Peter Cowgill

Peter Cowgill

Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Nomination Committee

Peter was appointed Executive Chairman in March 2004. He was previously Finance Director of the Group until his resignation in June 2001. Peter Cowgill is the Non-Executive Chairman of United Carpets Group Plc, Quiz Plc and Roxor Group Limited. Peter is a chartered accountant and founder of North West based accountancy firm, Cowgill Holloway. In 2019, Peter was awarded an honouree doctorate (Doctor of Business Administration) from the University of Bolton for his outstanding contribution to business.

Neil Greenhalgh

Neil Greenhalgh

Chief Financial Officer

Neil joined the Group in June 2004 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in November 2018 having been promoted from his previous role as Group Finance Director. Neil previously held a number of senior positions within the Woolworths Group and qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 1996.

Martin Davies

Martin Davies

Non-Executive Director, Senior Independent Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee and Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees

Martin was appointed to the Board in October 2012. Martin also holds the position of Chairman of Sentric Music Limited. He was previously Group Chief Executive of Holidaybreak Plc from 2010 until its sale to Cox and Kings Limited in 2011. He joined the Board of Holidaybreak Plc in 2007 when it acquired PGL where he had been Chief Executive. He left Holidaybreak Plc in 2012. Previously, he has had roles at Allied Breweries, Kingfisher and Woolworths.

Andrew Leslie

Andrew Leslie

Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Member of the Audit and Nomination Committees

Andrew was appointed to the Board in May 2010. He has over 40 years of experience in the retail, footwear and apparel sectors. He was an Executive Board Director of Pentland Brands Plc, from which he retired in 2008. Andrew also held a number of senior positions with British Shoe Corporation, The Burton Group Plc and Timpson Shoes Limited.

Heather Jackson

Heather Jackson

Non-Executive Director, Member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees

Heather was appointed to the Board in May 2015. Heather has extensive experience in IT and change management. Heather is currently Managing Director at Actinista 2016 Limited and a Non-Executive Director of Ikano Bank AB, Skipton Building Society and Ditto Group Limited. Her former roles have included CIO and COO of HBOS Plc and other director level roles with Capital One, Boots the Chemist and George at Asda.

Andy Rubin

Andy Rubin

Non-Executive Director

Andy was appointed to the Board in February 2016. Andy is Chairman of Pentland Brands, a Director of Pentland Group Plc and the European Vice-President of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry.

Kath Smith

Kath Smith

Non-Executive Director

Kath was appointed to the Board in May 2019. Kath was previously the GM / Vice President of The North Face EMEA, a VF Corporation company. She has over 30 years' experience of building world leading brands including Mars and Diageo and 20 years' experience within the sporting goods industry where she was Managing Director of both the adidas and Reebok brands. Kath has also served as a co-opted member of the University of Salford’s Audit Committee from 2012 to 2014.