board of directors

The Directors acknowledge the importance of the principles set out in the QCA Corporate Governance Code. Although the QCA Corporate Governance Code is not compulsory for AIM quoted companies, the Directors intend to apply the principles as far as they consider appropriate for a company of boohoo’s size and nature in accordance with the QCA Corporate Governance Code for Small and Mid-Size quoted companies 2013.

The Board intends to meet regularly to consider strategy, performance and the framework of internal controls.To enable the Board to discharge its duties, all Directors will receive appropriate and timely information. Briefing papers will be distributed to all Directors in advance of Board meetings. All Directors will have access to the advice and services of the Chief Financial Officer, who will be responsible for ensuring that the Board procedures are followed and that applicable rules and regulations are complied with. In addition, procedures will be in place to enable the Directors to obtain independent professional advice in the furtherance of their duties, if necessary, at the Company’s expense.

Mahmud Kamani, Joint Chief Executive

Mahmud founded with Carol Kane in 2006, leveraging over 30 years of experience in the fashion and clothing industry. Mahmud is an entrepreneur, with expertise encompassing all areas of the supply chain from sourcing, import and wholesale. Mahmud is an inspirational leader, having built a strong team and engendered loyalty from many long-serving employees.

Carol Kane, Joint Chief Executive

Carol co-founded with Mahmud Kamani in 2006 following their shared recognition in the opportunity for online retail. As part of her role as joint Chief Executive, Carol oversees the Group’s product, marketing and brand strategy across the UK and internationally. She has worked in the fashion industry throughout her career, initially as a designer and then as a fashion buyer. Before setting up, Carol and Mahmud worked together for over 20 years supplying high street retailers.

Neil Catto, Chief Financial Officer

Neil qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young and spent nine years working in their Manchester, Palo Alto and Reading offices. He was previously Finance Director of plc and has held senior financial positions in BT plc and The Carphone Warehouse Group plc.

Peter Williams, Non-executive Chairman

Peter is chairman of the Nomination Committee.

Peter is currently the Chairman Designate of U and I Group plc, Senior Independent Director and Chairman of Remuneration Committee of both Sportech PLC and Rightmove plc. He is Chairman of Mister Spex, an online retailer specialising in eyewear based in Berlin, and is a trustee of the Design Council. He is also chairman of DP Eurasia N.V. In the past, he was the Senior Independent Director of ASOS plc for almost eight years and also served on the boards of Jaeger, Cineworld Group plc, EMI group, Blacks Leisure Group plc, OfficeTeam, Silverstone, JJB Sports plc, GCap Media plc, and Capital Radio group plc. In his executive career, he was Chief Executive at Alpha group plc and prior to that was Chief Executive of Selfridges plc, where he also acted as Chief Financial Officer for over ten years. Peter is a chartered accountant.

David Forbes, Non-executive director & Senior Independent Director

David is chairman of the Audit and Remuneration Committee and also sits on the Nomination Committee. David is currently Non-executive Chairman of Entu (UK) plc and a non-executive director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee at Renew Holdings plc. He was previously Non-executive Chairman of Northern Ballet Theatre Limited and MaxAim LLP. Former non-executive directorships included Vertu Motors plc and Codex Holdings. David qualified as a chartered accountant in 1984 and has been a leading figure in Corporate Finance advisory services for many years, including 22 years in the investment banking division of N M Rothschild. David’s areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy and corporate finance involving both equity and debt.

Sara Murray, Non-executive director

Sara joined the Board in April 2016. Sara is founder and CEO of buddi, a provider of mobile tracking devices. Sara was the founder and CEO of Limited (trading as confused. com) until 2002. Sara was a non-executive director of Schering Health care for five years and member of the governing board of Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board). She is a Member of the Council of Imperial College London and was awarded an OBE for services to entrepreneurship and innovation in 2012.

senior management

Keri Devine, Company Secretary and General Counsel

Keri joined boohoo in September 2014. Keri qualified as a solicitor with DLA Piper in 1996 and has worked in private practice and industry through her career including the Co-Operative Group between 2008 and 2014.

Harry Dixon, IT Director

Harry Dixon was appointed as IT Director at boohoo in November 2013.  Prior to boohoo, Harry held the role of Technical Director at Traveljigsaw (part of Priceline Group) from February 2010 to October 2013, having joined them from Gold Medal Travel where he was IT Director for 2 years.  Harry has held several IT Director/technical Director roles between 2001-2007 in the Travel and Finance sector. He has a BSc (Hons) in Maths and Computer Science from Dundee University.

