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John Lewis of Hungerford plc ("the Company") designs, manufactures, and retails kitchens, furniture and wall panelling direct to the public from its own showrooms and Company managed concessions throughout the United Kingdom.
In addition the Company operates a United Kingdom direct mail order business, under the name of Just Doors for replacement kitchen cabinet doors.
Manufacturing and administration is carried out from a purpose built factory at Wantage, Oxfordshire constructed in 1998.
The Company's core product line is the "Artisan®" range of kitchens and furniture. In recent years the Company has expanded its line of branded products to include the retro style Crème de la Crème kitchen.
Over the last 6 years the range has been further expanded to include the Shaker Natural Oak and Walnut collection, the Steamer Bay coastal range and the Cool urban kitchen. In 2013 a new category of Bedroom Furniture has been introduced.
Mr O’Brien worked with companies such as Allied Lyons, Granada Group and Black & Decker and has over 15 years public company experience. He joined Max Factor in 1982 as Deputy Managing Director and Finance Director. Already experienced in business transformation, Gary built Max Factor into one of the most profitable divisions in the worldwide operation at the time. He moved on to join the Board of the Burton Group in 1986 before joining the Signet Group as Group Finance Director in 1990. More recently he has focussed on working with smaller businesses and has been involved in a management and advisory capacity within corporate finance, telecommunication, IT and financial services marketing businesses. He is currently involved in the Internet, Retailing and Property arenas. Mr O’Brien is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Institute of Directors.
Mr O’Brien was appointed to the Board in 2016.
John Lewis is the founder of the Company. He trained in business management at Writtle Agriculture College, Chelmsford and agriculture at The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. He subsequently worked as District Agricultural Adviser for The National Agricultural Advisory Service (subsequently ADAS) in Dorset and Wales.
John held the post of Chairman and Chief Executive of the Company until 2 January 2007. Subsequently he served as Non Executive Chairman until August 2008 and currently serves as a Non-Executive Director.
Kiran has spent four years "establishing a dedicated, competent and disciplined sales team", in her previous role as Sales and Marketing Director. She has been working within Sales and Operational Management for over 20 years including the retail sector and management consultancy. Her recent roles have been at Board level and she has provided a sounding board for many CEOs and MDs. She is an Associate CIPD and brings a wealth of experience in good people management and business development.
Kiran was appointed to the Board in 2013 and to the role of Managing Director during 2016.
The Company has 186,745,519 ordinary shares in issue of 0.1pence nominal value each. This information was last updated on 223rd November 2016.
|Director||number of ordinary shares||% of ordinary shares|
In addition to John Lewis's holding noted above, the Company has been advised of the following interests of 3% or more in the Company's issued share capital:
|Shareholder||Number of ordinary shares||% of ordinary shares|
|Mr David Stredder (Spreadex Ltd)||19,887,635||10.65%|
|Diggle Investments Limited||17,689,082||9.47%|
|Hargreaves Lansdown Asset||11,400,000||6.10%|
|TD Direct Investing||5,679,402||3.04%|
47.6% of the Company's issued share capital is not in public hands.
08/11/2016 Pre Close Update
03/11/2016 Board Changes
05/09/2016 Director Succession
09/08/2016 Showroom Closures
29/07/2016 Board Changes
14/07/2016 Appointment of Chairman
06/05/2016 Interim Results
20/04/2016 Board Resignation
28/01/2016 Results of AGM
27/01/2016 AGM Statement
25/1/2016 Posting of Annual Report
25/1/2016 Notice of AGM
18/12/2015 Final Results
26/11/2015 Pre-close Trading Update
14/07/2015 Holding(s) in Company
02/06/2015 Director/PDMR Shareholding
26/05/2015 Trading Update
15/05/2015 Investor Day
08/05/2015 Half Yearly Report
03/02/2015 Result of AGM
02/02/2015 AGM Statement
27/01/2015 Holding(s) in Company
02/01/2015 Posting of Annual Report
23/12/2014 Final Result
24/10/2014 Pre Close Trading Update
01/09/2014 Cancellation of General Meeting
12/08/2014 Change of Name
11/06/2015 Trading Update
14/05/2014 Holding(s) in Company
12/05/2014 Director/PDMR Shareholding
06/05/2014 Holding(s) in Company
01/05/2014 Director/PDMR Shareholding
30/04/2014 New Long Term Incentive Plan
22/04/2014 Holding(s) in Company
17/04/2014 Half Yearly Report
08/04/2014 Holding(s) in Company
24/03/2014 Holding(s) in Company
04/03/2014 Holding(s) in Company
14/02/2014 New Showroom
The Board recognises the importance of good corporate governance practices. As an AIM listed company, the Company is not required to comply with the UK Corporate Governance Code and, whilst the Board recognise this presents the standard to aspire to, they consider complying to be impractical given the size and nature of the Company. The Board seek to follow the QCA’s Corporate Governance Guidelines for AIM Companies to the extent practical and appropriate to the size and complexity of the business.
The Company holds regular Board meetings throughout the year and maintains control over all appropriate strategic, financial, operational and compliance issues.
The remuneration paid to executive directors is reviewed and approved by the Chairman who is independent of the Company's management and free from any business or other relationship which could materially interfere with the exercise of his judgement.
The Chairman, who is independent of the Company's management and free from any business or other relationship which could materially interfere with the exercise of his judgement acts in place of an audit committee. He is responsible for ensuring the financial performance of the Company is properly reported upon and monitored.
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