Board of directors

The board is responsible for the group’s strategy and for overseeing the group’s performance. The board’s focus is on: strategy; development; growing shareholder value; oversight and control; and corporate governance.


    • All commitees
    • Executive committee
    • Group executive committee
    • Remuneration committee
    • Audit committee
    • Nomination committee
    • Risk Advisory committee

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Manjit Wolstenholme

Independent non-executive chairman

Manjit Wolstenholme

Appointed to the board in 2007

Committee membership
Risk advisory committee

Chairman
Nomination committee

Key strengths:

  • Extensive experience of corporate finance matters, having spent 13 years in investment banking.

Previous board and management experience:
Co-head of investment banking at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and Partner at Gleacher Shacklock.

Current external appointments:
Non-executive director of Future plc, The Unite Group plc and Aviva Investors Holdings Limited.

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Peter Crook

Chief executive

Peter Crook

Appointed to the board in 2006

Committee membership
Executive committee
Group executive committee

Chairman
Executive committee
Group executive committee

Key achievements:

  • Driving and executing the agreed strategies of the group and achieving above plan financial performance.
  • The identification and oversight of strategic acquisition opportunities, including the completion of the purchase of Moneybarn.
  • Providing strategic input into the FCA full authorisation process being undertaken by each of the divisions.
  • Providing strategic input into the future options for the Vanquis Bank Polish pilot operation resulting in the decision in early 2015 to withdraw from the pilot.

Previous board and management experience:
UK managing director, Barclaycard.

Current external appointments: 
Non-executive director of Cabot (Group Holdings) Limited.

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Andrew Fisher

Finance director

Andrew Fisher

Appointed to the board in 2006

Committee membership
Executive committee
Group executive committee

Key achievements:

  • Extending the group’s £382.5m syndicated bank facility by one year to May 2018.
  • Providing oversight on the commercial and financial due diligence exercise undertaken in respect of the acquisition of Moneybarn.
  • Taking the lead role in the group’s discussions with the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) on regulatory requirements.
  • Realignment of risk across the group to reflect the transition to the FCA and the focus on customer and conduct risk.

Previous board and management experience:
Finance director of Premier Farnell plc and partner at Price Waterhouse LLP.

Current external appointments:
None.

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Malcolm Le May

Independent non-executive director and Senior Independent Director

Malcolm Le May

Appointed to the board in 2014

Committee membership
Audit committee
Nomination committee
Risk advisory committee

Chairman
Remuneration committee

Key achievements:

  • Over 30 years’ experience in banking, asset management and insurance.

Previous board and management experience:
Co-head of banking for Barclays in New York; head of investment banking, Europe at UBS and global head of corporate and investment banking at ING Barings, Deputy CEO at Morley Fund Management (now Aviva Investors), President of JER Europe, Senior independent director of Pendragon plc and non-executive director of RSA Insurance Group plc.

Current external appointments:
Senior advisor to Ernst & Young, non-executive director of REG (UK) Limited, Chairman of Juno Capital LLP, senior advisor to Heidrick & Struggles and Partner at Opus Corporate Finance.

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Stuart Sinclair

Independent non-executive director

Stuart Sinclair

Appointed to the board in 2012

Committee membership
Remuneration committee
Audit committee
Nomination committee

Chairman
Risk advisory committee

Key achievements:

  • Extensive experience in financial services in the UK and overseas.
  • 10 years in US-based management consulting, 14 years as CEO or equivalent in retail banking organisations and seven years on financial services boards.

Previous board and management experience:
Chairman of GE Capital China and GE Capital Bank (UK), chief executive officer of Tesco Personal Finance, director of Virgin Direct; director of Retail Banking at The Royal Bank of Scotland and non-executive director at Liverpool Victoria.

Current external appointments:
Director of Vitality Health, Senior Independent Director of Swinton Group Limited, QBE Insurance (Europe) Limited and QBE Underwriting Limited; non-executive director of TSB Bank plc and Council Member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House).

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Alison Halsey

Independent non-executive director

Alison Halsey

Appointed to the board in 2014

Committee membership
Remuneration committee
Nomination committee
Risk advisory committee

Chairman
Audit committee

Key achievements:

  • 34 years with KPMG specialising in financial services with audit and advisory responsibilities for UK and international banks.

Previous board and management experience:
Partner at KPMG. Advised a number of UK charities and was a board member of the National Autistic Society for five years.

Current external appointments:
Non-executive director of Cambien Group plc and Teachers Assurance and an Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Society.

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Rob Anderson

Independent non-executive director

Rob Anderson

Appointed to the board in 2009

Committee membership
Remuneration committee
Audit committee
Nomination committee
Risk advisory committee

Key achievements:

  • Extensive retail experience and knowledge of the type of consumer served by the group. Operational business experience which is relevant to the group’s businesses.

Previous board and management experience:
Director of childrenswear business unit of Marks & Spencer and chief executive of Signet Jewelers Limited’s UK Division.

Current external appointments:
None.

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Ken Mullen

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Ken Mullen

Appointed to the board in 2007

Committee membership
Executive committee

Secretary
Executive committee
Remuneration committee
Audit committee
Nomination committee
Risk advisory committee

Key achievements:

  • Project management of the legal due diligence exercise, through a combination of internal and external legal resources, on two potential acquisition targets.
  • Completion of the sale and purchase agreement in respect of Moneybarn.
  • In his capacity as chairman of the Trustees, revised the group defined benefit pension scheme’s investment strategy which has resulted in a significant de-risking of the scheme.
  • Close management of the group’s regulatory relationships, both in the UK and overseas.

Previous board and management experience:
Company secretary and general counsel of Premier Farnell plc, Silentnight plc and Whessoe plc.

Current external appointments:
Chairman of Rexel UK Limited Pension Scheme.