Board of Directors

Richard Pennycook

Non-executive Chairman

Richard was appointed Non-Executive Director in September 2013 and became Non-Executive Chairman in May 2016. He currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of The Hut Group Limited and as Non-Executive Chairman of Fenwick. Richard was a public company director for over 20 years and previously held the role of Group Chief Executive of The Co-operative Group. He also previously held Finance Director roles at companies including Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, RAC Group plc, H P Bulmer Holdings plc, Laura Ashley Holdings plc and J D Wetherspoon plc. His other past roles include Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Persimmon plc, Non-Executive Director of Richer Sounds plc, Chairman of the Institute For Turnaround, President of Allders International North America and Chief Executive Officer of Welcome Break Holdings Ltd. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Matthew Ingle

Chief Executive Officer

Matthew was appointed Chief Executive Officer in October 2005. He set up Howdens in 1995 and has been responsible for its growth into a successful business today. Prior to joining the Company he had been Managing Director of the Magnet Trade operation. He was elected to the Board of the Company in 1998. Matthew has no external appointments.

Mark Robson

Deputy Chief Executive and
Chief Financial Officer

Mark was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in May 2014, having joined the Board in April 2005 as Chief Financial Officer. Mark spent the previous six years as Group Finance Director at Delta plc. Prior to this, he had held a number of senior financial positions with ICI between 1985 and 1998. He is a Chartered Accountant and qualified with Price Waterhouse. Mark has no external appointments.

Non-executive directors

Mark Allen

Mark was appointed Non-Executive Director in May 2011. He is Chief Executive Officer of Dairy Crest Group plc. Mark joined Dairy Crest in 1991 as a general manager following a period at Shell and, after being promoted through a variety of roles including Sales & Operations Director and two divisional Managing Director roles, he was appointed to Dairy Crest's main Board in 2002, becoming Chief Executive in 2006. Mark is a Non-Executive Director of Warburtons Limited and a Trustee for The Prince's Countryside Fund.

Andrew Cripps

Andrew was appointed Non-Executive Director in December 2015. He is Deputy Chairman of Swedish Match AB, Non-Executive Director of Booker Group plc and Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at the 2 Sisters Food Group. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, his consumer product experience included Executive Director roles in the UK and Europe with Rothmans International, where he was Corporate Finance Director. More recently, Andrew has been Non-Executive Director of a number of public companies with consumer-facing and manufacturing businesses.

Geoff Drabble

Geoff was appointed Non-Executive Director in July 2015. He is the current Chief Executive Officer of Ashtead Group Plc, the FTSE100 international equipment rental company. He was appointed as Chief Executive in January 2007, having served as Chief Executive Designate from October 2006 and as a Non-Executive Director since April 2005. Geoff was previously an Executive Director of The Laird Group plc where he was responsible for its Building Products division. Prior to joining The Laird Group, he held a number of senior management positions at Black & Decker.

Tiffany Hall

Tiffany was appointed Non-Executive Director in May 2010. She was previously Managing Director at BUPA Home Healthcare, UK Marketing Director at BUPA and Head of Marketing at British Airways. She was also Chairman of Airmiles and BA Holidays. Prior to that, she held various positions at British Airways including Head of Global Sales and Distribution and Head of UK Sales and Marketing. Tiffany was previously a Non-Executive Director of Think London.

Debbie White

Debbie was appointed Non-Executive Director in February 2017. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Interserve Plc in September 2017. Prior to this, she served as Global Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo Healthcare and Sodexo Government. Debbie also held various other positions within Sodexo since 2004, including CFO in the UK & Ireland, CFO of Sodexo Inc., the North American subsidiary of Sodexo SA, and later CEO for Sodexo UK & Ireland. In 2013, she became a trustee of the charity Wellbeing of Women, and is now Chair of the Audit Committee. Debbie started her career with Arthur Andersen in the UK, before joining AstraZeneca where she held a range of financial roles. She later became a director and subsequently an associate partner at PwC Consulting where she worked across a number of sectors in a global capacity.