Board & Management

Giles Clarke, Chairman

Mr Clarke is President of the England and Wales Cricket Board and Chairman of the Finance & Commercial Affairs committee of the ICC. He is also Chairman of Westleigh Investments Holdings Limited, Amerisur Resources PLC (AIM: AMER), and of several private organisations, in addition to being Non-Executive Chairman of Ironveld PLC (AIM: IRON) and Kennedy Ventures PLC (AIM: KENV). He founded Majestic Wine in 1981 and built it into a national chain of wine warehouses. He also co-founded Pet City in 1990, which he expanded nationwide before it was listed and subsequently sold in 1996 for £150 million and co-founded Safestore which was sold in 2003 for £40 million.

Rupert Fraser, Chief Executive Officer

Rupert has over 25 years of experience in the investment banking in the investment banking industry involving exposure to leading UK, US and international institutions. He was Head of Equities at Evolution Securities from 2009 to 2011, prior to which he spent 16 years Dresdner Kleinwort where in 2005 he was appointed Managing Director, Global Head of Equity Distribution. Rupert was founding partner of Kildare Partners where he was responsible for investment origination across Europe and the United Kingdom. Rupert is Non-executive director of Woodforde’s Brewery.

Duncan Harvey, Non-Executive Director

Duncan is an independent management consultant with 15 years experience across  strategy, operating model design and business development. Formerly a strategy consultant with Accenture, he has worked across numerous industries including financial services, manufacturing, resources, technology, FMCG and hospitality.
As an independent advisor Duncan is focused on helping management teams to increase shareholder value.

Jeremy Sparrow, Non Executive Director

Mr Sparrow is an adviser to LJ Group and possesses over 25 years of extensive deal making experience across multiple geographies leading equity teams that have raised a combined total of over $23bn. He was most recently head of Investec Resource Investment Banking for Asia and Australia, after serving as CEO of Renaissance Capital,  where he established the company’s first Asian office. Previously, he spent 12 years with Renaissance Capital, as a Managing Director heading up Equity Products in New York and the UK and has also served a Vice President at Morgan Stanley.

Emma Dark, Finance Director

Emma is a chartered accountant with 18 years experience across varied industries including hospitality, manufacturing and asset management. Her previous roles have  required leadership across general ledger, cost and variance analysis, cash management, compliance and forecasting. She has also spent 11 years as a specialist in streamlining processes and implementing best practices across organisations. Emma has strong internal auditing skills and experience in implementation of numerous financial IT systems.

Stephen Cook, Group Operations Director

Stephen Cook has previously held several senior roles in the hospitality industry including, most recently, at the New Inn, Coln St Aldwyns and The Park Pub and Kitchen, Bedford. Mr Cook is highly experienced in running all operational aspects of hospitality businesses and has built a strong reputation within the industry for driving and delivering growth.