Management

Ian Burke

Ian Burke
Chairman and chief executive

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Clive Jennings

Clive Jennings
Finance director

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Sir Richard Needham

The Rt. Hon. the Earl of Kilmorey, PC
Non-executive director

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Owen O’Donnell

Owen O’Donnell
Non-executive director

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Tim Scoble

Tim Scoble
Non-executive director

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Shaa Wasmund

Shaa Wasmund
Non-executive director

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Frances Bingham

Frances Bingham
Company secretary

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Board committees key

A: Audit committee F: Finance committee 
N: Nominations committee R: Remuneration committee

Ian Burke (F)

Title: Chairman and chief executive
Appointment: March 2006
Age: 57

Experience

Ian has spent the majority of his career in the leisure industry, initially in bingo clubs, then hotels and health and fitness clubs. He was chief executive of the Holmes Place Group from July 2003 to February 2006, chief executive of Thistle Hotels plc from May 1998 to May 2003 and held various roles with Bass plc from February 1990 to April 1998 including managing director of Gala Clubs and managing director of Holiday Inns.

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Clive Jennings (F)

Title: Finance director
Appointment: July 2011
Age: 53

Experience

Clive was previously Rank’s group financial controller prior to which he was the financial controller of Rank’s gaming division. He has held senior finance positions in a number of other companies prior to joining Rank in July 2000. Clive is a chartered accountant.

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The Rt. Hon. the Earl of Kilmorey, PC (N)

Title: Non-executive director
Appointment: May 2012
Age: 71

Experience

Lord Kilmorey has diverse experience in commerce and industry and in Government. He is a non-executive director of NEC Europe Ltd (a leading internet services and systems solutions provider) and director of Smarta Enterprises Limited (the UK’s largest online resource for small businesses). He is also a non-executive chairman of Rose Petroleum plc and of Tetra Strategy Limited (a political consultancy).

Former roles

Non-executive director of Avon Rubber p.l.c. (2007 to 2013, including five years as chairman); a director of various Dyson group companies (1995 to 2012, including four years as deputy chairman); chairman of Biocompatibles International plc (2000 to 2006) and of The Heart Hospital Limited (1998 to 2001); director of GEC plc (1995 to 1997); Minister of Trade (1992 to 1995); and Northern Ireland Minister (1985 to 1992).

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Owen O’Donnell (R, A, N)

Title: Non-executive director
Appointment: September 2008
Age: 46

Experience

Owen’s background is in online businesses including online media and online gaming. He is also a chartered accountant.

Current roles

Finance director at OVO Energy since July 2012, and non-executive director of Plumbee Limited, a social and mobile casino games business, since May 2012.

Former roles

Non-executive chairman of fanduel.com, the online fantasy sports site, (2009 to 2011); chief financial officer of Joost, King.com, Betfair and of FT.com; and director of finance and performance measurement of Pearson plc.

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Tim Scoble (F, N, R, A)

Title: Non-executive director
Appointment: April 2010
Age: 56

Experience

Tim is an experienced leisure operator, with particular expertise in developing consumer brands and service delivery. He is also a chartered accountant and chairs Rank’s remuneration committee.

Current roles

European hotel advisor to Apollo Management International LLP and chairman of QHotels Holdings Limited.

Former roles

UK chief executive of Guoman Hotels (formerly Thistle Hotels) (2006 to 2012); chief executive of GuocoLeisure Limited, a Singapore listed company controlled by Guoco Group Limited (2009 to 2011); managing director of Moat House Hotels (2001 to 2003); and chief executive of Little Chef and a director of Travelodge (2003 to 2005).

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Shaa Wasmund (R, N)

Title: Non-executive director
Appointment: November 2012
Age: 41

Experience

Shaa has had a distinguished digital career advising both start-ups and large corporations. She is an international speaker on the topic of digital media.

Current roles

Director of Smarta Enterprises Limited which owns Smarta.com, the UK’s largest independent online resource for small businesses, and Smarta Business Builder, business software as a service for small and medium-sized enterprises, which she founded in July 2008.

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Frances Bingham

Title: Company secretary
Appointment: May 2008
Age: 48

Experience

For eight years Frances was company secretary and legal director of the multi-national health and fitness group, Holmes Place Group, and prior to that she was a solicitor in private practice.

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