Ned was appointed Executive Chairman on 22 May 2010 and is also CEO (since 3 January 2018). He founded ThinkSmart in 1996 and through this vehicle has been credited with elevating the Nano-Ticket rental market sector (the lease of high-volume low-value, i.e. A$500-A$10,000 equipment) in Australia, receiving the EY and Telstra Australian Government’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1998. In 2007 Ned successfully listed, via $204m IPO, the business in Australia and subsequently migrated the listing to the UK AIM in 2016.
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.
He led the development of the Group’s Australian distribution network, led the business expansion into Europe and in 2017 launched Clearpay in the UK. In 2018, he successfully negotiated the sale of 90% of Clearpay to the emerging, global, industry leading Afterpay Ltd. Ned retains a board seat on Clearpay (i.e. the Afterpay UK subsidiary).
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 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 Debenhams plc, 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, 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 was appointed to the Board on Admission to London AIM and has over twenty years’ 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, Chairman of Flowtech Fluid Power 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 Sciences plc.
He is also a Non-Executive Director of Augean plc and British Smaller Companies Venture Capital Trust II plc. Previous roles include Senior Independent Director & Audit Chair at Servelec plc prior to its successful sale in January 2018, and Non-Executive Director of D4t4 Solutions plc. Roger is a member of the Audit and Risk and Remuneration and Nomination Committees. Roger will retire at the 2020 AGM, expected to be in November 2020.