The board of directors has overall responsibility for the Group. Its aim is to represent all stakeholders and to provide leadership and control in order to promote the successful growth and development of the business.

James
McCarthy

Independent 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 retired in July 2016, after 10...

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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 who became the majority shareholder, Simon was able...

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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

Chief Financial Officer

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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Alan
Rigby

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Alan 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 markets....

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Robbie
Bell

Independent Non-Executive Director

Robbie is Chief Financial Officer of Holland & Barrett, Europe’s largest health and wellness retailer. He was formerly CFO of convenience retailer McColl’s Retail Group, prior to which he was Chief Executive Officer of motorway services...

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Jill
Easterbrook

Independent Non-Executive Director

Jill Easterbrook was previously the CEO of Boden, the fashion retailer, having formerly worked at Tesco plc for 15 years in a variety of senior roles including Group Business Transformation Director, Chief Customer Officer, Managing Director...

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Christine
Adshead

Independent Non-Executive Director

Christine Adshead is a former Partner at PwC, where she spent nearly 20 years providing transaction advisory services across a range of corporate activities and a variety of sectors, including retail and consumer goods. She was...

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Barry
Franks

President (non-statutory director role)

Barry Franks served as a Non-Executive Director of Ultimate Products for fifteen years, stepping down from the Board in September 2020. Barry remains with the business as President in recognition of his outstanding and continuing contribution...

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