Steve joined the Board as Non-Executive Chair on 1 July 2023.
He is also currently a Non-Executive Director of Elementis plc, where he chairs the Remuneration Committee, and was until very recently the Non-Executive Chair of Zotefoams plc and Devro plc. He has previously served as a non-executive director of Dialight plc, Cape plc and Anglian Water. In his executive career, Steve was Chief Executive of Low & Bonar plc between 2009 and 2014, where he had previously held various senior roles since 2004.
Thomas was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Norcros group on 1 April 2023, after the announcement of Nick Kelsall’s retirement from Norcros.
Previous to this appointment, Thomas operated as Group Business Director – UK, with operational responsibility for the Group’s UK business segment. He joined Norcros South Africa as Tile Africa’s Store Development Manager in 2006 and was promoted in 2007 to General Manager of Tile Africa, before being appointed as Managing Director of Norcros South Africa in 2009. In this role, he oversaw the sustained and profitable growth of the South African business until taking up the Group role in 2021. 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.
James joined Norcros as Director of Corporate Development and Strategy in 2014 before being promoted to Chief Financial Officer in August 2021. He began his career at Arthur Andersen and subsequently has held a number of senior financial positions with Bank of Scotland, Rothschild & Co, Bank of Ireland and, immediately prior to joining Norcros, with AstraZeneca.
James became a trustee of the David Lewis Centre in 2012 and stepped down from this role in 2016. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. James has extensive experience in international M&A, business development and strategy.
Stefan was appointed a Non-executive Director on 1 January 2023 and is Chair (Designate) of the Audit and Risk Committee. Stefan is chief financial officer of MJ Gleeson plc, the Main Market listed low cost housebuilder and land promoter, where he has held the role since 2015. Prior to Gleeson, Stefan held senior finance roles at Keepmoat Ltd, Tianhe Chemicals Ltd, The Vita Group Limited, The SkillsMarket Ltd and Honda Motor Company.
Alison was appointed a Non-executive Director in May 2019 and appointed Chair of the Remuneration Committee in July 2019. She will assume the Senior Independent Director role in July 2023. 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 Eurocell plc, MusicMagpie plc and Xaar plc. Alison was formerly a non-executive director of James Hardie Industries Plc, Headlam Group plc, Geoffrey Osborne Group and Weightmans LLP.
Richard Collins Company Secretary
Appointed Company Secretary and Group Counsel in June 2013
Richard is a highly experienced lawyer and company secretary, and is a member of the Group’s Senior Executive Committee. He 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.
Andy joined VADO in July 2022 having previously accumulated over 20 years’ experience in the bathroom industry – both in the UK with innovation-focused leadership roles at Daryl Showers and Kohler Mira and in international business leadership roles as President, Robern, a Kohler Company in Pennsylvania and most recently as VP/GM Global Commercial Products, Kohler K&B. Andy graduated in Industrial Design from Brunel University and has an International MBA from Oklahoma City University.
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.
Jon joined Croydex in 2008 as Commercial Director with the brief to develop a new commercial strategy and re-focus the business for significant growth. With effect from 1 January 2023, Jon has been leading the innovative bathroom accessories business as Managing Director. His extensive international bathroom industry experience of 35 years includes leadership positions within UK and international brands, previously holding the positions of Sales and Marketing Director for Shades bathroom furniture, Managing Director of Damixa UK, and Vice President of Damixa Group, responsible for global business development. As a non-executive director and V.P of BHETA (The British Home Enhancement Trade Association) Jon actively participates in supporting the wider industry.
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 £50m 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.
John Mortimer is appointed as Managing Director of Grant Westfield with effect from 14 July. John joined Grant Westfield as Sales Director in April 2019, with responsibility for sales, marketing and customer services in UK & Europe. He has over 15 years’ experience in senior roles in the bathroom and surfaces sectors, having joined Grant Westfield from Formica, where he was Sales Director for the UK & Middle East.
John has a BA (Hons) in Marketing Management and proven commercial and operational experience in the industry.
Kevin Swan Managing Director, Norcros SA
Appointed Managing Director of Norcros SA 1 August 2021
He joined Norcros in March 2021 as Group Operations Executive for Norcros South Africa. He was previously Chief Executive for Bidvest Packaging and has extensive senior management experience in the manufacturing and distribution sectors with a proven business development track record. Kevin graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand as a Civil Engineer and in his early career worked as a structural design consultant.