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Our Board of Directors and Executive Committee work together to help set the strategy and direction for Restore, in-line with our agreed company values. By combining our values with our business strategy, we ensure that Restore is well placed to grow fast, yet responsibly.

Board of Directors

Sharon Baylay-Bell
Chair
Charles Bligh
Chief Executive Officer
Neil Ritchie
Chief Financial Officer, FCA
Jamie Hopkins
Senior Independent Director
Susan Davy
Non-Executive Director
Lisa Fretwell
Non-Executive Director

Sharon Baylay-Bell

Chair

Appointed Chair 1 October 2021 having joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in September 2014, Sharon also held the role of Senior independent Director ahead of being appointed Chair.

Sharon is Non-Executive Chair at Foundation SP Ltd, backed by Lloyds Development Capital (LDC). Sharon is also a Non-Executive Director of Eurowag (W.A.G payments solutions plc). She has previously been Marketing Director and main Board Director of the BBC, responsible for marketing communications and audiences, and spent much of her career at Microsoft where she was Board Director of Microsoft UK and Regional General Manager of MSN International.

Sharon is also a holder of the FT/Pearson Non-Executive Director Diploma and a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Sharon is also Chair of the Group’s Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committee.

Charles Bligh

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed March 2019

Charles has extensive experience in creating and maintaining high growth businesses, gained through his eight years as Chief Operating Officer and Board Director at TalkTalk Telecom Group, and 20 years at IBM Corporation, where he  was most recently Vice President, Commercial Sector in UK and Ireland. Charles is a seasoned business leader with a strong track record in leading organisations and providing strategic guidance. Charles has a strong reputation for building high performing teams, which allow businesses to grow at pace.

Charles is also a Non-Executive Director of RM plc, providing digital assessment and data solutions for the world’s leading awarding organisations, educational institutions and governments.

Neil Ritchie

Chief Financial Officer, FCA

Appointed October 2019

Neil is a Chartered Accountant and prior to joining the Group in 2019, he was CFO for Mulberry Group plc after spending 14 years at Dyson, the technology group, where he held a number of senior executive roles.

In addition to his ordinary financing, reporting and governance responsibilities, Neil is heavily engaged in M&A activity and also leads the Group’s Property, Risk and Health and Safety functions.

Neil trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

 

Jamie Hopkins

Senior Independent Director

Appointed January 2020

Jamie was previously Chief Executive Officer of Workspace Group plc from 2012 until May 2019. Formerly served as Chief Executive and then a Non-Executive Director of Mapeley plc from 2002 until 2010 and a Director of Chester Properties from 2009 to 2012. Also acted as Investment Director of Delancey Estates and Savills between 1990 to 2002. A member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Jamie is currently a Non-Executive Director at Allsop LLP and St Modwen.

Jamie has significant experience of running a FTSE 250 company, bringing diversity of thought and an excellent understanding of business and the property sector, which is important due to Restore’s large estate.

Jamie is Chair of the Company’s Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Nomination Committee.

Susan Davy

Non-Executive Director

Appointed January 2020

Susan has been Chief Executive Officer at Pennon Group plc since July 2020 having joined the Group in 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. Susan was previously Finance and Regulatory Director at South West Water.

Susan is highly respected in the City and has been instrumental in building Pennon’s reputation.

Susan is Chair or the Company’s Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

Lisa Fretwell

Non-Executive Director

Appointed April 2022

Lisa was most recently Managing Director for Experian’s UK Data Business, prior to which she held senior roles in transformation and consulting for various technology organisations including Cisco and Cap Gemini…

Lisa is also a Non-Executive Director of Santander UK.

Lisa is Chair of the Group’s Risk Committee and a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Executive Committee

Charles Bligh
Chief Executive Officer
Neil Ritchie
Chief Financial Officer, FCA
Sarah Waudby
Company Secretary
Angie Wiseman
Chief People Officer
Nigel Dews
Managing Director, Records Management
Mark Horrocks
Managing Director, Digital
Duncan Gooding
Managing Director, Datashred & Technology
Tim Ryder
Managing Director, Harrow Green
Kieran Walshe
Managing Director, Digital Solutions
Chris Wilde
Director of Corporate Development

Charles Bligh

Chief Executive Officer

Charles has extensive experience in creating and maintaining high growth businesses, gained through his eight years as Chief Operating Officer and Board Director at TalkTalk Telecom Group, and 20 years at IBM Corporation, where he  was most recently Vice President, Commercial Sector in UK and Ireland. Charles is a seasoned business leader with a strong track record in leading organisations and providing strategic guidance. Charles has a strong reputation for building high performing teams, which allow businesses to grow at pace.

Charles is also a Non-Executive Director of RM plc, providing digital assessment and data solutions for the world’s leading awarding organisations, educational institutions and governments.

