Peter Johnson (aged 68)
Peter has over 40 years’ experience in the automotive sector, spending 30 years in senior roles in retail and distribution with the Rover group, Inchcape and Marshall. After previously leading the Marshall retail business between 1990 and 1995, he joined Inchcape, heading up its retail operation. He was then appointed to run Inchcape Motors International and in 1999 was made the chief executive of Inchcape plc. During the period between 1999 and 2005, working alongside Alan Ferguson, Daksh Gupta and Mark Raban, Peter oversaw the group’s growth in market capitalisation from around £250 million to over £1.5 billion.
In addition to being the Company’s Chairman, Peter is currently a non-executive director of MCHL, however, he will resign from the MCHL board with effect from Admission. Peter has served on the Bunzl Public Limited Company board from 2006 to date as its senior independent director and chairman of its remuneration committee. He also chaired Rank plc from 2007 to 2012 and served on the Wates Group Limited board from 2003 to 2013. Peter is due to be appointed chairman of the Retail Motor Industry Federation in June 2015.
Alan Ferguson (aged 57)
Alan is a non-executive director of Johnson Matthey PLC, Croda International Plc and The Weir Group PLC. He chairs the audit committees of each of these companies and is the senior independent director of Johnson Matthey. Alan was chief financial officer and a director of Lonmin Plc until December 2010. Prior to this, he was group finance director of the BOC Group plc until it was acquired by the Linde Group in 2006. Before then, Alan spent 22 years in a variety of roles at Inchcape plc, including six years as its group finance director from 1999. Alan is a chartered accountant and sits on the Business Policy Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Christopher Sawyer (aged 69)
From 1991 to 2006, Christopher led Deltron Electronics plc, initially leading the buyout, then developing it into a strong European group with ten European locations and representative offices in China and Japan. Deltron Electronics was quoted in 1996 and sold to ABACUS Electronics Plc in 2006. In 2007, Christopher became chairman of the Lorien Limited group and led the portfolio reorganisation of that group, in particular developing its engineering and resourcing businesses substantially before the subsequent successful sales of both businesses. Between 2006 to 2013, he was chairman of the parent of Bearmach Limited, a global distributor of Land Rover parts. Christopher has been a non-executive director of MCHL since 2008 and currently chairs the audit committee of MCHL.
Sarah Dickins, née Burgin (aged 44)
Sarah has over 20 years’ HR experience across a broad range of sectors including retail, utilities andfinancial services. She spent 16 years at Asda, five of those years as an operating board memberresponsible for people operations and customer service for 150,000 colleagues. Sarah joined Provident Financial Group in 2012 as its executive people director.
Francesca Ecsery, previously Ecsery-Merrens (aged 52)
Francesca has 19 years’ directorship experience in both blue chip companies and start-ups in the digital, retail, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and leisure industries. She is a Harvard MBA, fluent in five languages and has special expertise in multi-platform consumer marketing, branding and commercial strategies. Francesca is also non-executive director of Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust plc, Share plc and Good Energy Group plc, all of which are listed on AIM or FTSE. Her previous executive experience includes McKinsey, PespiCo, ThornEMI, Thomas Cook, STA Travel and many other consumer brands.