Board of Directors and Operating Board

John Coombe


Mike Darcey

Senior Independent Director

Jacqueline de Rojas

Non-Executive Director

Terry Duddy

Chief Executive

Ian Durant

Non-Executive Director

Ian is a former Finance Director of Liberty International (renamed Intu Properties) and is Chairman of Capital & Counties Properties and a Non-Executive Director of both Greene King and Greggs. In his earlier career he worked for Hanson and Jardine Matheson and was Finance Director of Hongkong Land, Dairy Farm International and Thistle Hotels and Chief Finance Officer of SeaContainers. He joined the Home Retail Group Board in July 2011.

Board Committees

Audit Committee:
Ian Durant (Chairman), Mike Darcey, Cath Keers, Jacqueline de Rojas

Remuneration Committee:
Cath Keers (Chairman), John Coombe, Mike Darcey, Ian Durant, Jacqueline de Rojas

Nomination Committee:
John Coombe (Chairman), Mike Darcey, Terry Duddy, Ian Durant, Cath Keers, Jacqueline de Rojas

Richard Ashton

Finance Director

Cath Keers

Non-Executive Director

Cath started her retail career with Thorn EMI and, after marketing and business development roles at Sky TV, Avon and Next, joined the BT Group in 1996, holding a number of commercial roles, including Marketing Director O2, Chairman of Tesco Mobile and Customer Director O2. She is a Non-Executive Director of Telefonica O2 Europe, the Royal Mail Group and LV=. Cath joined the Home Retail Group Board in September 2011.


Paul Loft

Managing Director, Homebase

Paul has more than 25 years’ experience in retailing in both finance and general management roles.

His early career was spent in the Burton Group where he held senior finance roles in a number of areas including Group Planning Controller and Finance Director of Burton Menswear and ultimately Finance Director of Debenhams.

He has been Managing Director of Shoe Express and Shoe City, the GUS Home Shopping businesses and for the last eight years, Managing Director of Homebase, within Home Retail Group.

Maria Thompson

Commercial Director

Maria joined Argos in 1990 and has held a variety of roles, and was appointed Commercial Director, Argos Retail Group in 2003 and subsequently Commercial Director, Home Retail Group in 2006. Prior to joining Argos, Maria had worked in various marketing, buying and product management roles in the Young & Rubicam Group, Boots the Chemist and Associated British Foods.

Julie Elder

Group HR Director

Julie joined Home Retail Group in October 2012, as Group HR Director. Prior to joining the Group, she spent thirteen years at BAA in a number of senior roles, latterly as HR and Commercial Services Director (Airports division). She has extensive retail HR experience, having also spent periods at Dixons Retail plc and Storehouse plc. She is also an ambassador for 'KidsOut UK'.

Greg Ball

Managing Director, Customer and Financial Services

Greg started his career at Courtaulds Plc. In 1988 he joined Littlewoods where he spent 17 years and held a variety of positions. These included Marketing Director, Group E-Commerce Director and Managing Director of Littlewoods Finance Co. Greg joined Home Retail Group in November 2004 as Managing Director of Financial Services. In March 2009, he assumed additional responsibility covering Customer Services and Home Delivery across the retail brands.

Peter Connor

Information Systems Director

Pete started his career with CAP (UK) Limited, a leading software house, where he trained in information systems. He then spent five years with Mars Group Services before joining Coca-Cola & Schweppes Beverages Ltd in 1987 where he held a variety of senior systems roles. Pete joined Argos in 1997 and shortly after was appointed Information Systems Director. In October 2006 he became Group IS Director of Home Retail Group.

John Walden

Managing Director, Argos

John joined Argos as Managing Director in February 2012. He started his retail career in the 1990s as Chief Operating Officer of Peapod, a pioneer in online supermarket retailing. He joined Best Buy, the giant US electricals retailer, in 1999 as President of its internet and direct channels division, and over an eight year career also served as Executive Vice President, Human Capital and Leadership, and ultimately as Executive Vice President of its Customer Business Group. John later moved to Sears where, as Chief Customer Officer and Executive Vice President, he led marketing, merchandising and the internet, catalogue and home services divisions. More recently, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Inversion Inc, a retail consultancy, and Chief Executive of Activeion Cleaning Solutions.

Gordon Bentley

Company Secretary

Gordon started his career as a solicitor with Dundas & Wilson and Dickson Minto. In 1998 he joined Standard Chartered and held a number of roles including senior management positions in legal and compliance, the group chief executive's office and government relations, and company secretary. In 2004 he joined GUS as Company Secretary. He was appointed Company Secretary of Home Retail Group in October 2006.

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