Management

Ian Burke

Ian Burke
Chairman

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Henry Birch

Henry Birch
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 (A, F, N)

Title: Chairman
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 Rank Group Plc from March 2006 to May 2014, 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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Henry Birch (F, N)

Title: Chief executive
Appointment: May 2014
Age: 45

Experience

Henry has more than 20 years of experience in the betting and gaming sector and in online and broadcast media. From July 2013 to May 2014 he was a non-executive director of the AIM-listed CFD trading platform operator, PLUS 500 PLC. From October 2008 to November 2012 he was the chief executive officer of William Hill Online, the joint venture between William Hill plc and Playtech plc, which managed William Hill's online business. Prior to working at William Hill Online, Henry was the chief executive officer of Leisure & Gaming plc, an AIM-listed company that owned and operated a number of online and retail betting and gaming subsidiaries. Prior to working at Leisure & Gaming plc, Henry was the chief operating officer of Bettingcorp Ltd, an Israeli company focused on the development and operation of online and interactive TV gaming platforms. Prior to working in the gambling industry, he held management roles at Time Warner, Turner Broadcasting and Riffage, an early digital music operator based in Silicon Valley, and started his career working in the House of Commons.

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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 held senior finance positions in a number of other companies prior to joining Rank in July 2000. He 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: 72

Experience

Lord Kilmorey has diverse experience in commerce and industry and in Government.

Current roles

Non-executive chairman of Rose Petroleum plc since July 2009 and of Tetra Strategy Limited, a political consultancy, since May 2009; director of Smarta Enterprises Limited, the UK's largest online resource for small businesses, since October 2008; and non-executive director of NEC Europe Ltd, a leading internet services and systems solutions provider, since October 1997.

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: 47

Experience

Owen's background is in online businesses including online media and online gaming. He is also a chartered accountant and chairs Rank's audit committee.

Current roles

Non-executive director of Plumbee Limited, a social and mobile casino games business, since May 2012.

Former roles

Finance director at OVO Energy (2012 to 2014); 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: 57

Experience

Tim is an experienced leisure operator, with particular expertise in developing consumer brands and service delivery. He is 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 2012); 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: 42

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: 49

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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