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The Board

Philip Swatman, Non-Executive Chairman

Philip Swatman, Non-Executive Chairman

Philip Swatman is a Chartered Accountant. After an early career at KPMG in London and the National Enterprise Board he joined Rothschild in 1979. He spent 29 years with Rothschild, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, becoming Co-Head of Investment Banking and subsequently a Vice Chairman.

He retired in 2008 and is a director of a number of public and private companies, is Chairman of Eddie Stobart Logistics plc and Cranborne Chase Asset Finance Limited and a senior adviser to Capstan Capital, having previously been a non executive director of both Atrium Underwriting and Alfred McAlpine.

 

Mark Lavery, Chief Executive Officer

Mark Lavery, Chief Executive Officer

Mark has over 20 years automotive retail experience and is considered to be a highly experienced executive from the automotive dealership sector. He was the Group Operations Director of Hartwell PLC from 2001 to 2003, an Operations Board Director of Reg Vardy PLC from 2003 to 2004 and became the founder and CEO of Cambria in 2006.

 

James Mullins, Finance Director

James Mullins, Finance Director

James graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Accounting and Finance, he then qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) in 2001 and passed the Joint Insolvency Examination Board (JIEB) exams in 2005. James spent 8 years with Grant Thornton in their automotive service team before joining Cambria in May 2007. James has significant experience in corporate finance, restructuring and due diligence in the automotive retail sector.

 

Sir Peter Burt, Non-Executive Director

Sir Peter Burt, Non-Executive Director

It is with great sadness that the Board of Cambria Automobiles plc announces that it has been informed that Sir Peter Burt passed away on 28 November 2017 (full announcement).
Sir Peter had over 25 years of investment experience combined with significant acquisition and integration experience and proven operating and management skills. Sir Peter spent the majority of his career with Bank of Scotland, one of the UK's leading corporate banks. He was appointed Chief General Manager and Chairman of the Management Board in 1988, later becoming Group Chief Executive. Following the merger with Halifax he became Deputy Chairman in 2001 of the new HBOS plc. He retired from this post in January 2003. Since 2003, Sir Peter held a number of positions including: Non-executive director of Shell Transport and Trading Company plc and subsequently of Royal Dutch Shell plc, Advisor to Apax partners, Non-executive Chairman of ITV plc and was Chairman of Promethean Investments Plc.

 

Michael Burt, Non-Executive Director

Michael Burt, Non-Executive Director

Michael began his private equity career at Dresdner Kleinwort Capital. In 1999 Michael joined Ellerman Investments, the UK investment management company of Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay. While at Ellerman, Michael was heavily involved in the acquisition of Littlewoods plc and GUS's Home Shopping division gaining significant experience in both acquisitions and turnaround ventures. Michael left Ellerman in 2004 and joined Collins Stewart before leaving to become a member of Promethean Investments LLP.

 

Tim Duckers, Group Managing Director

Tim Duckers, Group Managing Director

Tim has over 22 years experience in the retail motor industry having joined Hartwell PLC in 1994 on their graduate programme, working through the Group to the position of Fleet Director during the 10 years. In 2004 Tim moved to Inchcape plc as the Volkswagen Franchise Director before joining Cambria in October 2008 as the Operations Board Managing Director. Tim is now the Group Managing Director having joined the Cambria Automobiles plc Board of Directors in September 2016.

 

Paul McGill, Non-Executive Director

Paul McGill, Non-Executive Director

Paul has a detailed and extensive level of knowledge of the motor retail industry, acquired from over 30 years in the business. He was most recently Head of Projects at Lloyds Banking Group, where he was responsible for promoting the Black Horse Consumer Finance brand across the Group, leading new business initiatives and recruiting key individuals to the business. He also served as Head of Motor Finance (South) at Black Horse, a position he held from 2009 until April 2016. Prior to these roles, Paul was Head of Distribution at Bank of Scotland Dealer Finance for 18 years where he was responsible for an external sales force of approximately 150 home based sales and sales managers.

 

William Charnley, Non-Executive Director

William Charnley, Non-Executive Director

William is currently a Partner at King & Spalding International in the Corporate practice, a position he has held for over four years. William has over 20 years' experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions, disposals, flotations, private equity transactions and general corporate and securities advice. William has a high level of knowledge of both the motor retail sector and Cambria as he advised Cambria on the Group's IPO on AIM in 2010. He also served as a Non-Executive Director at CD Bramall plc for four years prior to it being acquired in 2004, before joining the Board of Lookers plc as an alternate Non-Executive Director from 2006 to 2008. William is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and of Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.

 

Committees

The Company has established an Audit Committee, a Remuneration Committee and a Nomination Committee.

The Audit Committee comprises Philip Swatman (as chairman), Sir Peter Burt and Paul McGill. The Audit Committee will receive and review reports from management and the Company's auditors relating to the annual and interim accounts and the accounting and internal control systems in use by the Company.

The Remuneration Committee comprises William Charnley (as chairman), Philip Swatman and Michael Burt. It is responsible for determining and agreeing with the Board the framework for the remuneration of the Executive Directors, the Company Secretary and such other members of the management as it is designated to consider. It is furthermore responsible for determining the total individual remuneration packages of each Director including, where appropriate, bonuses, incentive payments and share options. The Remuneration Committee will also liaise with the Nomination Committee to ensure that the remuneration of newly appointed executives is within the Company's overall policy.

The Nomination Committee comprises Sir Peter Burt (as chairman) Philip Swatman and William Charnley. It is responsible for reviewing the structure, size and composition of the Board, preparing a description of the role and capabilities required for a particular appointment and identifying and nominating candidates to fill Board positions as and when they arise.