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Portmeirion Group (PMP)


Tuesday 04 August, 2020

Portmeirion Group

Board Changes

RNS Number : 0041V
Portmeirion Group PLC
04 August 2020

4 August 2020





Portmeirion Group PLC

(the "Group")


Board Changes


Portmeirion, the designer, manufacturer and worldwide distributor of high quality homewares under the Portmeirion, Spode, Royal Worcester, Pimpernel, Wax Lyrical and Nambé brands, announces the following changes to its Board of Directors.

Having served the Group for over 20 years, Lawrence Bryan, currently non-executive director and previously Chief Executive Officer until September 2019, will retire from the Board with immediate effect. Phil Atherton, Group Sales and Marketing Director, has informed the Board of his decision to leave the business and steps down from the Board with immediate effect.


Simultaneously, the Group is delighted to announce that Jacqui (Jacqueline) Gale and Bill (William) Robedee will join the Board. Jacqui will join with immediate effect whilst Bill's appointment remains subject to customary Nomad checks. Both Jacqui and Bill are currently key members of the Group's senior commercial leadership team. Jacqui Gale, currently Managing Director of Wax Lyrical, the Group's home fragrance division, is appointed Chief Commercial Officer and will drive the Group's brand strategies and growth plans for the UK and ROW markets. Bill Robedee, who has done an excellent job in the past 12 months integrating our two US businesses, joins the Board as President of North America.

At the same time Clare Askem has been appointed as a non-executive director with immediate effect. Clare brings a wealth of experience in business change and digital transformation, which is a key part of the Group's strategy. Clare has previously held executive roles at Sainsbury PLC (including being the Managing Director of Habitat), Home Retail Group and Dixons PLC.

Commenting on the Board changes, Dick Steele, Chairman said:

"These changes are part of our refocus and support our ongoing growth strategy and I'm delighted to welcome Jacqui, Bill and Clare to the Board.   Clare joins us with an enviable retail and digital background and I am confident she will provide the right balance of challenge and independence.

Sadly we say farewell to Lawrence and Phil. They have both contributed hugely to the success of Portmeirion, Phil over the last seven years and Lawrence over a quarter of a century. I thank them for their work as colleagues and for their friendship."

Please refer to Annex 1 for all further disclosure relating to Rule 17 or paragraph (g) of Schedule 2 of the AIM Rules for Companies.


Notes: This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014.




Portmeirion Group PLC:

Mike Raybould

Chief Executive

+44 (0) 1782 743 443

[email protected]

David Sproston

Group Finance Director

+44 (0) 1782 743 443

[email protected]




Hudson Sandler:

Dan de Belder

Nick Moore

+44 (0) 207 796 4133

[email protected]

[email protected]




Panmure Gordon:

(Nominated Adviser and Broker) 

+44 (0) 207 886 2500


Freddy Crossley / Joanna Langley


Corporate Finance

James Stearns


Corporate Broking


N+1 Singer:

(Joint broker) 

+44 (0) 207 496 3000


Peter Steel / Ben Farrow


Corporate Finance

Rachel Hayes


Corporate Broking



Annex 1

Clare Victoria Askem (née Evans) , 51, is, or has been in the previous five years, a director of the following companies:

Current directorships


Previous directorships


Studio Retail Group PLC

Habitat Retail Limited


Jacqueline Mary Gale ( née McNeill) , 57, is, or has been in the previous five years, a director of the following companies:


Current directorships


Previous directorships


JG International Ltd

With Kids


Colony Gift Corporation Limited

Lighthouse Holdings Limited

Wax Lyrical Limited

Colony Deutschland GmbH

AAH Realisations Limited

AAL Realisations Limited



Jacqui Gale was a Director of AAL Realisations Limited from June 2015 until March 2017; the company was placed into administration in March 2017 and subsequently a creditors' voluntary liquidation in February 2018. The deficiency as regards creditors was approximately £0.8 million.


There are no other disclosures required in relation to Rule 17 or paragraph (g) of Schedule 2 of the AIM Rules for Companies.

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