David is Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. From April 2021 he has been Acting Board Chair pending the appointment of a new Chair. David was the senior partner of the Manchester and Liverpool offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and served on its UK supervisory board. David was until 2016 a non-executive director and audit committee chairman of Sportech plc, and is the chairman of the Halle Orchestra, Manchester. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Nick Kelsall Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive on 1 April 2011 having previously served as Group Finance Director since October 1996
Nick joined Norcros as Finance Director of H&R Johnson Tiles Limited in 1993. Formerly, Nick had held a number of senior financial management positions with Touche Ross, Manchester, and, immediately prior to joining Norcros, with Waterford Wedgwood Group plc. Nick was appointed as Group Chief Executive on 1 April 2011 having previously served as Group Finance Director since October 1996. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Shaun was group finance director and treasurer at AGA Rangemaster Group plc (formerly Glynwed International Plc) until its takeover in 2015. He began his career in retail management and corporate treasury at Marks and Spencer plc before joining Glynwed International Plc in 1989. Shaun is a qualified Corporate Treasurer and has an economics degree. He became a non‑executive director of Air Partner plc in 2016 and stepped down from this role in 2019.
Alison was appointed a Non‑executive Director in May 2019 and appointed Chair of the Remuneration Committee in July 2019. Alison has substantial experience in multinational manufacturing and supply chain operations, and a strong international leadership background gained through a variety of senior management positions in Diageo plc and Mars Inc and an agency to HM Treasury where she was chief executive officer. She is currently a non-executive director at Geoffrey Osborne Group, MusicMagpie plc and Xaar plc. Alison was formerly a non-executive director of James Hardie Industries Plc, Headlam Group plc and Weightmans LLP. Alison was formerly a non-executive director of James Hardie Industries Plc and will step down from her role as non-executive director of Weightmans LLP in June 2020.
Richard Collins Company Secretary
Joined the Company in June 2013 as Company Secretary and Group Counsel
Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and was previously company secretary and director of risk and compliance at Vertex Financial Services. Prior to that, Richard was company secretary and head of legal with Tribal Group plc, Blick plc and Aggregate Industries plc.
In addition to the Directors, key members of the senior management team include the following:
David Tutton Managing Director, Triton
David joined Triton at the beginning of 2014 as Business Development Director.
David joined Triton at the beginning of 2014 as Business Development Director, initially working to identify and develop international and product opportunities for the business before being appointed Managing Director in July 2015. He has spent nearly 20 years in a variety of commercial and marketing leadership positions across the bathroom and kitchen industry, including 15 years in the Jacuzzi Group. David is a graduate of the University of Huddersfield having studied business and finance.
Iain Gibson Managing Director, Vado
Iain joined Vado in 2019 and was appointed Interim Managing Director in April 2020.
Iain joined Vado in 2019 as Operations and Supply Chain Director and has succeeded Jim Williams in April 2020 as Interim Managing Director. Iain has led a number of programmes for Vado that have improved business planning and cross functional working. He has held leadership roles in Manufacturing and Supply Chain for Pilkington and Mars, together with Managing Director roles in Printing and Testing Laboratories. Iain has a degree in Managerial Sciences from the University of Bradford.
Stephen Dixon Managing Director, Johnson Tiles
Stephen is both a Chartered Accountant and a qualified engineer.
Stephen is both a Chartered Accountant and a qualified engineer. He gained his electrical and electronic engineering degree from Imperial College London before moving into accountancy practice with Grant Thornton. Following successful spells in both audit and corporate finance, Stephen moved into retail with B&M Bargains before joining Johnson Tiles in 1998. Stephen's career at Johnson Tiles has included time as Finance Director and Marketing Director, before becoming Managing Director in 2008.
Richard Wallis Managing Director, Norcros Adhesives
Richard is a qualified engineer with an MBA from Lancaster University.
Richard is a qualified engineer with an MBA from Lancaster University. Previously with Brett Martin Roofing Products initially as operations director before promotion to managing director in 2001 and leading the acquisition of a major competitor. Before joining Norcros in 2013 he was managing director of an aluminium glazing business and led the start-up of a new business in the solar energy market.
Nick joined Croydex as Managing Director in 2007 with the clear objective to grow the business and repeat the success he achieved in his position as managing director at A & J Gummers, where he grew the brand prior to its sale to Masco Corporation. His extensive experience has been gained through positions in the bathroom sector throughout his career, including with a national distributor and commercial and domestic shower valve manufacturer. Committed to innovation and technology, Nick is also passionate about his involvement and commitment to the Bathroom Manufacturers Association and was key to the implementation and launch of the Water Label Scheme.
Thomas Willcocks Managing Director, Norcros SA (Pty) Ltd
Thomas Willcocks joined Tile Africa as Store Development Manager in 2006.
Thomas Willcocks joined Tile Africa as Store Development Manager in 2006. In 2007 he was promoted to General Manager of Tile Africa before being appointed as Managing Director of Norcros South Africa in 2009. Thomas previously worked for the Spar Group in South Africa and the UK. He grew up in Swaziland and was educated in South Africa where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Natal.
Matthew Pitt Managing Director, Abode
Matthew became Managing Director of Abode in March, 2020.
Matthew joined Abode in 2009 and was Commercial & Operations Director before being appointed Managing Director in March 2020. He had previously been Managing Director of bathrooms and taps distributor Plumbing Imports, having also held positions at divisional board level with kitchen and bathroom group Spring Ram Corporation, and multi-national chemical distributor Univar. He originally started his career at Magnet Kitchens before spending five years with ’Big 4’ accounting firm PWC. Matthew holds an honours degree in Economics from the University of York.
Charlie Soden Managing Director, Merlyn
Charlie joined Merlyn as Managing Director in 2010.
Charlie joined Merlyn as Managing Director in 2010. His sector experience and leadership skills have led the team from a turnover of £11m to over £30m today, across existing and new channels. Prior to Merlyn, Charlie spent 25 years at Heatmerchants, Tubs & Tiles and Wolseley Ireland, a subsidiary of Wolseley UK, where he held a variety of management roles, achieving Deputy MD, prior to his departure to join Merlyn. During his time with Wolseley Ireland, Heatmerchants were awarded with two special recognition awards at Wolseley Global conferences for customer service and profit growth. Charlie is committed to product innovation and excellent customer service - he believes that the customer should have a positive experience from the start to the end of the Merlyn journey.