Gary joined the Board as Non-Executive Chair on 8th December 2021. He is also Non-Executive Chair at Greencore Group plc, where he will assume the role of Executive Chair from 31 March 2022 until a new CEO is appointed. Gary has extensive executive experience along with a wealth of non-executive director experience and in the past has served as Chair of Connect Group plc and on the boards of Green REIT plc, Elan plc, Allied Irish Bank, Friends First Holdings and the IDA Ireland. He was also Government appointed director of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation. Gary is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a council member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland.
Nick joined Norcros as Finance Director of H&R Johnson Tiles Limited in 1993. He was then promoted to Chief Financial Officer at Norcros in October 1996, before being appointed Chief Executive Officer April 2011. Formerly Nick held a number of senior financial management positions with Touche Ross in Manchester and, immediately prior to joining Norcros, with Waterford Wedgwood Group plc. Nick has extensive international senior management and M & A experience and has been a listed company director since 1996. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
James joined Norcros as Director of Corporate Development & 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, N M Rothschild, 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.
David is Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.
David was the senior partner of the Manchester and Liverpool offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and served on its UK supervisory Board. He was until 2016 a non-executive and audit committee chairman of Sportech plc, and is the chairman of the Halle Orchestra, Manchester. David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. His area of expertise includes accounting, taxation and professional services.
Alison has held a variety of senior management positions in Diageo plc and Mars Inc and an agency to HM Treasury, where she was Chief Executive Officer. Alison is currently a non-executive director at Geoffrey Osborne Group, MusicMagpie plc and Xaar plc. She was formerly a non-executive director of James Hardie Industries Plc, Headlam Group plc and Weightmans LLP.
Alison has substantial experience in multinational manufacturing and supply chain operations, and a strong international leadership background. Her areas of experience include remuneration, HR and people management and supply chain management.
Richard Collins Company Secretary*
Appointed Company Secretary and Group Counsel in June 2013.
Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and was in private practice with a City law firm. Before Norcros he was 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. He is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and his area of expertise includes M&A and corporate law, legal compliance and corporate governance.
*Group Executive Committee
In addition to the Directors, key members of the senior management team include the following:
Thomas Willcocks Group Business Director – UK *
Appointed Group Business Director – UK on 1 August 2021
As Group Business Director – UK, Thomas has 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. He has overseen the sustained and profitable growth of our South African business. 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.
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 Operation and Supply Chain Director. He took over as interim Managing Director in April 2020 and successfully led the business through the Covid pandemic. He was confirmed as Managing Director in October 2020. Iain has held leadership positions in manufacturing roles for Pilkington and Mars and has previous experience in Managing Director roles in Printing. Iain has a degree in Managerial Science 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.
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.
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.