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 A.C.A. - 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 - 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 commercial and financial retail experience, in both traditional multisite operations but also, importantly, online. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Dean Murray A.C.A. - Non-Executive Director

Dean 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 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 European luxury goods 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 a consultant for Prada and a co-founder of the British crafted runwear brand, Iffley Road.