Directors

Directors

Ned Montarello
Executive Chairman & Interim CEO

Ned was appointed Executive Chairman on 22 May 2010 and is also interim CEO. Ned has over 28 years’ experience in the finance industry. He founded ThinkSmart in 1996 and through this vehicle has been credited with elevating the Nano-Ticket rental market sector in Australia, receiving the Telstra and Australian Government’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1998. Ned led the development of the Group’s Australian distribution network by building partnerships with key retailers, including JB Hi-Fi and Dick Smith. Ned also steered the expansion of the business into Europe, establishing agreements with DSG International and a joint venture with HBOS to launch in the UK. In 2007 Ned successfully listed, via IPO, the business in Australia. In 2010 he led the development of the “Infinity” product with Dixons to move into the “Business to Consumer” market for the first time in the UK. Ned continued to drive the business to maintain its sector leading IP in point of sale finance with the introduction of e-sign to its process ensuring that it maintained its relevance to the fast moving retail environment.

Keith Jones MBA Bus
Independent Non-Executive Director, Deputy Chairman, Chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee

Keith joined the Board on 24 May 2013 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 February 2014 through to 31 December 2014. Keith subsequently moved to the role of Group Strategy and Development Director from 1 January 2015 before becoming a Non-Executive Director with effect from 2 December 2016. Keith has 30 years of retail experience in Europe including roles as Chief Executive Officer of JJB Sports plc and Group Retail Director of Dixons Retail plc, one of Europe’s largest electrical retailers. At Dixons, Keith was a member of the Group Executive Committee with responsibility for all UK and Ireland fasciae including PC World and Currys. Previously he was Managing Director of PC World Stores Group with responsibility for stores in the UK, Spain, France, Italy and Nordics in addition to Group Service Operations. Keith has a MBA from the Manchester Business School. Keith is Chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee of ThinkSmart.

Peter Gammell
Independent Non-Executive Director

Peter is a non-executive Director of Seven West Media, was Managing Director and CEO of Seven Group Holdings (2010-2013) and was previously Managing Director of Australian Capital Equity Pty Ltd (1989-2010). Peter is also Chairman of Octet Finance and former Chairman of Scottish Pacific Business Finance. Between 1984 and 1989 Peter was a director of Castle Cairn (Financial Services) Ltd, an investment management company based in Edinburgh, Scotland and a member of IMRO. Also during this time he was a director of Cairn Energy Management Limited and Cairn Energy plc. Peter is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee of Thinksmart.

Gary Halton
Chief Financial Officer

Gary was appointed to the Board on Admission to London AIM and has been Chief Financial Officer of the Group since 2008 when he joined the Group. Between October 2012 and January 2014, Gary acted as interim Managing Director of the Group. Prior to joining the Group, Gary held several senior positions, including Head of Finance Services and Head of Group Taxation, with De Vere Group plc. Gary is a qualified chartered accountant and a chartered tax advisor, with over 20 years post-qualification experience, having qualified with Ernst & Young, and then a subsequent senior manager role with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

David Adams
Independent Non-Executive Director, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee

David was appointed to the Board on Admission to London AIM and has over 30 years of experience. He has previously held executive roles including Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of House of Fraser plc and non-executive roles including Jessops plc, Moss Bros plc, Fevertree Drinks plc, Conviviality plc and Hornby plc. David’s current appointments include serving as the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Halfords plc and Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chairman of Debenhams plc, Chairman of Park Cameras Limited and Trustee of Walk the Walk (a Breast Cancer Charity). David is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Roger McDowell
Independent Non-Executive Director

Roger was appointed to the Board on Admission to London AIM and has 18 years of experience in the public company environment, having led the Oliver Ashworth Group through a main market initial public offering and a subsequent sale. Roger’s current roles include serving as Chairman of Hargreaves Services Plc, Chairman of Avingtrans plc, Senior Independent Director & Remuneration Chair at Tribal plc, Non-Executive Director and Remuneration Chair of Swallowfield plc and Non-Executive Director and Audit Chair of Proteome. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Augean PLC and D4t4 Solutions plc. Previous roles include Senior Independent Director & Audit Chair at Servelec plc prior to its successful sale in January 2018. Roger is a member of the Audit and Risk and Remuneration and Nomination Committees.