Appointed: Purchased Channel Express Group in April 1983.
Experience: In April 1983, Philip’s private company purchased the Channel Express Group which, at that time, distributed flowers grown in the Channel Islands to wholesale markets throughout the UK, and freight from the UK into the Channel Islands. From that original business, he has developed the Group into a leading UK leisure travel provider. Having decided that the Company needed wider access to funding in order to accelerate its growth, Channel Express Group plc was floated on the USM in 1988. In 1991, it changed its name to Dart Group plc and moved to a full listing on the London Stock Exchange before moving to AIM in 2005. In September 2020, the Company changed its name to Jet2 plc, reflecting the focus on its longer-term strategy of growing its Leisure Travel business.
Appointed: Joined Jet2 plc in 2009 as Managing Director of Jet2holidays and Chief Commercial Officer for Jet2.com and is now the Chief Executive Officer of Jet2 plc. Stephen was appointed to the Board as an Executive Director in June 2013.
Experience: Stephen has extensive experience in the travel industry, having held roles with My Travel plc, Thomas Cook and Libra Holidays. Stephen is a fellow of the Institute for Travel and Tourism, a Chartered Company Secretary and is a member of the Institute for Turnaround. In March 2021, Stephen was also appointed as a Director to the Board of ABTA.
Committees: None. Stephen Heapy resigned from the Audit Committee following the completion of the audit for the year ended 31 March 2020 and now attends meetings by invitation only.
Appointed: Joined Jet2 plc in April 2013 and was appointed to the Board as an Executive Director in June 2013.
Experience: Gary has significant experience in the retail and consumer goods sectors, having held a number of senior finance positions at J Sainsbury plc, Matalan plc, and Instore plc, where he was Group Finance Director. Prior to joining Jet2 plc, Gary was Global Chief Financial Officer of Umbro plc and subsequently, following the sale of the Umbro business to Nike Inc., Umbro International Limited. Gary is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Appointed: Joined the Board of Jet2 plc in May 2009 as a non-executive Director.
Experience: Mark began his career as a transport sector investment analyst with stockbrokers Kitcat and Aitken, before moving to WI Carr and Merrill Lynch (formerly Smith New Court plc) where the team was ranked No.1 in the 1995 Extel Financial Survey of UK Investment Analysts. Latterly at Merrill Lynch he was a member of the highly ranked UK Equity Strategy team. In 1997, he joined Collins Stewart plc and helped develop the group leading up to its MBO and IPO in 2000. Since 2001, Mark has pursued a career in fund management helping to found Fundsmith in 2010. Mark was recognised at the 2014 Grant Thornton Quoted Company Awards as Non-Executive Director of the Year.
Committees: Audit; Remuneration (Chair)
Appointed: Joined the Board of Jet2 plc on 14 April 2020 as an independent Non-Executive Director.
Experience: Robin has extensive experience in leading online and retail businesses including Amazon, John Lewis Direct, House of Fraser and Tesco. During his career Robin has held a number of Non-Executive roles including Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at William Hill plc. He is currently Non-Executive Chair of Wetsuit Outlet, Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at New Look and Non-Executive director at Åhléns AB. Robin qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand.
Committees: Audit (Chair); Remuneration
Appointed: Joined the Board of Jet2 plc in September 2018 as a Non-Executive Director, having provided consultancy services and advice to the Directors of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays on commercial strategy projects since 2010.
Experience: Richard has extensive commercial experience in the travel industry gained from working in both the Airline and Tour Operating sectors. During his career Richard has held a number of significant positions, initially working in senior management roles within First Choice Holidays and Thomas Cook, and then as Managing Director/CEO of Direct Holidays plc, My Travel Group and Globespan plc. Richard is also a Director of Brooklyn Travel Holdings Limited and a number of its subsidiary undertakings.
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