Board of Directors
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
STEPHEN MARKS - CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Stephen founded the Company in 1969 and has managed the Group’s development since then in the position of Chairman and Chief Executive.
NEIL WILLIAMS ACA - CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Neil joined the Group from KPMG in 1992 and was appointed to the Board in May 1994. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has filled a number of operational roles within the Group primarily focused on the wholesale, international and licensing businesses.
LEE WILLIAMS ACMA, CGMA - CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Lee joined French Connection in April 2016 from ASOS, the global online fashion destination, where he was Director of Finance. Prior to that he was CFO of the WorldStores and Kiddicare businesses and Head of Financial Planning and Analysis at BrightHouse Group Plc. He spent the majority of the earlier part of his career at Wm. Morrison Supermarkets Plc and Kingfisher Plc in various senior finance roles. He also spent 4 years working for PwC Consulting with Retail assignments in the UK, US and Central Europe. Lee has amassed a wealth of UK and international retail experience, in both traditional multisite operations but also, importantly, online. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
SARAH CURRAN MBE - NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
A respected entrepreneur, digital pioneer and Non-Executive Director with a proven track record in fashion retail with a passion for the customer and driving sales, retention and loyal shoppers.
Having worked in the retail sector for almost 20 years, she is a passionate leader and recognised as a customer expert, translating industry and audience insights into clear and winning business strategies. Since 2005 her focus has been on ecommerce and building recognised and successful digital platforms.
In 2006 Sarah set-up the luxury online retailer My-Wardrobe.com making it one of the worlds most respected online fashion sites. Sarah was awarded an MBE for her services to British Fashion in 2013.
In 2014 she began working with The Very Group to launch their premium platform VeryExclusive.co.uk to their more fashion focused audience, and making designer fashion accessible to more people. VE launched in 2015.
Over the past 2 years she has been working with B2B SaaS tech leaders True Fit Corp. Working closely with retail leaders in EMEA understanding the various strategies from multi brand retailers and DTC brands. This gives a strong insight into identifying growth opportunities and identifying the increasing gap and opportunities in fashion seasons and customer purchasing habits, driving change in strategies.
She is also a regular commentator in industry and consumer publications and podcasts across the world.
NEIL PAGE FCMA, CGMA - NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Neil was appointed to the Board on March 29th 2021. He was CFO of Carpetright plc for over 10 years until 2019. Neil began his career with British Rail and Marks and Spencer. He joined Superdrug in 1991, holding a variety of finance and operational positions before taking up the role of Finance and IT Director for AS Watson (Health & Beauty) UK Ltd in July 2002. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Neil is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.