Executive committee

Rank’s executive committee assists the chief executive in directing and promoting the profitable operation and development of the Group


Frances Bingham
Company secretary

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.


Ian Burke
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.


Jorge Ibanez
Director General

Appointment: May 2010
Age: 46

Experience

Jorge Ibanez was formerly Divisional Director for Grupo Orenes Casinos in Spain. Before this he has had experience as a Country Manager, in both Dominican Republic and the UK, for Cirsa and was also Managing Director of Acerinox UK Limited.


Clive Jennings
Finance director

Appointment: July 2011
Age: 53

Experience

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


Mark V. Jones
Managing director – Mecca

Age: 53

Experience

Joined Rank in June 2009 as managing director of Mecca. He has held a number of senior management posts in the leisure industry, including chief executive of Pizza Hut UK (while at Whitbread PLC), chief executive of Yates Group plc and executive chairman of Premium Bars and Restaurants PLC.

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Tom Stringer
Director of Innovation

Appointment: January 2014
Age: 38

Experience

Tom was previously director of strategy for Acromas Holdings (The Automobile Association and Saga). He has also held senior strategy and innovation roles with Intercontinental Hotels Group and Marks and Spencer.


Phil Urban
Managing director – Grosvenor Casino

Age: 50

Experience

Joined Rank in June 2008 as managing director of its casino businesses. His previous roles include managing directorships of both Whitbread’s pub restaurants division and Scottish and Newcastle’s restaurants and accommodation division.


Sue Waldock
Human resources director

Age: 60

Experience

Appointed group human resources director in October 2006. Previously Sue held the position of human resources director for Rank’s gaming division. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and chairman of the employment group for Business in Sport and Leisure Limited.


Daniel Waugh
Group strategy director

Age: 40

Experience

Joined Rank in November 2005 as director of investor relations. Previously worked for Whitbread as head of investor relations.


Keith Woodcock
Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Age: 53

Experience

Appointed CIO in September 2013 from the Avis Group where he has been CIO for the EMEA region with responsibility for all European and Commercial platforms, through an IT team of 250 located in twelve countries. Keith has also been leading the IT integration of Europe and the US following the recent US Avis Budget Group acquisition of the European business. Prior to this, he was Chief Operations Officer for eNett International, a joint venture between Travelport and PSP International, focused on the travel payment market.

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