Stephen Marks - Chairman and Chief Executive
Stephen (aged 68) founded the Company in 1969 and has managed the Group’s development since then in the position of Chairman and Chief Executive.
Adam Castleton A.C.A. - Group Finance Director
Adam (aged 51) was appointed to the Board on 12 August 2013. He is a chartered accountant having qualified at Price Waterhouse, Manchester. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from Manchester University. He has over 25 years of financial experience and has held leadership roles at a number of international consumer-facing companies, including eBay, Shopping.com, Polo Ralph Lauren (Europe), and The Walt Disney Company. He joined French Connection from O2 UK, where he was Finance Director of the O2 Business Division, and previously acting CFO of O2 UK.
Neil Williams A.C.A. - Operations Director
Neil (aged 50) joined the Group from KPMG in 1992 and was appointed to the Board in May 1994.
Dean Murray A.C.A. - Independent Non-Executive Director
Dean (aged 52) was appointed to the Board on 6 February 2008. He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and was Chief Executive of Myriad Childrenswear Group Limited. Myriad was the leading UK specialist multi-brand and multi-channel childrenswear business with over 1,000 distribution outlets including the Adams Kidswear brand. He is currently Chairman of Neville Johnson Limited, a UK based bespoke furniture designer, and Gear4music, an online retailer of musical instruments.
Claire Kent - Independent Non-Executive Director
Claire (aged 51) was appointed to the Board on 3 October 2008. She was formerly a Managing Director with Morgan Stanley where she was ranked number one in luxury goods European retailing analysis for nine consecutive years. Working in the sector since the early 1990s she has accumulated an in-depth understanding of the operation of luxury and apparel brands and has worked very closely with some of the most respected brands in the sector. Since leaving Morgan Stanley, Claire has focused on advising companies on their IPOs (Prada in 2011; Pandora in 2010) and playing a role in the sale of private equity-owned companies (Cath Kidston, Original Additions). She is also an advisory Director of Investcorp, a consultant for Prada and a Board member of Georg Jensen. Claire is a co-founder of the British crafted runwear brand, Iffley Road.