Non-executive directors

Our non-executive directors provide the executive management team a valuable forum for discussion and advice based on wide-ranging experience

Adèle Anderson
Senior independent director

Appointed to the Board: Appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 22 February 2013, Chairman of the Audit Committee from 1 August 2013 and Senior independent director on 3 May 2017.

Career: Adèle Anderson commenced her career at KPMG where she became a partner and held a number of senior roles, including Chief Financial Officer. She is currently Chairman of the Audit Committee at easyJet plc, Chairman of the Audit Committee of Spire Healthcare Group plc and a member of the audit committee of the Welcome Trust. 

Skills and Experience: Adèle graduated from Kent University with BSc Hons in Mathematics and Computer Science. She is a qualified ACA. She has gained extensive financial experience throughout her career and has significant Audit Committee experience.

Other appointments: Non-Executive Director of easyJet plc; Chairman of the Audit Committee of Spire Healthcare Group plc and a member of the audit committee of the Welcome Trust.

 Committees:

  • Chairman of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Nomination & Review Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee

Ian Burke
Non-executive director

Appointed to the Board: 1 October 2018.

Career: Ian’s background is predominantly in the leisure and retail sectors. He spent the majority of his career in the leisure industry, having been the Chief Executive of Rank Group plc between 2006 and 2014, Holmes Place Health Clubs from 2003 to 2006 and prior to that, Thistle Hotels plc from 1998 to 2003.

Skills and Experience: Ian brings a wealth of experience from the leisure and retail sectors. He commenced his career in 1978 at Lever Bros.  He has a degree in Mathematics from Imperial College, an MSc from the London Business School and is a qualified ACMA.  He has significant prior experience of participation in audit and remuneration committees.

Other appointments: Non-Executive Chairman of Rank Group plc and Findel plc. He is a member of the Board of Governors of Birmingham City University.

Committees:

  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee

Richard Gordon
Non-executive director

Appointed to the Board:
Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in May 2010.

Career:
Richard Gordon previously served as a Non-Executive Director of Capital Shopping Centres PLC between 1996 and 2006, and was appointed as an alternate Director in respect of Graeme Gordon’s directorship of the Group in 2001.  He also served on the boards of a number of companies within the Liberty Life group and various companies within the commercial and residential real estate sector.

Skills and experience:
Richard has significant real estate experience having been involved with several commercial and residential real estate companies, mainly in South Africa.

Rakhi Goss-Custard
Non-executive director

Appointed to the Board: Appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 7 October 2015.

Career: Rakhi's early career included roles at TomTom, content management provider Article27 and 11 years at Amazon until 2014, where she held a number of key roles including responsibility for the Amazon UK Media category.

Skills and Experience: Rakhi has an up-to-date perspective on retail and consumer trends, as well as deep insight and knowledge of the digital environment. Rakhi has a BA in Marketing & Communications from the University of Pennsylvania.

Other appointments: Non-Executive Director of Rightmove plc. Non-Executive Director of Kingfisher plc. Non-Executive Director of Schroders plc.

Committees:

  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Nomination & Review Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee

Lady Louise Patten
Non-executive director

Appointed to the Board:
Appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 22 September 2011.

Career:
Louise Patten began her career at Citibank, working mainly in retail financial services until she joined global strategy advisers Bain & Company Inc in 1993 where she has been a Senior Adviser since 1997.

Skills and Experience:
Louise Patten has extensive board level experience at a number of retail and property companies including as Chairman of Brixton plc and Interim Chairman of Somerfield plc, and Non-Executive roles at Marks and Spencer plc, where she chaired the Remuneration Committee, GUS plc, Hilton Group plc, Harveys Furnishings plc and Control Risks Group. 

Other appointments: Non-Executive Director and Interim Chairman at Abcam plc and. Non-executive director of both Arthur J. Gallagher Holdings (UK) Limited's UK Board and its retail business Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance Brokers Limited.

Committees:

  • Chair of the Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Nomination & Review Committee

In addition to the Chairman, the Board is comprised of the Deputy Chairman, two executive directors and five non-executive directors. More information about the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and two executive directors can be found here.