Board of Directors

Hostmore’s Board of Directors oversees the management teams’ execution of strategy and the delivery of objectives, within a robust framework of prudent and effective corporate governance, risk management and internal controls.

The Board provides leadership and manages the company in a manner that meets its obligations to shareholders and broader stakeholders and supports the creation of long-term value.

The Board meets on a regular basis throughout the year.

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Gavin was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in 2021 and as Chairman in 2022. Gavin is currently acting as an Executive Director of Unbound Group PLC (formerly Electra Private Equity PLC) on an interim basis, having previously been a Non-Executive Director. Prior to Electra Private Equity PLC being renamed as Unbound Group PLC, Gavin held the role of Chief Financial and Operating Officer at Electra, which Gavin joined in 2016.  TGI Fridays was a portfolio business of Electra and Gavin was a Director of the then holding company of TGI Fridays. Prior to Electra, Gavin was the Finance Director of Thomas Cook Group’s tour operator and hotels and resorts division for three years. He was the Finance Director at Premier Farnell Plc, the FTSE 250 international electronic component distribution and software business, for five years. Prior to that, Gavin worked at Merck GmbH group as the Finance Director for Seven Seas Ltd before becoming Finance Director of the Merck Consumer Healthcare division in UK and Ireland, and latterly leading the consolidation of the back-office activities of Merck’s four operating divisions across the UK and Ireland. Gavin began his career with KPMG and is a chartered accountant.
Gavin is Chair of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Disclosure Committee.

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Chief Executive Officer

Robert was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2021 and has been Chief Executive Officer of Thursdays (UK) Limited (trading as Fridays) since December 2019. Robert has 30 years’ experience in the hospitality and leisure industries, with expertise in driving brand value and growth and bringing cross-sector ideas from his 13 years of hotelier experience to other environments. From 2004 to 2012, Robert was Chief Executive Officer of Malmaison and Hotel du Vin and spent three years as Chief Executive Officer of De Vere Hotels and Resorts. He served as Chief Operating Officer of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, before moving away from hotels and becoming Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Active UK in 2016. Robert is a director of Occuypd Limited (trading as Obvlo), a new hospitality infotech company, and Cookie Jar (Alnwick) Ltd, the principal activity of which is operating The Cookie Jar, a small luxury boutique hotel in Alnwick, Northumberland. Robert was awarded the Freedom of the City of London and is a Master Innholder. He was recognised as Manager of the Year by The Catey Awards in 2006 and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Robert Gordon University for his contribution to the hotel industry.

Robert is Chair of the Disclosure Committee.

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Chief Financial Officer

Alan was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2021. Alan joined Thursdays (UK) Limited (trading as Fridays) as Chief Finance Officer in March 2020. Alan has spent the majority of his career in the hotel industry in financial leadership roles, with national and international exposure across boutique and all-inclusive luxury brands, and experience in driving customer engagement from a financial and operational perspective. Alan joined Fridays from his previous role as Chief Financial Officer at D&D London. Alan spent several years abroad, serving as Chief Financial Officer at the publicly listed Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels from 2014 to 2015, and then at Sandals Resorts in Jamaica from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that, he was Finance Director at Rocco Forte Hotels and Malmaison and Hotel du Vin for four years each respectively, and Deputy VP Finance, Europe, at Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts.

Alan is a member of the Disclosure Committee.

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Senior Independent Director

David was appointed Senior Independent Director in 2021. David was the Senior Independent Director of Electra Private Equity Plc from 2018 to 2021, after joining the company as a Director in May 2016. David is the Chairman of Wild Life Group Limited, the Senior Non-Executive Director of Melrose Industries plc and a Non-Executive Director of Dowgate Capital Limited and has previously held non-executive director positions at BCA Marketplace plc and the Multifamily Housing REIT plc. David has held several senior executive roles at Aviva Investors, including Chief Investment Officer of Equities and Multi Assets. Prior to Aviva, David spent a number of years as Head of Investor Relations at Ludgate Communications. Earlier in his career, he co-founded Windsor Investment Management, and spent a number of years as a fund manager at both Morgan Grenfell and J Rothschild Investment Management.
David is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, a member of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

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Non-Executive Director

Jane was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director in 2021. Jane is currently a Non-Executive Director of each of DFS Furniture Plc and, pursuant to a consulting role she holds with AustralianSuper Pty Ltd, King’s Cross Central General Partnership Limited, and has served previously as a Non-Executive Director of EI Group, the UK's largest pub company, and of Smart Energy GB, a role elected by the Retail Energy Industry. Jane has a strong customer background spanning marketing, commercial, digital and people leadership in FTSE 50 companies. During her executive career, Jane spent over 30 years in global positions with British Airways, InterContinental Hotels Group and Centrica and most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer for Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) plc and as a Marketing Advisor in private equity.

Jane is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, a member of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

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Non-Executive Director

Andrew was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director in 2021. Andrew is currently the Finance Director of Advanced Living Limited. Andrew also holds positions as the Chair of the governing body of Longacre School in Surrey and Chair of the Liberty Defined Benefit Pensions Scheme. Previously, Andrew has held positions as the Chief Financial Officer of Landmark Limited and as the chairman of Manroy Plc. Andrew has been a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales for over 38 years, having qualified as a fellow in 1982.

Andrew is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, a member of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

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Non-Executive Director

Louise was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director in 2021. Louise is currently Chief Operating Officer of the Pets at Home Vets Group. Louise joined the Pets at Home Group in 2004 as Group Legal Director and Company Secretary, and subsequently held the roles of Chief People and Legal Officer and Company Secretary from 2017 to 2019 and Chief People and Culture Officer from 2019 to 2022. Louise was also the Chair and a Trustee of the charity, the Pets at Home Foundation, from 2004 until her resignation in 2022. Louise is a qualified solicitor having graduated from Nottingham University with an LLB (Hons) Law and started her legal career at CMS Cameron McKenna as a trainee solicitor in 1997. After qualifying as a Corporate solicitor in 1999, Louise later moved to DLA Piper LLP and held the role of associate in the Corporate Team.
Louise is Chair of the Remuneration Committee, a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee.

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Non-Executive Director

Stephen was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in 2022.  He is currently a Partner in Sherborne Investors Management LP and leads the firm’s research function as the Director of Research. Stephen was previously a Non-Executive Director of Electra Private Equity PLC from July 2019 to November 2021 and was a Director of Mondays (Topco) Limited, the then-holding company of the TGI Fridays trading business, from June 2017 to November 2021.  He was an advisor to F&C Asset Management plc from 2011 to 2013.  Prior to joining Sherborne Investors, Stephen worked at Morgan Stanley on both real estate investment banking and principal investment transactions.

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General Counsel & Company Secretary

Robert was appointed as General Counsel and Company Secretary to the Board in 2021 after joining Fridays in April 2021 as Head of Legal. Prior to this, Robert was a Senior Associate at Dentons, and has further private practice experience from his time at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Robert’s previous in-house roles include being a Managing Legal Counsel at John Wood Group plc and being a Senior Legal Counsel and the Group Ethics Officer at both Amec Foster Wheeler plc and AMEC plc.

Robert is a member of the Disclosure Committee.

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