The UK’s leading multi-redemption voucher and prepaid gift card business

The Board

New board July 14
Peter-Johnson

Peter Johnson

Non-Executive Chairman

Peter is the company’s founder and has the role of non-executive chairman. He has a service agreement with the company entered into on 6 April 2012 which requires six months’ notice of termination by either party.

Chris Houghton

Chris Houghton

Chief Executive Officer

Chris was appointed to the board on 11 October 2000 and became chief executive officer on 11 April 2012. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and joined the group as group accountant in 1986. He became group finance director on 29 March 2001 and up to his appointment as chief executive officer was previously group managing director. He has a service agreement with the company entered into on 29 June 2001 which requires 12 months’ notice of termination by either party.

Martin-Stewart

Martin Stewart

Group Finance Director

Martin was appointed to the board on 1 November 2004 and is the group finance director. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and joined the group from Eddie Stobart Group, where he was group finance director. Prior to this he was with UK Waste Management Limited from 1992 to 2000, from 1997 as finance director, and earlier in his career held financial positions with The Littlewoods Organisation, ICI PLC and Price Waterhouse. He has a service agreement with the company entered into on 1 November 2004 which requires 12 months’ notice of termination by either party.

Gary-Wood

Gary Woods

Managing Director, Park Retail Limited

Gary was appointed to the board on 29 March 2001. He joined the group with the acquisition of Chrisco Hampers in 1980 and has gained wide experience in divisional roles. He is managing director of Park Retail Limited. He has a service agreement with the company entered into on 29 June 2001 which requires 12 months’ notice of termination by either party.

John-Dembitz

John Dembitz

Non-Executive Director

John was appointed to the board as a non-executive director on 8 May 2008. He has a service agreement with the company entered into on 8 May 2008 which requires six months’ notice of termination by either party. He was formerly chairman of a number of companies including Tack International Limited, Coffee Point plc, CVO Group BV and held senior executive positions with McKinsey & Co, Consolidated Gold Fields Plc, Charterhouse Japhet and Valin Pollen Limited. He is currently chairman of Allanfield Group Plc and EAC Management Limited and a non-executive director of Avidity-IP Group and Lee Baron. John is chairman of the nomination committee and a member of the audit and remuneration committees.

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Laura Carstensen

Non-Executive Director

Laura was appointed to the board as a non-executive director on 23 September 2013. Laura is a former partner in City law firm Slaughter and May (1994-2004). She is a Member (and former Deputy Chairman) of the UK Competition Commission and a Commissioner of the Equality & Human Rights Commission. She is a Trustee of National Museums Liverpool and a Board Member with MLex a provider of online subscription based predictive intelligence. She is also co-founder and director of two online mail order businesses, Blue Banyan Ltd and Hortica. She was educated at Withington Girls School in Manchester, and read English at St. Hilda's College, Oxford.

Michael de Kare-Silver

Michael de Kare-Silver

Non-Executive Director

Michael was appointed to the board as a non-executive director on 23 September 2013. Michael is an advisor and business consultant to the digital, e-commerce and mobile communications sectors. His experience includes: identifying opportunities for corporates to implement technology-enabled change and helping businesses grow by advising on new strategies; go-to-market plans; and team-building. He has previously served as a main board director at a number of companies including FTSE 100 GUS plc and FTSE 250 Thus Group plc. He also headed up Argos.co.uk, Experian.com and Burberry online as CEO of GUSco.com and founded successful start-ups born2learn.com and MyFaveShop.com. Michael was Managing Director at major digital technology marketing agencies Digitas and AKQA and served as Chairman at WIN plc and Breeze Tech. Early in his career he gained valuable experience at both Procter & Gamble and McKinsey & Company. Michael is a Law graduate from St. Catharine's College Cambridge.