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Bruce Carnegie-Brown Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Nomination Committee
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Bruce was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in April 2010 and became Chairman of the Board in April 2014. Bruce is vice chairman and lead independent director of Banco Santander SA, a non-executive director of Santander UK plc and a non-executive director of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc. Bruce has over thirty years of experience of the financial services sector in both executive and non-executive roles. He has previously held senior executive positions in private equity as managing partner of 3i Group, in insurance as chief executive officer of Marsh Ltd and in banking as a managing director of JP Morgan and non-executive roles as chairman of Aon UK Ltd (2012-2015), director of Close Brothers Group plc (2006-2014) and director of Catlin Group Ltd (2010-2014).

Bruce chairs the Nomination Committee and attends meetings of the Risk, Remuneration and Audit Committees by invitation.

Mark Lewis Chief Executive Officer
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Mark was appointed to the Board on 13 March 2017 and became Chief Executive Officer on 10 April 2017. Mark has experience in consumer marketing, online marketplaces and retail. He was formerly retail director at John Lewis (2013 to 2017) and was its online director prior to that. Mark previously held senior commercial and management roles at Collect+ and eBay UK including CEO and managing director. Mark has a MBA (INSEAD) and a MA, BA (Hons) from Cambridge University in Mathematics.

Peter Plumb Executive Director
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Peter was appointed to the Board in January 2009 and became Chief Executive Officer in February 2009. Following the appointment of Mark Lewis to the Board and a period of handover, Mark Lewis has succeeded Peter as Chief Executive Officer. Peter will remain an Executive Director until the conclusion of the 2017 Annual General Meeting. Peter has experience in commercial strategy and leading international consumer facing businesses. He was previously UK managing director of dunnhumby Limited. Before that, he was general manager of Europe Disney Consumer Products, international director of Dyson Appliances Limited and held senior commercial roles at PepsiCo International.

Matthew Price Chief Financial Officer
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Matthew was appointed to the Board in April 2014. Matthew has experience in finance and in consumer facing businesses. He was formerly finance director at Costa Coffee (2009 to 2014) and managing director of its business in China. Matthew previously held senior finance and commercial roles at Costa Coffee Limited, Sodexo plc, J Sainsbury plc including retail finance director and property director. Matthew is a qualified chartered accountant, having trained and qualified with Deloitte in its corporate finance practice.

Rob Rowley Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
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Rob was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in September 2007. Rob has experience in finance and international businesses having been finance director at Reuters plc (1990 to 2001) and having held senior management positions at Reuters prior to that. He has been a non-executive director of Taylor Wimpey plc since 2010 where he is the senior independent non-executive director and chairs its audit committee. He has been a non-executive director of Morgan Advanced Materials plc since 2014 where he chairs its audit committee and a non-executive director of Greene King plc since 2014 where he is senior independent non-executive director. He is also a non-executive director of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited.

Rob is a member of the Audit, Nomination and Risk Committees.

Sally James Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Risk Committee
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Sally was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in April 2013. Sally has experience of the financial services sector having been a non-executive director of UBS Limited (2009 to January 2015) and before that held a number of senior legal roles in investment banks in London and Chicago including Managing Director and EMEA General Counsel at UBS Investment Bank from 2001 to 2008. She is also a non-executive director of Rotork plc where she is the senior independent director and a non-executive director of Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Limited.

Sally chairs the Risk Committee and is a member of the Remuneration, Audit and Nomination Committees.

Andrew Fisher Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Remuneration Committee
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Andrew was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in August 2014. Andrew has experience of building digital, media and entrepreneurial businesses. He is currently executive chairman and was previously chief executive officer of Shazam Entertainment Limited. Prior to that, Andrew was European managing director of Infospace Inc and founder and managing director of TDLI.com. Andrew is a non-executive director of Marks and Spencer Group plc and is a member of the Advisory Board to the Secretary of State for the Review of the BBC Charter.

Andrew chairs the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Nomination and Risk Committees.

Genevieve Shore Independent Non-Executive Director
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Genevieve was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in September 2014. Genevieve brings digital, technology and commercial expertise to the Group from a career in the media, publishing and technology sectors. Most recently she was chief product and marketing officer of Pearson PLC and prior to that was director of digital strategy and chief information officer. Genevieve is a non-executive director of Santander UK plc, Next 15 Communications Group plc and Arup Group Limited. She is an advisory board member for Lego Education and has advised and invested in education technology start-ups and works with female executives as a coach and mentor. She is also an adviser to the Parliamentary digital board.

Genevieve is a member of the Risk, Remuneration, Audit and Nomination Committees.

Robin Freestone Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee
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Robin was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in August 2015. Robin has experience of leading global and digital businesses, having been chief financial officer of Pearson plc from 2006 to August 2015. Previously he was deputy chief financial officer at Pearson and prior to that, he held a number of senior financial positions at Amersham plc (2000 to 2004), Henkel Ltd (1995 to 2000) and ICI plc (1984 to 1995). Robin is a non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of Smith & Nephew plc and a non-executive director of Michael Kors Limited. He also sits on the advisory board to the ICAEW’s Financial Reporting Committee.

Robin is Chairman of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Risk, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Darren Drabble Company Secretary and Group General Counsel
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Darren was appointed Company Secretary in June 2007.

Darren has a corporate and commercial law background originally qualifying as a solicitor with Addleshaw Goddard LLP before working as a senior legal counsel at United Utilities Group PLC. Darren joined the Group as Company Secretary and Group General Counsel in May 2007.