Board of Directors


Peter Erskine was appointed Chairman of Ladbrokes on 15 May 2009, having served as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman designate since 1 January 2009. Peter was Chairman and Chief Executive of O2 until January 2008 and is a Non-Executive Director of Telefónica. Prior to this he held senior positions with BT (1993 to 2001), UNITEL and Mars. He is a member of the Telecoms and IT Advisory Boards of Macquarie Bank and Apax Private Equity and is a member of the Advisory Board on Strategy of Henley Management College.

Chief Executive

Richard Glynn was appointed a director and Chief Executive with effect from 22 April 2010. He was Chairman of Sporting Index from November 2008 to April 2010, having been Chief Executive from 2001. In January 2009 Richard founded Alinsky Partners, where he worked with management, financial institutions and investors to effect transformation. Richard began his career as a solicitor with City law firm SJ Berwin and specialised in management buyouts and sport as a partner at solicitors K&L Gates (formerly Nicholson, Graham and Jones). Prior to joining Sporting Index, Richard was Group Managing Director of business to business communications company WCT (a subsidiary of Caribiner International) and CEO of Lord Saatchi's media holding company Megalomedia PLC.From 2000 until March 2010, Richard served as a government appointed Special Trustee of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and from January 2008 to March 2010 was a Trustee of the Child Health Research Appeal Trust of the UCL Institute of Child Health.

Chief Financial Officer

Ian Bull joined the plc board in July 2011 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Ladbrokes plc Ian was Group Finance Director at Greene King plc where he contributed to the successful expansion of the business through organic growth and acquisition. Prior to that, he gained digital experience as CEO Enterprises and CFO BT Retail, in the BT Group. Previous roles have included senior finance positions in The Walt Disney Company and Whitbread plc.

OBE, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

John Kelly OBE joined the board as the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 September 2010. John Kelly was founder and Chief Executive of the Gala Coral Group having led a Management Buy-In from Bass Plc, and subsequently became Chairman, a position he stepped down from in January 2009. Prior to founding Gala Coral he was a board member at Mecca Leisure Ltd. and was a board member of The Prince of Wales ‘Business in the Community’ Charity from 2003-2010. Currently John is Chairman of The Trainline.Com and of Kings Park Capital Advisory Board as well as being one of the co-founders of Dunelmia Partners LLP. John is also a member of the Audit Committee.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Sly Bailey was appointed a Non-Executive Director in November 2009. She was formerly Chief Executive of IPC Media Limited and led the sale of the business to AOL Time Warner in 2001. Sly was Chief Executive of Trinity Mirror Group from 2003 to 2012.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Darren was appointed a non-executive director in 2009. He was appointed Chief Executive of Carpetright in May 2012 where he was Group Finance Director from 2002 to 2005. He was Chairman of Sainsbury's Bank plc, as well as Group Development Director from July 2010 to July 2011 and Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2010 of J Sainsbury plc. He was Finance Director of Superdrug Stores plc from 2000 to 2002 and has held a number of senior financial and operational management positions with Arcadia Group plc between 1988 and 2000.

Non-Executive Director

Christine Hodgson, Chairman of Capgemini UK joined the Board in May 2012.Christine joins Ladbrokes following a 15 year career at Capgemini, the global consultancy firm specialising in technology, where she began as Chief Financial Officer and is currently Chairman of the Capgemini UK board.

Non-Executive Director

Richard Moross is founder and chief executive of - a digital success story. The business has become a world leader in online printing, winning a number of awards, and is ranked among the top 10 UK start-up companies by The Guardian. He is widely regarded as a leading expert on ecommerce and is regularly invited to take part in discussions with Government on emerging technology issues.

Independent Non-Executive Director

David was appointed a non-executive director on 31 October 2013. He has been Chief Executive of Arriva plc since 2006, having been Deputy Chief Executive and Group Managing Director of International from 2005. He joined Arriva on its acquisition of British Bus plc in 1996, becoming a Board member in 1998. 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 in 1986, he held various senior financial positions, including Financial Director of Holyhead Group.

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