Directors and officers

Chairman of the board

John Barton

Aged 68. Became a member of the Board in 2002 and was appointed Deputy Chairman in 2004 and Chairman in 2006. He is also Chairman of Catlin Group Limited and previously served as Chief Executive of JIB Group plc, Chairman of Cable and Wireless Worldwide plc, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc, Wellington Underwriting plc and Brit Insurance Holdings plc and as a non-executive director of WH Smith plc and Hammerson plc.

Executive directors

Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise, Chief Executive

Aged 45. Joined the Group in 1991. Appointed Retail Sales Director in 1993, became responsible for NEXT Directory in 1995 and was appointed to the Board in 1997 with additional responsibilities for systems. Appointed Managing Director of the NEXT Brand in 1999 and Chief Executive in 2001.

Christos Angelides, Group Product Director

Aged 49. Joined the Group in 1986. Christos has a wealth of experience in the product area starting at NEXT as a Trainee Menswear Buyer and became General Manager of NEXT's sourcing office in Hong Kong in 1989, Menswear Product Director in 1994 and Womenswear Product Director in 1998. He was appointed to the Board in 2000 and has overall responsibility for all aspects of the design, buying, quality and merchandising of NEXT products.

David Keens, Group Finance Director

Aged 59. Joined NEXT in 1986 as Group Treasurer and was appointed to the Board in 1991. Previous experience includes seven years in the accountancy profession and nine years in the UK and overseas operations of multinational manufacturers of consumer goods, with roles including Group Treasurer and Finance Director. Professional qualifications include the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Andrew Varley, Group Property Director

Aged 62. Joined the Group in 1985 and was appointed to the Board in 1990. Andrew's responsibilities include property, franchise, corporate responsibility and code of practice related matters. Previous experience includes twelve years in retail and commercial property. He is also a non-executive director of LondonMetric Property Investments plc and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Company Secretary

Andrew McKinlay

Independent non-executive directors

Jonathan Dawson

Senior Independent Non-executive Director

Aged 61. Became a member of the Board in 2004. He is also a non-executive director of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc and National Grid plc and a partner in Penfida Partners LLP. Previous experience includes non-executive directorships of National Australia Group Europe Ltd, Standard Life Investments (Holdings) Limited and GallifordTry plc, eight years in the Ministry of Defence and over twenty years in investment banking with Lazard.

Steve Barber

Aged 61. Became a member of the Board in 2007. Previous experience includes almost thirty years in the accountancy profession, principally with Price Waterhouse where he was a senior partner. Formerly Finance Director of Mirror Group and Chief Operating Officer of Whitehead Mann. Founder of The Objectivity Partnership and a member of the Audit Quality Forum.

Christine Cross

Aged 61. Became a member of the Board in 2005. She is also a non-executive director of Sonae Group Ltd (Portugal), Woolworths Limited (Australia) and Kathmandu Limited (New Zealand). Christine is also Chief Retail Advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers and a retail advisor to Apax Partners and Warburg Pincus. Previous experience includes fourteen years as a director at Tesco plc and fifteen years lecturing and course director roles at Edinburgh and Bath Universities.

Francis Salway

Aged 55. Joined the Board in June 2010. He is also Chairman of Town & Country Housing Group and a non-executive director of Cadogan Group Limited. Formerly Chief Executive of Land Securities Group plc and past president of the British Property Federation.

Caroline Goodall

Aged 57. Became a member of the Board in January 2013. Caroline has thirty years' experience in the legal profession, with twenty years as a corporate finance partner at Herbert Smith, including five years as head of the Global Corporate Division. She is currently a non-executive director of SVG Capital plc and a non-executive on the Partnership Board of Grant Thornton UK LLP, and a trustee and member of the Council of the National Trust.

Board committees

Audit Committee
Steve Barber (Committee Chairman)Caroline Goodall
Christine CrossFrancis Salway
Jonathan Dawson 
  
Remuneration Committee 
Jonathan Dawson (Committee Chairman)Christine Cross
Steve BarberCaroline Goodall
John BartonFrancis Salway
  
Nomination Committee 
John Barton (Committee Chairman)Jonathan Dawson
Steve BarberCaroline Goodall
Christine CrossFrancis Salway