Board of Directors
Justin King was appointed as Chairman in August 2016.
He joined Terra Firma as Vice Chairman and Head of Portfolio Businesses in September 2015, and he was previously the CEO of Sainsbury's between 2004 and 2014 where he led the business through a major turnaround which led to nine years of profit growth.
Before joining Sainsbury's, Justin worked for M&S, Asda, Haagen Dazs, Pepsi, and Mars in a thirty year career spanning fast moving consumer goods and Grocery Retailing. He was a non-executive director of Staples between 2007-2015, was a board member of LOCOG from 2009-2013, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group from 2010-2012. Recently Justin has taken the interim role of Chairman of Manor Marussia F1 Team, reflecting a lifelong interest in the sport.
Chief Executive Officer
Roger Mclaughlan has served as CEO of the Group since 14 March 2016.
Prior to that, Roger was the Managing Director at Toys "R" Us in the UK from January 2012. Roger was responsible for transforming the business in an increasingly competitive market. He led the successful introduction of a number of new categories and concessions, whilst simultaneously launching a series of customer service initiatives.
Previously, Roger held a number of senior roles at Marks & Spencer, Asda and internationally, with Woolworths, South Africa. He also led Holmes Place Health and Fitness to a successful merger with Virgin Active. Whilst at Asda, he successfully introduced the new store concept to George Clothing, as well as implemented the ground-breaking 100 Day Guarantee. Concurrently, Roger served as Managing Director of Asda Living, where he successfully re-launched the brand and grew the store portfolio.
In addition to his current role, Roger acts as the UK Advisor for Kikki.K (Australia) and is a business coach with ICD (International Coaching and Development.
Retail Operations Director
As Retail Operations Director, Colin heads the Garden Centre and Retail Operations teams within Wyevale Garden Centres, with overall responsibility for retail and operating standards, levels of customer service as well as the motivation and engagement of its 5000+ employees.
Before joining the Group, Colin most recently worked as an independent consultant providing interim operational and commercial cover as well as due diligence support to a range of businesses and private equity clients. He has previously held numerous retail operational roles for Marks & Spencer, Pret a Manger and EAT, and has also served as a Non-Executive Director for a number of growing retail businesses. In his role as Retail Operations Director at both Pret a Manger and EAT, he was responsible for opening over 150 new sites throughout the UK. Prior to this at Marks & Spencer Colin led several Board sponsored initiatives on customer service in stores and led store teams across the UK and Ireland in delivering a cultural change programme.
Colin is a graduate of The Queens University of Belfast and also holds an Executive MBA (prize winning) from Cranfield School of Management. He is a Fellow of The Chartered Management Institute and a graduate CIPD member.
Trading and Marketing Director
Paul Emslie joined the Group as Trading and Marketing Director on 6th June 2016. Paul brings relevant experience to Wyevale Garden Centres from his most recent role as Commercial Director at Homebase where he was responsible for end-to-end commercial trading and supply.
He has over 20 years' experience working in customer focused retail environments having also held senior leadership roles across the Trading and Multi-Channel divisions at Argos as well as Marketing and Commercial roles at Comet.
Frank is Commercial Director and is responsible for leading the concessions strategy of the business.
Frank was previously CEO and Commercial Director of Betts Group, a private equity backed global packaging manufacturer supplying the major FMCG companies. He led a restructuring of the business and its key customer relationships, which dramatically improved its profitability and cash position, enabling a refinancing and the successful sale of the business.
Prior to this, Frank was Managing Director of Spirit Food, the pub and restaurant division of Spirit Group. Before joining Spirit Group, Frank spent 13 years at Yum! Brands (previously PepsiCo Restaurants) in various international supply chain and general management roles including five years as General Manager of Yum!'s businesses in Spain and France. Frank started his career at Bain & Company, the leading firm of strategy consultants.
Chief Financial Officer
Anthony Jones has served as Chief Financial Officer of the Group since April 2016.
Anthony has over 20 years of relevant experience within a range of retail and consumer environments. Before joining the Group, Anthony was Executive Vice President and CFO of Waterford-Wedgwood-Royal Doulton (WWRD), a portfolio of iconic luxury home and lifestyle brands. During eight years at WWRD, Anthony played a pivotal role in the private equity backed transformation of the business into a successful and highly profitable company culminating in its sale to Fiskars Corporation in 2015.
Prior to this Anthony was Group CFO at Thorn, a previous Terra Firma portfolio company, where he played a major role in the financial and operational improvement of a number of consumer facing businesses and also acquired significant experience in corporate finance, including acquisitions, disposals, debt restructuring and fund raising.
Anthony is a Fellow of the Charted Institute of Management Accountants and has an MBA from the London Business School.
Supply Chain Director
Richard joined Wyevale Garden Centres as Supply Chain Director on 6 June 2016. He is responsible for all aspects of the physical supply chain, stock and availability across all channels.
Richard was previously Supply Chain Director at Euro Car Parts where he was responsible for the design and build program for a new 1m square foot semi-automated Depot. In parallel, he also re-organised the existing supply chain to deliver step change improvement in cost and service.
Prior to this, Richard completed a number of strategic supply chain team interim assignments at retailers such as Dreams and Brighthouse. Before that he spent seven years at Home Retail Group, serving on both Homebase and Argos Operational Boards as Supply Chain Director. In these roles he drove a number of improvements in both supply chain costs and shelf availability of product.
Richard began his career at Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd, culminating in the role of Operations Director, responsible for both manufacturing and distribution of Cola products in the UK.
As Estates Director, Steve heads the new centre acquisitions, estate management, centre format and design, development and construction, maintenance and health and safety teams within Wyevale Garden Centres.
Steve most recently worked at Gap Inc. as the Vice President of International Real Estate, Store Development and Strategic Alliances.
Prior to joining Gap Inc, Steve was Director of Retail Development at ASDA Wal-Mart. Previously he held directorships and senior roles for a number of major national and international retailers such as Thresher Group, Polo Ralph Lauren, The Walt Disney Company and Burton Group. As a result Steve has significant experience in the management and development of large and complex multiple retail site portfolios.
Lisa Cherry joined Wyevale Garden Centres as Human Resources Director in 2014. Prior to joining, Lisa worked with WHSmith, where she was Head of HR for the Travel Head Office and International businesses and the Group Head of Learning and Development. Prior to this, Lisa held a number of senior HR roles in WHSmith and Sainsbury's, with UK and international responsibilities including in Asia, Australia and the Middle East. She has 15 years' experience in retail head office and operational environments, having worked in a number of store management and HR roles.