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Dignity PLC (DTY.L)

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1 Dec 2020
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Clive Whiley

60 2019 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Mike McCollum

52 2009 Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Steve Whittern

2009 Finance Director, Executive Director

Richard Portman

2019 Corporate Services Director, Executive Director

Mark Hull

Marketing Director

Steve Gant

2003 Crematoria Director

Andrew Judd

Director of Funeral Operations

Alan Lathbury

Business Development Director

Paul Toghill

Director of Pre Arrangement

Paul Turner

2018 Transformation Director

Tim George

2018 Company Secretary

James Wilson

2019 Non-Executive Director

Jane Ashcroft

2012 Non-Executive Independent Director

Gillian Kent

2020 Non-Executive Independent Director

Dean Moore

2020 Non-Executive Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Clive Whiley

Mr. Clive Peter Whiley serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. Clive has over thirty five years' experience in regulated strategic management positions since becoming a Member of the London Stock Exchange. He has extensive main board executive director experience across a broad range of financial services, engineering, manufacturing, distribution, retail & leisure businesses: encompassing the UK, Europe, North America, Australasia, Middle East and the People's Republic of China.

Mike McCollum

Mr. Mike K. McCollum serves as Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of the Company. Mike joined Dignity’s former parent, SCI, in 1995 from KPMG Corporate Finance in London. As Finance Director he was part of the management team that guided the Group through the leveraged buy out in 2002 and IPO in 2004. He was appointed Chief Executive in 2009. He is a solicitor and also holds an MBA from Warwick University.

Steve Whittern

Mr. Steve L. Whittern serves as Finance Director, Executive Director of the Company. Steve joined the Group in 1999 from KPMG. He was appointed Finance Director at the beginning of 2009, having spent the previous two years as Financial Controller, being responsible for the Group’s finance function. Steve has led the three refinancings and Returns of Cash since 2010, and the debt and equity funding for the Yew Acquisition in 2013. Steve is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a mathematics degree from Warwick University.

Richard Portman

Mr. Richard Portman serves as Corporate Services Director, Executive Director of the Company. Richard joined SCI from HSBC to be Chief Accountant in 1999. Following the IPO, Richard was appointed as Company Secretary and became Corporate Services Director in 2006. Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, holds a geography degree from the University of Birmingham, is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He is also one of the Trustees of the Dignity Welfare Trust.

Mark Hull

Mr. Mark Hull serves as Marketing Director of the Company. Mark joined Dignity in 2013 as Head of Marketing for funeral plans and has since progressed and established the marketing function for the Group, which he now leads. Responsibilities cover Brand, Promotion, Digital Marketing and Experience, Proposition and Communications. Mark is a Chartered Marketer and Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is also a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He holds a Marketing degree from the University of Hertfordshire, a postgraduate diploma in Marketing from London Guildhall and an MBA from Cranfield University.

Steve Gant

Mr. Steve Gant serves as Crematoria Director of the Company. Mr. Steve joined what is now Dignity in 1988. His key area of responsibility is The Crematorium and Memorial Group. He began his career in the crematoria industry in 1983 and assumed management of the Crematoria division in 2003. Steve currently sits on the Executive for the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities and is part of the National Cremation Working Group for the Ministry of Justice, consulting on the revision and update of the Cremation Acts.

Andrew Judd

Mr. Andrew Judd serves as Director of Funeral Operations of the Company. Andrew joined what is now Dignity in 1996. He is responsible for all aspects of the Group’s day-to-day provision of funeral services through a nationwide network of employees, funeral locations and associated facilities. Andrew has progressed through a variety of roles within both the Co-operative Group and independent sectors. He holds a degree from Wolverhampton University in Economics and Business and holds additional professional qualifications in both Funeral Service Management and Funeral Directing. He has held office in both the British Institute of Funeral Directors currently sitting on the Executive Committee for Professional Standards and Cross Industry Steering Committee for the Funeral Service Consumer Standards Review.

Alan Lathbury

Mr. Alan Lathbury serves as Business Development Director of the Company. Alan joined what is now Dignity in 1999. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds an MBA in Business and Finance. His principle areas of responsibility are Business Development of Crematoria, through acquisition of existing crematoria, building of new greenfield location crematoria and through partnerships with local authorities to manage existing bereavement services. Currently Alan is managing the Company’s response to the Competition and Market Authority’s investigation into the funeral industry.

Paul Toghill

Mr. Paul Toghill serves as Director of Pre Arrangement of the Company. Paul joined Dignity in 2006. His key area of responsibility is the running of Dignity Pre Arrangement, which includes Proposition, Distribution, Marketing and Operations. Paul has worked in the life insurance and pre-arranged funeral plan markets for over 25 years, with a particular focus on funeral propositions, distribution and the strategic development of affinity partnerships including within FCA regulated markets. Paul is a Member of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing, and holds a Diploma in Interactive and Direct Marketing.

Paul Turner

Mr. Paul Turner serves as Transformation Director of the Company. Paul joined Dignity in 2018. He is responsible for delivering the Transformation Plan which involves understanding the relationship between price, service and volume to develop a broader proposition for customers across a number of market segments, developing a streamlined network and central operating model that can consistently deliver efficiently at lower-cost. Paul has led major change projects in a number of branch-based service industries including pubs, restaurants and builders merchants, and is also responsible for IT within Dignity. Paul graduated from the University of Stirling in Accounting and French Language, and is a Chartered Management Accountant.

Tim George

Mr. Tim George serves as Company Secretary of the Company. Tim was appointed Company Secretary in December 2018 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators.

James Wilson

Mr. James Wilson is Non-Executive Director of the Company. James joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 1 May 2019. James is a partner at Phoenix Asset Management Partners Limited and manages The Huginn Fund. James joined Phoenix in 2013. Prior to this, James spent three years at Aviva Investors in the Pan-European equity team. James holds a masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Durham and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. James is a Non-Executive Director of Hornby Plc.

Jane Ashcroft

Ms. Jane Ashcroft serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. Jane is Chief Executive of Anchor Hanover, England’s largest provider of housing and care for older people and held a number of senior positions since joining them in 1999 before appointment to her current role in 2010. She is a Board member and Vice- Chair of the National Housing Federation, and a founding member and Vice- Chair of the Associated Retirement Community Operators. A graduate of Stirling University, she is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Trustee of The Silver Line charity and was awarded a CBE in the 2014 New Year’s honours list.

Gillian Kent

Ms. Gillian Dawn Celia Kent serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. Gillian has had a broad executive career including being Chief Executive of real estate portal, Propertyfinder, until its acquisition by Zoopla, and 15 years with Microsoft including three years as Managing Director of MSN UK. Gillian holds non-executive director roles at Mothercare plc where she is Chair of the Remuneration Committee, SIG plc, NAHL Group plc, Ascential Plc, and at three private companies, Howsy Limited (formerly No Agent Technologies Limited), Theo Topco Limited (which trades as Key Group) and Portswigger Limited. Formerly she was a non-executive director at Pendragon Plc and Coull Limited.

Dean Moore

Mr. Dean Moore serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. Dean is a chartered accountant with extensive public company experience having previously been Chief Financial Officer at Cineworld plc, N Brown Group plc, T&S Stores plc and Graham Group plc and formerly non-executive Chairman of Tuxedo Money Solutions Limited. He is currently an independent non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Cineworld plc and Audit Committee Chairman and Senior Independent Director of Volex plc. Dean will become Chairman of the Audit Committee in succession to David Blackwood.