Directors

The Board of Directors of Ultimate Products concentrates on creating and maintaining long–term strategies, ensuring that the Company always acts in an ethical and responsible manor, meets and exceeds performance targets, and achieves sustainable success. The brief resumés below provide some insight into how we do business.

James McCarthy

(Non-Executive Chairman)

James has over 40 years’ experience in the fast-moving retail industry, having previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Poundland Group plc (“Poundland”), a single price retailer. He stepped down in July 2016, after...

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Simon Showman

(Chief Executive Officer)

Simon began his career working for an auctioneer before founding Ultimate Products in 1997. Initially a clearance business buying discontinued and excess stock, with investment from Barry Franks, Simon was able to grow the business into...

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Andrew Gossage

(Managing Director)

Andrew is a chartered accountant and started his career with Arthur Andersen where he held positions in audit and transaction support. In 1998, he transferred into industry, taking on the role of Finance Director & General...

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Graham Screawn

(Finance Director)

Graham is a chartered accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He started his career with KPMG where he began working in audit and latterly moved to tax advisory roles. In 1995, he made...

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Robbie Bell

(Independent Non-Executive Director)

Since 2009, Robbie has been the Chief Financial Officer of Screwfix Direct Limited. Here he has overseen strong business growth, of more than £0.5bn to over £1bn, driven by thirteen consecutive quarters of double-digit LFL growth...

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Alan Rigby

(Senior Independent Non-Executive Director )

Alan has spent the majority of his working career at HSBC plc, joining in 1975 and gaining broad experience through a range of management positions including credit and risk, retail, commercial, large corporate and global banking...

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Barry Franks

(Non-Executive Director)

Barry Franks has 50 years’ experience in the retail and wholesale trade. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was Managing Director of Parker & Franks, a North West based retailer and wholesaler with 35 stores and...

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