Neil Ritchie

Chief Financial Officer, FCA

Neil is a Chartered Accountant and prior to joining the Group in 2019, he was CFO for Mulberry Group plc after spending 14 years at Dyson, the technology group, where he held a number of senior executive roles.

In addition to his ordinary financing, reporting and governance responsibilities, Neil is heavily engaged in M&A activity and also leads the Group’s Property, Risk and Health and Safety functions.

Neil trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Sarah Waudby

Company Secretary

Sarah joined the Group in April 2007 and is a Chartered Accountant and also the Group’s Director of Group Finance. Prior to this Sarah held a variety of finance roles.

Sarah serves on the Executive Committee as Company Secretary.

Angie Wiseman

Chief People Officer

Prior to this Angie spent 15 years at TalkTalk in a variety of senior HR roles, including B2B HR Director, Talent & Development Director and People Director: Organisational Effectiveness & Business Partnering. As well as Caudwell Communications and Peacocks.

Angie has a Masters in Human Resource Management and is a values led, highly driven and effective HR and change professional. She is able to develop strong relationships to diagnose strategic people requirements across diverse client groups, and deploy initiatives to drive the achievement of business strategy. With a passion for talent and development, experienced in strategic capability planning across all levels.

Nigel Dews

Managing Director, Records Management

Nigel was appointed Managing Director of Records Management in January 2020.

He was previously Managing Director of Restore Harrow Green which he joined in 1999. Prior to this he spent 14 years with Pickford’s Removals where he held several Senior Management positions.

In addition to his role as the Managing Director of Records Management, Nigel provides strategic support in Harrow Green.

Mark Horrocks

Managing Director, Digital

Mark joined Restore Digital in April 2016 and held the roles of Operations & IT Director and Commercial Director before being appointed Managing Director in January 2019.

Mark was previously Operations Director then Commercial Director and a member of the UK Operating Board of EDM Group Ltd which he joined in August 2007. Previously he had a 13 year career in various senior IT roles in three UK based businesses.

At Restore Digital, Mark has utilised his strong operational and commercial knowledge to create a responsible, yet fast growing business, aligned to customer needs.

Duncan Gooding

Managing Director, Datashred & Technology

He has worked over the last 25 years in the IT and Telecoms markets with recent experience in Logicalis as a Sales Director and then in the B2B Division in TalkTalk as the Sales Director and then Chief Operating Officer. Duncan was also Manging Director of Roc Technologies, an award winning IT solution and managed services provider that delivers successful digital transformation through innovative process optimisation.

Tim Ryder

Managing Director, Harrow Green

Tim Ryder was appointed Managing Director of Harrow Green in Jan 2020.

Tim joined Harrow Green in 1993 and joined the Group in 2012, when Harrow Green was acquired by Restore. He has held senior roles in the removals and Records Management businesses and prior to his current appointment was the Operations Director for Harrow Green.

Kieran Walshe

Managing Director, Digital Solutions

Kieran joined the Group in May 2021 as part of the acquisition of EDM Group where he has held various Executive level posts driving business growth across both US and UK. He has over 25 years’ experience in Digital services, leading all aspects of service enablement.

Prior to joining EDM, Kieran led an international team responsible for Xerox’s DMS strategy, delivering Digital platforms across Europe. His success at Xerox led to his appointment to evolve Iron Mountain’s Digital delivery structures to provide a standardized solution platform and associated engagement structure across Western and Central Europe.

Chris Wilde

Director of Corporate Development

Chris has spent 40 years as a business owner in the technology industry around the World and held both CEO and Chairman roles since the early 1980s when he started his first business. He is responsible for the company’s M&A activity.

Board Committees

Audit
Committee

The Audit Committee consists of Susan Davy as Chair and the Non-Executive Directors with the Executive Directors attending. The Group’s external auditors are invited during the year to report on audit and reporting matters.

Risk
Committee

The Risk Committee consists of Sharon Baylay-Bell as Chair, the Executive Directors and the Group Head of Risk. The Businesses’ Managing Directors attend the Risk Committee meetings with function heads requested to report as appropriate.

Remuneration
Committee

The Remuneration Committee consists of Jamie Hopkins as Chair and the Non-Executive Directors.

Nomination
Committee

The Nomination Committee consists of Sharon Baylay-Bell as Chair (unless the matter under discussion is her own succession) and the Non-Executive Directors.

ESG
Committee

The ESG Committee consists of all Non-Executive and the Executive Directors and is chaired by the CEO.

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About our businesses

Our businesses are on high growth trajectories, each with a unique business strategy for their market. Sharing target markets, they work closely together as ONE Restore to grow organically.

What we do

Sustainability commitment

With financial strength comes great responsibility. Our ESG strategy is essential to the Restore culture and ensuring we are a responsible business to the planet, our people and our local communities.

Our responsibilities