The Board is responsible for the group’s strategy and for overseeing the Group’s performance. The Board’s focus is on: strategy; development; growing shareholder value; oversight and control; and corporate governance.
David is an experienced PLC director who has served in both executive and non-executive capacities in the retail industry. David’s past roles include Finance Director and Deputy CEO at House of Fraser, Chairman of Jessops Plc and Moss Bros Plc and Non Executive Director at HMV. Current appointments include Senior Independent Non-executive Director and chair of the audit committee at Halfords plc, Senior Independent Director and chair of the audit committee at Hornby plc and Non Executive Director and chair of the audit committee of Fevertree Drinks plc.
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Chief Executive Officer
Diana Hunter has been CEO of Conviviality Plc since February 2013. Diana has extensive experience in the retail sector, having joined Conviviality from Waitrose where she was a director, leading the growth of the Waitrose store estate and the creation of the ‘Little Waitrose’ convenience chain. Prior to Waitrose, Diana began her career at Sainsbury’s where she held numerous roles over 13 years, including leading investment programmes and heading the format development of Sainsbury’s. At Conviviality Diana set out the Company’s strategy to “be the drink sectors leading specialist wholesaler and distributor”. She led the Company through its successful IPO on AIM in July 2013, growing revenues from £360million to in excess of £1.4billion. Under Diana’s leadership the Company has acquired a number of businesses including Wine Rack, 31 Rhythm & Booze stores, GT Retail, Matthew Clark and Bibendum PLB, creating a major player in the UK drinks wholesale market. Diana is a board member of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) and trustee of the drinks industry charity, The Benevolent.
Chief Financial Officer
Mark joined Conviviality in October 2017, and brings over 20 years’ experience at CFO level across a number of different businesses. Mark has been CFO of three public companies: Porvair Plc, SSL International Plc and Premier Foods Plc – and latterly was CFO of the private equity owned Priory Healthcare Group before its acquisition by Acadia Healthcare in 2016. Mark comes with a proven track record of financial stewardship and has been involved with many acquisitions and disposals, business restructurings and major refinancing.
Managing Director, Conviviality Direct
Mark joined the Group in January 2016 as Managing Director of Matthew Clark, having worked in the food and drinks industry for over 35 years, holding senior positions with a range of organisations including Booker Group Plc, Blueheath Plc, Safeway Plc and Musgrave Group. The Directors believe that Mark has been instrumental in helping the Group realise benefits from the Matthew Clark acquisition and it is anticipated that he will continue this work following the completion of Bibendum PLB in May 2016.
Martin is an experienced non executive director whose previous roles have included Head of E-Commerce for Burberry Group plc and Ted Baker plc, Interim Director of E-commerce for Pentland Brands plc as well as Head of Marketing for Harrods’ home shopping division. Martin is a non-executive director of White Stuff. Martin is the CEO and founder of the strategic multi-channel consultancy, Practicology.
Steve has significant public company experience, having been on the board of Headlam since 1991 where he has helped develop the business from its origin as a company with revenues of £21 million to where it is today. He served on the board of Synergy Health Plc as non-executive Chairman for eight years between 2002 and 2010.
- Audit — Chairman
Ian was previously at Homebase Ltd where he was Retail Director for nine years. During this period, Ian was also Distribution and Supply Chain Director for five years. Ian took a central role in repositioning Homebase as a home enhancement retailer and was responsible for 340 stores and 18,000 retail personnel.
Managing Director, Conviviality Retail
David joined the Group on 1 July 2016 having worked in the retail sector for over 20 years, holding senior positions with a range of large organisations. David’s retail career started at Dixons Stores Group where he held roles within commercial and product marketing before joining Homebase as a Category Manager. In 2003 he moved to Argos and worked in a number of marketing and commercial roles before joining the Homebase Executive Board as Commercial Director in 2009. David joined the Argos Executive Board as Commercial Director in 2011 and was most recently Argos’ Chief Operating Officer.