Dennis has been Chairman of the Group since 28 May 2009. His former appointments include Chief Financial Officer of Cookson Group plc, Finance Director of Medeva plc and Premier Farnell plc.
He has broad commercial and financial experience in the retail, service, distribution and manufacturing sectors in the UK and internationally. Dennis is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town.
He is also Non-Executive Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of Pets at Home Group Plc and holds the roles of Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee at Debenhams plc.
Group Chief Executive
Jill was previously CEO, UK & President, North West Division, Europe for McDonald's Corporation. Her responsibilities at McDonald's encompassed around 3,300 owned and franchised restaurants across seven countries, more than 500 franchisees and over 200,000 colleagues. Jill began her career in 1987 at Colgate Palmolive and joined British Airways in 1990, where she worked for 16 years.
She brings outstanding business leadership, particularly with regard to customer service and colleague engagement in a consumer facing business. She is a Non-Executive Director for Intercontinental Hotels Group plc.
Chief Financial Officer
Prior to his appointment, Andrew was Director of Finance, Tax and Treasury at Marks and Spencer Group plc. Prior to this, he held senior finance roles at the London Stock Exchange and at Cable and Wireless, both in the UK and US. Andrew qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand.
Andrew has a track record in retail and other competitive, consumer and business facing industries. Andrew has experience of: operational and commercial finance; refinancing and pension scheme funding; bid defence; non-merchandise procurement; shared services; financial accounting, tax and audit.
Senior Independent Director
David was Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive of House of Fraser plc until 2006, then Executive Chairman of Jessops plc, becoming Non-Executive Chairman in 2007. In addition, he has held several Executive and Non-Executive roles in over 25 years in retailing including 10 years as a plc Finance Director.
David is currently Chairman of Conviviality Retail plc, Ecovision Ltd, Park Cameras Ltd and Walk the Walk (a breast cancer charity) and is Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Hornby plc and Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Fevertree Drinks plc.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Claudia was previously the Group Managing Director, Digital at EMAP until late 2010. Prior to this she was Director of the Enterprise and Growth Unit at HM Treasury. She has also worked as an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, FT.Com and Mckinsey, and was Managing Director of TheStreet.co.uk. Claudia brings extensive experience of strategy formulation and business development.
Claudia is Chairman of Public Data Group, Deputy Chairman of Telecity Group PLC, and a Non-Executive Director of Derwent London Plc and the Premier League. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Shareholder Executive.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Helen is currently a senior executive at Caffé Nero. Helen was the CEO of the Zizzi Restaurants group and was also responsible for successfully launching the Ben & Jerry brand in the UK and Europe.
Helen brings valuable and relevant marketing and branding experience in consumer focused businesses.
Key to Committee Membership