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

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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Robbie
Bell

Independent Non-Executive Director

Having been appointed Chief Finance Officer at Welcome Break Group in 2017, Robbie has since been promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, and since 2009, he had been the Chief Financial Officer of Screwfix...

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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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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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