Tony Burley, Logistics Director

Tony Burley was appointed Logistics Director at boohoo in March 2013. Prior to joining boohoo, Tony was Logistics Director for Marks & Spencer from 2011. This role included a focus on the set up and implementation of the first M&S operated super site at Castle Donnington. Prior to M&S, Tony was Operations Director for Unipart Consumer Logistics between 2005 and 2011. Key accounts during this time included, Pets at Home, Clas Ohlson, and Sainsburys. At asos Tony worked on their transfer to a new site and Red Prairie WMS implementation. Prior to this between 1999 and 2004 Tony held senior logistics posts, having started his career within warehouse operations and progressed to leadership positions.

Debbi Ball, Buying Director

Debbi Ball joined boohoo as Buying Director on 24th February 2014. Debbi has extensive experience within fashion retail buying. Her most recent post has been Buying Director at Bank (ladies wear). Prior to joining Bank Debbi completed some consultancy work. She has recently held roles at Shop Direct as Head of Buying between 2010-2012, ASOS Head of Buying (outlet) 2006-2010 and earlier in her career held roles at TK Maxx, Great Universal and Topshop. She holds a Business degree from Humberside University.

Caroline Evans, Design Director

Caroline Evans has a lengthy pedigree having been involved in boohoo from the outset due to her role within Pinstripe where she worked for Mahmud Kamani and Carol Kane. She joined the organisation in 1996 as a designer, and has progressed to the role of Design Director due to her extensive design experience within the fast fashion market and the boohoo demographic. Caroline has significant experience in working with the Far East, and is also adept at working with and sourcing suppliers, and buying product as well as the creative elements of the design function. Caroline has a BA (hons) in Design Management.

Paul Horsfield, Merchandising Director

Paul was appointed as Merchandising Director at boohoo in November 2014. Paul has extensive multi-channel retail and merchandising experience. Prior to boohoo, Paul held a number of senior management and director level roles at Shop Direct ( Paul has also held positions at Matalan, Instore and WHSmiths. Paul holds a degree in History and Economics from Leeds University Business School.

Gary Birney, HR Director

Gary joined boohoo as HR Director in May 2014. Following a first degree and subsequent MBA from the University of Warwick, Gary held progressively more senior HR roles in a number of companies and sectors including manufacturing, logistics/distribution and retail. He held HR Director positions with Toyota GB, Caudwell Communications, Thomas Cook and Nuffield Health as well as periods in consultancy with Price Waterhouse and others. His experience covers start up, FTSE100, domestic and overseas operations.

Andrew Thomson, International Director

Andrew Thomson joined boohoo as International Director in June 2015.  Prior to his appointment Andrew held a number of senior positions within Pentland Group notably Group Digital Director, where he supported the development and delivery of online strategies for brands owned or invested in by Pentand, as diverse as global market leaders to start-ups.  He was also Ecommerce Director for Lacoste where he helped to launch and grow the brands first transactional sites across Europe and China. With almost 20 years’ experience in apparel and footwear Andrew has held a number of senior board and director level commercial and operational roles.

Claire Hill, CS Director

Claire joined Boohoo in November 2015 as Customer Services Director. Claire previous held the role of Director of Customer Services for JDWilliams, a FTSE 250 multi-channel retailer with group revenue in excess of £800m. With over 20 years’ experience in customer service, Claire has delivered transformational projects with significant impact on employees and customers. Claire’s career extends across in-house and outsourced customer service and financial service operations across Europe and the USA. Claire holds a joint honours degree in French and German from Nottingham University.

Colin Griffin , Supply Chain Director

Colin joined Boohoo in October 2016 as Supply Chain Director. Colin has twenty six years Global Supply Chain business experience within the Retail sector from Origin Vendor Management through to Delivered Consumer on a Global scale. Colin has lived and extensively worked in Asia Pacific, Indian Sub-Continent, EMEA and the USA. Colin has managed and lead teams across Global Multi-Cultural countries driving Global growth and continuous improvements across the networks. Colin is responsible for the Global movement of product within the Boohoo Global network working with carriers and partners to ensure “best in class” service to the Boohoo customer, along with delivering on the business’s future Global vision.

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