The board of directors has overall responsibility for the Group. Its aim is to represent all stakeholders and to provide leadership and control in order to promote the successful growth and development of the business.


Founder & Chief Commercial Officer

Simon began his career working for an auctioneer before founding Ultimate Products in 1997. Initially a clearance business buying discontinued and excess stock, with investment from Barry Franks who became the majority shareholder, Simon was able...

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Chief Executive Officer

Andrew is a chartered accountant and started his career with Arthur Andersen where he held positions in audit and transaction support. In 1998, he transferred into industry, taking on the role of Finance Director & General...

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Chief Financial Officer

Chris has substantial accounting and financial experience from his time in the profession and as a Finance Director of private and publicly quoted companies. Chris began his career at Deloitte LLP where he spent ten years...

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Independent Non-Executive Chairman

James has over 40 years’ experience in the fast-moving retail industry, having previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Poundland Group plc (‘Poundland’), a single price retailer. He retired in July 2016, after 10...

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Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Alan spent the majority of his working career at HSBC plc, joining in 1975 and gaining broad experience through a range of management positions including credit and risk, retail, commercial, large corporate and global banking markets....

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Independent Non-Executive Director

Robbie is Chief Financial Officer of Highbourne Group whose brand portfolio includes some of the biggest names in the sector, including City Plumbing, The Bathroom Showroom, PTS, DHS, The Underfloor Heating Store, Plumbworld and PlumbNation. He...

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Independent Non-Executive Director

Jill Easterbrook was previously the CEO of Boden, the fashion retailer, having formerly worked at Tesco plc for 15 years in a variety of senior roles including Group Business Transformation Director, Chief Customer Officer, Managing Director...

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Independent Non-Executive Director

Christine Adshead is a former Partner at PwC, where she spent nearly 20 years providing transaction advisory services across a range of corporate activities and a variety of sectors, including retail and consumer goods. She was...

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President (non-statutory director role)

Barry Franks served as a Non-Executive Director of Ultimate Products for fifteen years, stepping down from the Board in September 2020. Barry remains with the business as President in recognition of his outstanding and continuing contribution...

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