Director Profiles

John Crabtree OBE
John Crabtree OBENon-Executive Chairman
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John Crabtree joined the Board on 1 March 2005 as a Non-Executive Director. He was appointed Chairman in 2011.

John was the senior partner of Wragge & Co, the Birmingham-based corporate law firm and was responsible for the firm’s evolution into a leading national and international practice with 100 partners and a turnover of £75m.

John has a number of business interests, including being Non-Executive Chairman of Real Estate Investors plc, SLR Holdings Limited, Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust and the charity Sense.

Andrew Hogarth
Andrew HogarthChief Executive
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Andy has held senior roles in a wide range of businesses including retail, support services, healthcare, hospitality and construction.

As Finance Director he led the MBO and subsequent trade sale in 2002 of Pipeline Constructors Group, a £100m utility services business. He is currently CEO of Staffline Group plc, sits on the board of an elderly care charity and is a non-executive director of the Birmingham Hippodrome. He is a Director of Hogarths Hotels, two boutique hotels in Solihull and Kidderminster.

Andy is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) as well as a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and a certified NLP coach.

He joined Staffline in 2002 as Finance Director, becoming Managing Director in 2005 and Chief Executive in 2009.

Diane Martyn
Diane MartynGroup Managing Director
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Until 2011, Diane Martyn was CEO of Randstad Staffing in the UK, part of one of the leading human resources services providers in the world, where she was responsible for the merger of Select Appointments plc and Randstad in 2008.

She has over 20 years’ experience in the staffing industry, where she has held senior management roles including Chief Executive Officer of Select Appointments plc and Managing Director of Blue Arrow.

Diane joined the Board of Staffline on 13 February 2012 as a Non-Executive Director and was appointed Group Managing Director on 25 February 2013.

Chris Pullen
Chris PullenChief Financial Officer
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Chris joined Staffline in September 2015 and was initially responsible for Group Mergers and Acquisitions.  He was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer and an Executive member of the Board in June 2016.

Chris joined the Group from Regus PLC, the FTSE 250 listed provider of flexible working solutions, where he was Global Managing Director of its core Office division.  He has previously held the role of CEO of APCOA Parking (UK) Ltd, which provides parking services across the UK, where he led a turnaround and subsequent significant growth, as well as senior management positions at itc Legal Services Ltd and National Car Parks Limited. Chris was formerly an officer in the Coldstream Guards and holds an MBA from the University of Durham Business School.

Ed Barker
Ed BarkerNon-Executive Director
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Ed Barker has over 12 years of experience in the retail sector working across a number of senior financial and operational functions including; Group Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis, Tax, Pensions, Group Financial Controller and Retail & Logistics Finance.

Prior to working in industry, he achieved professional ACA qualification with PwC in 1998, and was made an FCA in 2013.

Following his appointment to the board in November 2014, Ed is chairman of the Audit and Risk Management committees as well as be a member of the Remuneration and Nomination committees.

Tracy Lewis
Tracy LewisNon-Executive Director
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Tracy Lewis has over 30 years’ experience within the retail and manufacturing sectors having held a number of senior positions. She has considerable experience in leadership roles as well as sales, marketing, product and business development functions.

Tracy was CEO of Wacoal Europe (formerly Eveden Group), a leading designer, manufacturer and global distributor of premium lingerie and swimwear brands and oversaw its sale to Japanese headquartered Wacoal Holdings Corp. in 2012.

Her previous executive roles included management positions at Marks & Spencer Plc, Mothercare Plc and Next Plc. Tracy was also a Non-Executive Director of Original Additions (Beauty) Ltd.

Following her appointment to the board in August 2016, Tracy is chair of the Nomination committee and is also a member of both the Audit and Remuneration committees.