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Christopher Rogers

Chairman
Board of Directors

Christopher Rogers

Chairman

Chris was appointed as Chairman on 23 March 2021. Chris served as a Non Executive Director of Travis Perkins from 2013 and stepped down following the demerger to become Chairman of Wickes. Chris is currently Non-executive Director of Sanderson Design Group plc (formerly Walker Greenbank plc), a Non-executive Director of Vivo plc and of Kerry Group, and is a visiting fellow at Durham University. During his executive career, Chris held a number of senior roles in and directorships of public companies. From 2005 to 2016 Chris was an Executive Director of Whitbread plc, serving as Group Finance Director from 2005 to 2012 and as Global Managing Director of Costa Coffee from 2012 to 2016. He was Group Finance Director of Woolworths Group plc and Chairman of the Woolworths Entertainment businesses from 2001 to 2005. Prior to that, Chris held senior roles in both the finance and commercial functions of Comet Group plc and Kingfisher plc.

David Wood

Chief Executive Officer
Board of Directors

David Wood

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO of Wickes I'm proud to lead a truly customer-centric 'home improvement' business. One with real clarity of purpose to 'help the nation feel house proud'. The wellbeing of colleagues is my number one priority, creating an environment where we value inclusive and diverse communities and are committed to growing responsibly. Looking after our colleagues allows them, in turn, to look after our customers and hence the business.

David joined the Wickes Group in May 2019. With almost 30 years in the retail and consumer sector, David is a highly experienced executive and CEO with extensive board level experience in the UK, Europe and North America, having spent the majority of his career with Tesco, Unilever and Mondelez.

David is the Executive Sponsor of the Wickes ‘Ability’ network, which seeks to make Wickes a place that champions every colleague’s own ability to ensure they reach their full potential and supports customers in delivering projects which take into account their and their families’ needs.

Julie Wirth

Chief Financial Officer
Board of Directors

Julie Wirth

Chief Financial Officer

Julie joined the Wickes Group as Chief Financial Officer in November 2018 having held Board and senior finance roles at group and divisional level in the retail sector. This included 20 years at Home Retail Group plc, five years at Musgrave GB Ltd and three years at Countrywide Farmers plc, with responsibility across finance, IT, legal and secretariat, and change management.

Mark Clare

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Board of Directors

Mark Clare

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Mark has extensive public listed company experience in the consumer service, property and construction sectors, particularly in customer facing businesses and has served on a number of public listed company remuneration committees. He is currently the Chairman of Grainger plc; Non-executive Director and Chairman Designate of Aggreko plc; the Senior Independent Director at United Utilities Group plc; and Non-executive Director at Premier Marinas Holdings Ltd. Previously Mark was the Senior Independent Director at Ladbroke’s Coral Group plc from 2016 until 2018; and Non-executive Director and Audit Committee
Chair at BAA plc from 2001 until 2006. Mark’s executive career included Chief Executive for Barratt Developments plc from 2006 until 2015; the Managing Director of Centrica’s retail subsidiary British Gas from 2002 to 2006; and CFO of Centrica plc from 1997 to 2002. He also served as a trustee of the Energy Savings Trust, the Green Building Council and BRE. Mark is a qualified accountant and held a number of senior finance roles earlier in his career including at Nortel, STC and GEC-Marconi.

Sonita Alleyne

Independent Non-executive Director
Board of Directors

Sonita Alleyne

Independent Non-executive Director

Sonita has extensive experience as a Non-executive Director on both private and public sector boards. She is a board member of the London Legacy Development Corporation, The Cultural Capital Fund and The Museum of London and recently joined the Main Advisory Committee of the Freelands Foundation.  She is the Master of Jesus College, Cambridge. Previous roles have included: Chair of the BBFC’s Management Committee; five years on the BBC Trust, Board member of Archant, the Local Radio Company, the National Employment Panel; and the London Skills and Employment Board. Chair of the Radio Sector Skills Council; non-executive director of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; and membership of the Court of Governors at the University of the Arts London.

Mike Iddon

Independent Non-executive Director
Board of Directors

Mike Iddon

Independent Non-executive Director

Mike has extensive public listed company experience, having held a number of senior finance roles throughout his career and has been the Chief Financial Officer of Pets at Home Group plc since 2016. He was previously the Chief Financial Officer of New Look from 2014 to 2016 and prior to this, he held a number of senior finance roles over 13 years for Tesco plc both in the UK and overseas. These roles included Group Planning, Tax and Treasury Director, UK Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer of Tesco Homeplus (South Korea).
Mike has also held senior roles with Kingfisher plc and Whitbread plc. Mike is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Programme.

David Wood

Chief Executive Officer
Executive Board

David Wood

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO of Wickes I'm proud to lead a truly customer-centric 'home improvement' business. One with real clarity of purpose to 'help the nation feel house proud'. The wellbeing of colleagues is my number one priority, creating an environment where we value inclusive and diverse communities and are committed to growing responsibly. Looking after our colleagues allows them, in turn, to look after our customers and hence the business.

