Appointment to the Board:
Alan was appointed to the Board in 2006 on the Company’s flotation on the Alternative Investment Market and became Chairman in October 2013 following the retirement of Roger Withers.
Alan has over 30 years’ experience in the leisure industry. From 1973 to 1991, he occupied a number of positions at Whitbread, principally as managing director of Beefeater steakhouse and also the Whitbread restaurant division where he was responsible for the creation and development of the Beefeater, Travel Inn and TGI Friday brands and was responsible for Whitbread’s international restaurant development. In 1991, he founded Inn Business Group plc, which was acquired by Punch Taverns plc in 1999. He has been Chairman of The Restaurant Group plc since 2001. He is also Deputy Chairman and Senior Nonexecutive Director at Redrow plc.
Skills, competences and experience:
Having held several board positions in both an executive and non-executive capacity in a variety of listed companies in the UK, he brings substantial experience of working in public and private companies, along with strategic and leadership experience.
He is chairman of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Remuneration, Audit and Risk & Compliance Committees.