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Directors and Senior Management

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

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

The Directors meet on a regular basis throughout the year.

GAVIN MANSON
Chairman
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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), having previously been a Non-Executive Director. Gavin is a Director of Meallmore Limited. 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 Disclosure Committee.

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ALAN CLARK
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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DAVID LIS
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 the Chair of the Remuneration Committee, a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee.

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ANDREW BLURTON
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 as the Chair of the Liberty Defined Benefit Pension Scheme. Previously, Andrew has held positions as the Finance Director of MWB Group Plc, 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 previously qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1975.

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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STEPHEN WELKER
Chairman-designate & 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.

Stephen is the Chair of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Disclosure Committee.

Senior Management

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JULIE McEWAN
Interim Chief Executive Officer

Julie was appointed as Interim Chief Executive Officer in January 2023, having joined Fridays as Chief Operating Officer in March 2022. Julie has held several senior roles within the hospitality industry, starting her career at Whitbread as Operations Manager for Premier Inn. Her previous roles have also included leading the Flaming Grill brand and managing their conversion programme. Julie’s last role was at The Big Table Group, where she was Brand Director of Las Iguanas, the Latin American brand, where she worked for over 5 years. Julie was also voted one of the top 100 Women to Watch and Advocates for Change in Hospitality 2020.

Julie is a member of the Disclosure Committee.

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ROBERT HENRY
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.

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