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Board of directors

Providing leadership to the Group and responsible for promoting the long term sustainable success of the business and to establish the purpose, values and strategy of the business.

Ian Carter (1)

Ian Carter

Ian joined the Group on 1 November 2020 and brings over 30 years of international and retail experience to the Group, having held a number of senior positions at UK and US consumer-facing and luxury companies.   For the last 15 years Ian has been with Hilton Worldwide, joining Hilton International as CEO in London in 2005.  He was an integral part of the senior team that took Hilton Worldwide private and then public in 2013.  Prior to joining Hilton, Ian served as an Officer and President of Black & Decker Corporation.

In addition, Ian has significant non-executive experience having served on a number of boards in the UK and the US, including Burberry Group PLC between 2007 and 2019 where he further developed a deep knowledge and appreciation of the global luxury industry.

Brian Duffy

Brian Duffy

Brian Duffy has served on several boards across the fashion, retail and sports sectors. He has been the CEO of the Group since 2014, and has previously served on the boards of several subsidiaries of Ralph Lauren, as well as the boards of Celtic PLC, and Sara Lee Corporation.

Brian is an ICAS Chartered Accountant and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Anders Romberg

Anders Romberg

Anders Romberg joined the Group in 2014 as Chief Financial Officer. He has over 25 years of senior management experience; most recently at Ralph Lauren he served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Europe Middle East and Africa, and Chief Operating Officer for Asia Pacific. He has previously held senior finance roles at Gillette and Duracell.

Tea Coliaianna

Tea Colaianni

Tea Colaianni was appointed as Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of the Group in December 2018 and Senior Independent Director of the Company in May 2019. Tea has more than 20 years of experience in human resources management.

Tea has previously served on the boards of Bounty Brands Holdings Limited, Mothercare PLC, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals, Poundland Group PLC and Alexandra Palace Trading Company. She was Group Human Resources Director at Merlin Entertainments PLC (2010 to 2016) and Vice President of Human Resources, Europe, of Hilton Hotels Corporation (2002 to 2009).

Tea serves on the boards of DWF Group PLC and SD Worx NV. 

Rosa Monkton

Rosa Monckton

Rosa Monckton has over 20 years of experience in the luxury jewellery and watch sectors, and was appointed as Non-Executive Director of the Group in 2014.

Her experience includes setting up Tiffany & Co in the United Kingdom, and serving as Chief Executive Officer and then Chairman of Asprey & Garrard. She also has experience in the charity sector and campaigns on behalf of disabled children and adults through her role as chairman of Team Domenica.

Robert Moorhead

Robert Moorhead

Robert Moorhead has significant experience in the retail sector. He was appointed as Non-Executive Director of the Group in 2018.

He currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of WH Smith PLC, and was previously Finance Director at Specsavers Optical Group and Finance and IT Director at World Duty Free Europe Limited.

Robert Moorhead is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

Board Roles

  • Leadership and effective governance of the Board
  • Sets the Board agenda
  • Ensures the Board receives sufficient, pertinent, timely and clear information
  • Ensures each Non-Executive Director makes an effective contribution to the Board.
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Group
  • Develops the Group’s strategic objectives for approval by the Board
  • Delivers the strategic and financial objectives in line with the approved strategy
  • Leads the Trading Board and senior management in managing the operational requirements of the business
  • Ensures effective and ongoing communication with shareholders.
  • Gauges the views of the workforce on a regular basis and identifies any areas of concern
  • Ensures the views and concerns of the workforce are taken into account by the Board, particularly when they are making decisions that could affect the workforce
  • Escalates such concerns to the Executive Board or other senior management as appropriate
  • Feeds back to the workforce on what steps have been taken to address their concerns or to explain why particular steps have or have not been taken
  • Ensures the views of the workforce are communicated to the Board
  • Ensures the Board takes appropriate steps to evaluate the impact of proposals and developments on the workforce and considers what steps should be taken to mitigate any adverse impact.
  • Acts as a ‘sounding board’ for the Chairman
  • Leads the Non-Executive Directors in their annual assessment of the Chairman’s performance
  • Available to shareholders if they have concerns which the normal channels through the Chairman, CEO or other Directors have failed to resolve.
  • Provide constructive contribution and challenge to the development of the strategy
  • Monitor the operational and financial performance of management
  • Monitor the integrity of the financial information, financial controls and systems of risk management.
  • Works with the CEO to develop and implement the Group’s strategic objectives
  • Delivers the financial performance of the Group
  • Ensures the Group remains appropriately funded to pursue its strategic objectives
  • Ensures proper financial controls and risk management of the Group and compliance with associated regulation
  • Ensures effective and ongoing communication with shareholders.
  • Supports the Board and its Committees with their responsibilities
  • Advises on regulatory compliance and corporate governance
  • Ensures compliance with the Board’s procedures and with applicable rules and regulations
  • Acts as secretary to the Board and all Committees
  • Communicates with shareholders and organises the AGM.
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