ experience of advising corporates, including, whilst at Kleinwort Benson, J D Wetherspoon plc, on a wide range of capital markets and corporate finance issues.
He has subsequently held senior advisory posts at GCA Altium and Panmure Gordon.
He is currently a managing director at WH Ireland.