Directors

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Andrew Gerrie (aged 53)
Non-Executive Chairman

Andrew joined Hotel Chocolat as Non-Executive Chairman in 2015 and has extensive retail experience, having served as Chief Executive Officer of Lush Cosmetics from 1994 to 2014. During his 20 years as Chief Executive Officer, Lush grew to over 900 stores across 49 countries, employing over 10,000 people with seven manufacturing facilities across the world and sales in excess of £454m.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Auckland University.

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Angus Thirlwell (aged 53)
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Angus co-founded Hotel Chocolat with his business partner, Peter Harris, in 1993. Angus is Chief Executive of the Group and has a particular focus on brand, strategy, product, channel models, marketing and creative. In 2008, Angus won the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year with co-founder Peter Harris.

Angus attended Cranfield School of Management and is a committee member for The Academy of Chocolate.

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Peter Harris (aged 61)
Co-Founder and Development Director

Peter co-founded Hotel Chocolat with his business partner, Angus Thirlwell, in 1993. Peter was Finance Director for 18 years from when the business was founded and now focuses on the real estate, legal and IP elements of the business. Prior to Hotel Chocolat, Peter co-founded Torch Computers in 1981 and was a director until it was sold in 1987. In 2008, Peter won the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year with co-founder Angus Thirlwell.

Peter qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1979.

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Matt Pritchard (aged 41)
Chief Financial Officer

Matt joined Hotel Chocolat as Chief Financial Officer in 2014 and is responsible for the finance function and retail operations. He has over 20 years’ experience in retail finance roles, gained at a number of blue chip organisations. Matt joined WH Smith in 1998 and moved to Somerfield in 2007 where he became Director of Commercial Finance, responsible for forming a new commercial finance team covering buying, marketing, retail operations and property. In 2010 Matt joined Asda as Head of Business Development and was made Head of Trading Finance in 2012.

Matt qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1998 and holds a BA Hons in Geography from the University of Sheffield.

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Matt Margereson (aged 45)
Chief Operating Officer

Matt has 23 years’ experience in retail operations and supply chain management. Matt joined Ice Fresh Foods in 1999 as Operations Director and moved to Pioneering Food Group in 2003 as Group Operations Director. Matt joined Hotel Chocolat in 2006 as Supply Chain Director and became Operations Director in 2007. In 2010 Matt became Managing Director of Operations and was appointed as Chief Operations Officer in 2015. He is responsible for the operational elements of Hotel Chocolat, including supply chain management, product development, manufacturing, engineering and technology.

Matt completed an MBA in Business Management for Strategic Advantage in 2010 and became a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

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Sophie Tomkins (aged 46)
Non-Executive Director

Sophie has considerable public markets experience, gained through a 17 year career in the City at several investment banks. Sophie began her career at Arthur Anderson, after which she joined Cazenove & Co in 1995 as an Equities Analyst, covering the food retail, food manufacturing and household products sectors. Sophie joined Collins Stewart in 1997 as an Equity Analyst and Salesperson on the Small-Cap team, involved in a variety of different transactions and fundraises. In 2006, Sophie joined Fairfax becoming Head of Equities, responsible for Corporate Finance, Corporate Broking, Sales, Trading, Market-Making, and Research, before leaving in 2012.

Sophie is currently Non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Synety Group PLC. Sophie qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Anderson in 1994, gained an MA in Modern History from St. John’s College, Cambridge and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment