Wyevale Garden Centres

Board of Directors

  • Stephen M. Murphy

    Stephen Murphy

    Stephen Murphy has served as Chairman of the Group since 8 June 2012.

    Before joining the Group, Stephen was Group CEO of the Virgin Group from 2005-2011, having succeeded the Founder, Sir Richard Branson. He oversaw the worldwide interests of Virgin Group and was responsible for global strategy.

    Stephen is currently also Non Executive Chairman of Jumeirah Group, the international hospitality company, Chairman of The Learning Clinic, a UK medical technology business, a Non-Executive Director of Ren Ren Inc, China's leading real name social network company and a Non-Executive Director of The Business Growth Fund, a £2.5bn UK investment fund supporting small and medium sized UK enterprises.

    He is also an Advisory Partner at Ashcombe Advisers LLP, a specialist corporate finance and advisory business. He has previously worked for Mars, Burton Group, Ford Motors and Unilever plc.

  • Roger Mclaughlan

    Roger Mclaughlan
    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.

  • Colin Hughes

    Colin Hughes
    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.


  • Paul Emslie

    Paul Emslie
    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 Hayes

    Frank Hayes
    Commercial Director

    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.

  • Anthony Jones

    Anthony Jones
    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.

  • Richard Morgan

    Richard Morgan
    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.

  • Steve Masters

    Steve Masters
    Estates Director

    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

    Lisa Cherry
    HR Director

    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.

  • Julie Williamson

    Julie Williamson
    Non-Executive Director

    Julie is a Financial Managing Director at Terra Firma Capital Partners Limited, adviser to the Terra Firma shareholders and currently focuses on the hospitality and leisure sectors. She led the team advising on Terra Firma's investment in Wyevale Garden Centres. She also led the team advising on the investment in Tank & Rast, another Terra Firma investment and was responsible for its refinancing in 2006 and the partial exit in 2007. Julie currently also sits on the Board of Odeon & UCI Cinemas Holdings Limited.

    Prior to joining Terra Firma in 1998, Julie worked for Nomura International plc where she headed the legal team that provided legal risk analysis and transaction execution support to the group. Prior to that, she was a partner in the Banking department of the law firm Winthrop & Weinstine.

  • Rupert Gavin

    Rupert Gavin
    Non-Executive Director

    Rupert Gavin was the CEO of Odeon & UCI Cinemas, owned by Terra Firma. Prior to joining Odeon he held senior positions at the BBC, BT and Dixons.

    As a keen gardener and as the former publisher of Gardeners' World Magazine and many popular gardening books, Rupert brings a personal enthusiasm and knowledge which will be a further significant contribution.

  • Arnold Vos

    Arnold Vos
    Non-Executive Director

    Arnold is an Associate Director at Terra Firma Capital Partners Limited, adviser to the Terra Firma shareholders with a main focus on leisure, retail and operational real estate businesses. Arnold has been actively involved with Terra Firma's investment in Wyevale Garden Centres, serving a 12 month secondment as Head of Corporate Finance and working very closely on the development and implementation of Project Snowflake.

    Prior to joining Terra Firma in 2010, Arnold worked at Jamieson Corporate Finance and in the European M&A Team of Credit Suisse.

  • Stephen Julius

    Stephen Julius
    Non-Executive Director

    Stephen is an entrepreneur and investor, focussed on acquiring and re-launching iconic consumer brands through his privately owned firm, Stellican Ltd. which he founded 23 years ago. He is currently Chairman and controlling shareholder of US based Chris-Craft boats. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Wyevale Garden Centres, Odeon & UCI Cinemas, Brighterkind Nursing Homes and Fairline boats.

    Previously, amongst other investments, Stephen was Chairman and controlling shareholder of Indian Motorcycle in the USA, Riva boats in Italy, and he was also the first foreigner to acquire an Italian Premier League football club, Vicenza Calcio. Stephen began his career at The Boston Consulting Group.

    Stephen has a BA in classics from Magdalen College, Oxford, and an MBA from The Harvard Business School.