Board of Directors

Rowan Gormley, Chief Executive Officer

Appointment Date

April 2015

Experience

Co-founded Virgin Money, The Virgin One Account, Virgin Wines and Naked Wines.

Qualified as a chartered accountant and spent seven years at Electra Investment Management.

External appointments

None

Skills brought to the Board

Founder of Naked Wines

Favourite wines

Whatever is in front of me!

James Crawford, Group Chief Financial Officer

Appointment Date

August 2015

Experience

Joined Naked Wines as Finance Director in March 2014 following a 13-year career with Diageo PLC, a global leader in beers, spirits and wine, where he held several senior finance, strategy and business development roles in the UK and North America.

External appointments

None

Skills brought to the Board

Financial skills, industry knowledge and international experience.

Favourite wines

White: Stepp Pinot Gris
Red: Kruger Elements

Nick Devlin, Group Chief Operating Officer

Appointment Date

June 2019

Experience

Nick has played a significant role in the development of our business overseeing growth in the USA since appointment as President in 2017. Nick has a background in corporate strategy having previously worked in OC&C’s Consumer practice in London.

External appointments

None

Skills brought to the Board

Corporate strategy, revenue management and knowledge of US market

Favourite wines

White – Gerd Stepp, Pfalz Riesling
Red – Ana Diogo-Draper, Amador Touriga Nacional

John Walden, Chairman

Appointment Date

June 2019

Experience

John has been at the forefront of multi-channel, consumer-driven retailing for more than 20 years. He has served in chairman, chief executive and board advisory roles, with a proven record of growth across a diverse range of organisations from start-ups to listed companies. He has been successful in creating transformational results through strategic insight, operating excellence, engaging leadership and ability to combine entrepreneurialism with scale. John has specific expertise in digital and multi-channel consumer businesses, and in leading reinvigoration, turnaround and organisational change in established enterprises across the US and UK markets. John holds a Master’s degree in Business Management, a Juris Doctorate with High Honours and a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

External appointments

John is a non-executive Advisory Board member for LetterOne (L1) Retail, Chief Executive of Inversion, Inc. LLC (a personally owned consultancy), and recently stepped down as Executive Chairman for Holland & Barrett International Ltd.

Skills brought to the Board

Retail, digital and technology knowledge, transformational and growth leadership experience, and knowledge of US and UK consumer markets

Favourite wines

White – Christophe et Fils Chablis
Red - Jonathan Maltus Le Lastau Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Ian Harding, Senior Independent Director and Non-Executive Director

Appointment Date

June 2013

Experience

Spent 16 years with Kingfisher PLC, 11 years as Group Communications Director, previously spent eight years at PWC and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Committees

Chair of Remuneration Committee.

External appointments

None

Skills brought to the Board

Finance, communications, investor and media relations expertise.

Favourite wines

White: Bollinger
Red: Jordan Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Katrina Cliffe, Non-Executive Director

Appointment Date

20 May 2019

Experience

Katrina has experience over a wide range of financial and retail institutions, including American Express and Lloyds TSB.  Through these roles she has gained valuable financial, marketing, customer relations and retail experience

Committees

Audit: Member, Remuneration: Member, Nominations: Member

External appointments

NED - London and Country Mortgages Limited
NED - Homeserve Plc
NED - Cembra Money Bank AG

Skills brought to the Board

Product and marketing
Subscription and membership
Board experience

Favourite wines

White: Rod Easthope Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Red: Bird on a Wire Syrah

Greg Hodder, Non-Executive Director

Appointment Date

October 2015

Experience

Chief Executive of Charles Tyrwhitt for 9 years.  Chief Executive Officer of Direct Wines for 14 years.  He has also formerly held senior positions at Smallbone USA.

External appointments

Non Executive Director at Hotel Chocolat

Skills brought to the Board

Retail and wine sector experience, focus on multi-channel and e-commerce delivery.

Favourite wines

White: Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc
Red: Carlos Rodriguez Morum Rioja Reserva

Justin Apthorp, Non-Executive Director

Appointment Date

January 2006

Experience

Spent 25 years with Majestic, with the last 10 years as Buying Director, before retiring from his executive role at the end of 2015. Previously he worked in marketing and brand development for Bejam and Lyons Tetley.

External appointments

Governor of Berkhamsted School since 2005.

Skills brought to the Board

Knowledge of buying and Majestic Wine.

Favourite wines

White: Russian River Chardonnay from the USA
Red: Central Otago Pinot Noir from New Zealand

David Stead, Non-Executive Director

Appointment Date

November 2017

Experience

David was Chief Financial Officer of Dunelm Group plc from September 2003 until his retirement in 2015. Prior to this, David was Finance Director for Boots The Chemists Ltd and Boots Healthcare International between 1991 and 2003. David is a chartered accountant, having spent the early part of his career with KPMG.

Committees

Chair of Audit Committee

External appointments

David is currently Non-Executive Director of Card Factory plc and Joules Group plc. He is also a member of the Council at the University of Birmingham.

Skills brought to the Board

Finance, Public markets

Favourite wines

Favourite White - Gruener Veltliner
Favourite Red - Nero d’avola