The Board & Governance

The Board & Governance

The Directors recognise the importance of sound corporate governance and confirm that, following Admission, they intend to comply with the QCA Guidelines (as devised by the QCA in consultation with a number of significant institutional small company investors). The Directors also confirm that, although compliance with the UK Corporate Governance Code is not compulsory for AIM companies, they intend to comply with the recommendations of the UK Corporate Governance Code where practicable, having regard to the current stage of development of the Company.

Following Admission, the Board will comprise five Directors of which two are Executives and three are Non-Executives, reflecting a blend of different experience and backgrounds. The Board considers all the Non-Executive Directors to be independent.

Executive Directors




Peter Edward Kenyon, Chief Executive Officer


Peter joined Ramsdens in November 2001 as Operations Director and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2008. Peter led the MBO in 2014 and has been responsible for over 25 acquisitions for the Group. He is responsible for overseeing all operations of the business and for setting the Group’s strategy. Prior to joining Ramsdens, Peter’s early career was with Yorkshire Bank for 17 years. He is a Council Member of the National Pawnbrokers Association and became a Director of the Company at the time of the MBO in September 2014.



Martin Anthony Clyburn, Chief Financial Officer


Martin joined Ramsdens in 2009 and is a Chartered Accountant having graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics (MORSE) and later qualifying with respected North East firm, Keith Robinson & Co. Martin joined the board of the Company as Chief Financial Officer in August 2016. Martin is responsible for the finance function within the Group and also works closely with the IT team ensuring the IT and accounting systems are fully integrated. Martin lectured part time at the University of Teesside from 2006 – 2012.

Non-Executive Directors




Andrew David Meehan, Non-Executive Chairman


Andy is a highly experienced retail executive with over 30 years’ experience including CEO and CFO roles at Co-Operative Retail Services, Storehouse plc and Sears plc. For the last 10 years he has held a number of chairmanships and non-executive positions in several retail and consumer product businesses including Fortnum and Mason, GHD Group and American Golf. Andy is a Chartered Accountant and holds a degree in Politics and Economics from Oxford University and has been Chairman of the Company since September 2014.

Andy is currently Non-Executive Director and member of the Remuneration and Audit & Risk Committee and Chair of the Nominations Committee.



Simon Edward Herrick, Non-Executive Director


Simon joined the board of the Company on 1 January 2017. Simon has significant experience in senior finance roles including positions as CFO of Debenhams plc, Northern Foods plc, Kesa Electricals plc and PA Consulting Limited. Since leaving Debenhams, Simon has undertaken consultancy work in the retail sector, most recently as CFO of Crew Clothing Company. Simon is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from Durham University.

Simon is currently Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration and Audit & Risk Committee and member of the Nominations Committee.



Stephen John Smith, Non-Executive Director


Steve joined the board of the Company on 1 January 2017. Steve retired as CEO of Northgate plc in 2010 after a career with Northgate spanning over 20 years. Since leaving Northgate, Steve has served as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of various family and private equity backed businesses, including four positions as Chairman. Steve is a Chartered Accountant and holds a degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Steve is currently Non-Executive Director and member of the Remuneration Committee, Audit & Risk Committee and Nominations Committee.