Board of Directors

Chairman

John was appointed as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director in September 2010, and subsequently as Chairman in December 2015.

Skills and experience
John brings extensive experience from the gaming and betting industry having previously been a Board member of a number of betting companies. With over 30 years’ experience as a director in a wide range of leisure companies, John also has a wealth of experience to draw from in his role as Chairman and leader of the Board.

Career experience
Founder and Chief Executive of Gala Coral Group having led a management buy-in from Bass Plc in 1997 and subsequently became Chairman. After founding Gala Coral, he was a Board member at Mecca Leisure Limited, the Chairman of Trainline.com and Chairman of Novus Leisure Limited. He was also a Board member of The Prince of Wales’ Business in the Community Charity.

Other roles
Chairman of Kings Park Capital LLP Advisory Board and Kings Park Capital LLP Investment Committee and co-founder of Dunelmia Partners LLP.

Committee membership
Nomination Committee (Chairman) and Remuneration Committee.

Chief Executive Officer

Jim was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in April 2015 and a director in May 2015.

Skills and experience
Jim’s extensive experience in the gaming and betting industry, particularly online gaming, brings valuable insight to lead the Group and implement the strategy to grow our recreational customer base and build scale.

Career experience
Joined Ladbrokes in November 2013 as Managing Director of the Digital business. Prior to joining Ladbrokes, Jim was Chief Operating Officer for William Hill’s Digital operations for three years and held senior positions at the Murray Group, Arc Worldwide and News International where he was Director of Digital Strategy.

Other roles
None.

Committee membership
None.

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Christine was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director in May 2012 and as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director in December 2015.

Skills and experience
Christine has extensive experience in business leadership, finance, accounting and technology having worked in a number of international organisations. This brings valuable experience to Board and Committee discussions.

Career experience
Christine was a senior manager at Coopers & Lybrand and the Corporate Development Director of Ronson plc before joining Capgemini, where she has held various UK and global roles including CEO of Technology Services North West Europe and CFO of Global Outsourcing.

Other roles
Chairman of Capgemini UK and Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered PLC. Christine is a Board member of The Prince of Wales’ Business in the Community Charity and sits on the Audit Committee of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.

Committee membership
Audit Committee, Nomination Committee, Remuneration Committee and Social Responsibility Committee.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Sly was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director in November 2009.

Skills and experience
Sly brings extensive skills and experience in media, marketing and sales along with broad business experience gained as both a senior executive and non-executive director in various public and private companies and charitable organisations. She also has experience as a director in the successful sale and purchase of a number of businesses.

Career experience
Chief Executive of Trinity Mirror plc and Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of the Press Association. Sly also held senior positions with IPC Media Limited, including Chief Executive, and was also Senior Independent Director and Remuneration Committee Chairman of EMI plc, Non-Executive Director of Littlewoods Plc, President of NewstrAid and Governor of the English National Ballet School.

Other roles
Non-Executive Director of Greencore Group plc and the London Real Estate Exchange.

Committee membership
Social Responsibility Committee (Chairman), Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee.

Independent Non-Executive Director

David was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director in October 2013.

Skills and experience
David has a wealth of experience leading and building a highly successful major pan-European growth business from a strong UK base in regulated and non-regulated markets, involving multiple M&A activity, change management in labour intensive operations and contract and stakeholder management across many differing cultures.

Career experience
Chief Executive of Arriva plc, having previously been Deputy Chief Executive and Group Managing Director of its International business. David joined Arriva plc on its acquisition of British Bus plc and became a Board member. He was previously involved in the acquisition of National Express and subsequent management buy-outs leading to the creation of British Bus Group Limited. Prior to joining the bus industry, he held various senior financial positions, including Financial Director of Holyhead Group.

Other roles
Director of Arriva plc.

Committee membership
Remuneration Committee (Chairman), Audit Committee, and Nomination Committee.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Richard was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director in May 2012.

Skills and experience
Richard is a digital entrepreneur and brings over 15 years of digital industry experience. Having worked in the London technology sector since 2000, Richard has been featured in the ‘Wired 100’ and ‘Media Guardian 100’ lists, was named amongst the Telegraph Newspaper’s ‘1,000 Most Powerful People in British Business’, and was ranked in the Guardian Newspaper’s top 10 most influential people in digital media.

Career experience
Founder of Moo.com. Prior to this, he worked for the design company, Imagination, sorted.com and the BBC.

Other roles
Chief Executive of Moo.com, a member of the Government’s Tech City Advisory Group, the Young Presidents Organisation and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Committee membership
Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mark Pain was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director in December 2015.

Skills and experience
Mark brings a range of skills and experience in financial management, strategic planning, business leadership and change. He also has over 17 years’ experience as a board director in a number of sectors.

Career experience
Held senior executive and board positions at Abbey National plc, was Group Finance Director of Barratt Developments PLC and has also been a Non-Executive Director on the boards of LSL Property Services plc, Punch Taverns plc and Spirit Pub Group plc.

Other roles
Chairman and a non-executive of London Square Developments Limited, Senior Independent Director of Johnston Press Plc, a Non-Executive Director of the Yorkshire Building Society and Aviva Insurance Ltd and a Trustee of Somerset House.

Committee membership
Audit Committee (Chairman) and Nomination Committee.

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