David joined the Wickes Group in May 2019. With almost 30 years in the retail and consumer sector, David is a highly experienced executive and CEO with extensive board level experience in the UK, Europe and North America, having spent the majority of his career with Tesco, Unilever and Mondelez.

David is the Executive Sponsor of the Wickes ‘Ability’ network, which seeks to make Wickes a place that champions every colleague’s own ability to ensure they reach their full potential and supports customers in delivering projects which take into account their and their families’ needs.

Julie Wirth

Chief Financial Officer
Executive Board

Julie Wirth

Chief Financial Officer

Julie joined the Wickes Group as CFO in November 2018 having held Board and senior finance roles at group and divisional level in the retail sector. This included 20 years at Home Retail Group plc, five years at Musgrave GB Ltd and three years at Countrywide Farmers plc, with responsibility across finance, IT, legal and secretariat, and change management.

Fraser Longden

Chief Operating Officer
Executive Board

Fraser Longden

Chief Operating Officer

Fraser joined the Wickes Group in September 2014. During his time at the Wickes Group, Fraser has covered a number of roles including HR Director and Chief Commercial Officer and since 2017 he has been the Chief Operating Officer.

Fraser joined the Wickes Group after 15 years with Kingfisher. His last roles at Kingfisher included sitting on the main Executive Board for B&Q as Human Resources Director and Executive Vice President HR at B&Q China. Alongside this role in China, Fraser was also the General Manager of the B&Q China Design Centre business.

Fraser is passionate about everyone being able to perform and progress while being their authentic self at work. As a result he is the Executive Sponsor for the ‘RAACE’ (Raising Awareness and Action on Culture and Ethnicity) network and the ‘Let’s do it with Pride’ Network (supporting our LGBT+ Colleagues). Fraser was recently included in the 2021 EMpower Advocates Executive Role Models list which celebrates 50 senior leaders who are not from ethnic minority background themselves but are championing and advocating for their ethnic minority colleagues.

Sonia Astill

Chief People Officer
Executive Board

Sonia Astill

Chief People Officer

Sonia joined the Wickes Group as Chief People Officer in February 2019 having previously been an HR Director within the Travis Perkins Group. Prior to that she held a number of senior HR roles in Kingfisher and Home Retail Group over an 18 year period, latterly as HR & OD director of Argos leading the people and organisation aspects of the digital transformation. She has also worked in the IT and manufacturing sectors, starting her career as an Industrial Engineer with Courtaulds Chemicals before making the move into HR before she joined IBM.

Sonia is passionate about making Wickes a more inclusive and diverse place to work. She oversees the leader led, grassroots fed ‘Making Wickes Inclusive Programme’ and is Executive Sponsor of the Wickes ‘Wellbeing’ network which aims to support the financial, mental & physical wellbeing of colleagues and create a supportive and caring environment for all.

Gary Kibble

Chief Marketing & Digital Officer
Executive Board

Gary Kibble

Chief Marketing & Digital Officer

Gary joined the Wickes Group in January 2020. Gary has been in retail for the duration of his career in a variety of commercial, marketing and digital roles for some of the UK’s largest retailers. Most recently, Gary was Chief Marketing Officer at Sainsbury’s Argos having spent the previous ten years leading the digital transformation of the Very Group (formerly Shop Direct Group).

Whilst at the Very Group (the UK’s largest pure-play digital retailer), Gary was the executive director accountable for the launch of Very.com, holding a variety of marketing and digital roles and latterly was the group’s Business Transformation Director. He started his career at W H Smith where he progressed from a marketing graduate trainee to Business Commercial Director.

Gary believes that creating a balanced and diverse organisation benefits both colleagues and customers alike and enhances the Wickes’ brand and overall performance. Gary is the Executive Sponsor of the ‘Balance for Better’ network whose aim is to create a more gender balanced workforce at all levels and to allow all colleagues to reach their full potential by having access to the same opportunities, allowing Wickes to retain and attract talent.

Helen O’Keefe

General Counsel & Company Secretary
Executive Board

Helen O’Keefe

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Helen joined the Wickes Group as General Counsel and Company Secretary in January 2020 having previously been Deputy Company Secretary within the Travis Perkins Group. Prior to that she held a variety of roles in Tesco over a 25 year period, including roles in finance and HR and latterly as Deputy Company Secretary.

Mark Cooke

Chief Commercial Officer
Executive Board

Mark Cooke

Chief Commercial Officer

Mark joined the Wickes Group in September 2017 as Chief Commercial Officer. Mark has worked in the Home Improvement Retail sector for over 30 years.

Mark joined the Wickes Group after 14 years with Kingfisher and before that 15 years with Homebase. His last roles at Kingfisher included Group Sales & Pricing Director and leading B&Q’s Trade proposition as TradePoint Director. Before that he held senior roles across the Commercial Categories in B&Q.