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 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 was appointed to the Board on 19 September 2017. She was Managing Director of until 2017. Sarah started her career as a newspaper sub-editor and then went on to open Powder, a designer fashion boutique in North London. In 2006 Sarah set-up the luxury online retailer 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 Shop Direct on a project to make luxury fashion accessible to more people, resulting in the launch in February 2015. Sarah actively supports new talent and women in business and sits on a number of judging panels as well as mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs through the Mentor MatchHER initiative. Sarah is also a valued Patron of the British Fashion Council and is a judge of the 2017 British Fashion Awards.


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.