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After qualifying as a chartered accountant and a subsequent career in the City of London in merchant banking, Mr Egleton spent a period of 6 years with The British Land Company PLC. He then became Chief Executive and founder shareholder of Beckenham Group Plc, a small industrial group which was floated on the Third Market in 1987 and subsequently moved to the Unlisted Securities market in 1989. He relinquished his major executive role in relation to that group in 1991 and retired from the group in 1993. From the late 1980’s he was the major shareholder in Pentex Group plc, a UK oil exploration and production company. He realised the bulk of his investment in Pentex Group plc between 1994 and 1995, immediately prior to its flotation, and since that date has concentrated on a number of private business interests but principally that of the Group, which he joined in 1995.
Mr Wilson is a travel professional with over 25 years experience and an in-depth knowledge of the leisure industry. He was previously a main board director of My Travel plc, formerly known as Airtours, a £3 billion turnover company, prior to which he was CEO of Direct Holidays PLC. During his five year tenure at Direct Holidays the profits tripled and it was then sold to Airtours for over £80 million. In 1991 he was part of a group which acquired leading independent resort estate agents, Beach Villas, which was sold to Thomas Cook in 1997. He joined the Board in 2006 and was appointed Managing Director with effect from 17 November 2009.
Mr Cook, a Chartered Accountant, has held a number of senior executive positions. These include most recently his role as Chief Executive at WestLB Panmure, until 2003, where he was responsible for all global functions and the expansion and development of WestLB Panmure’s business. Prior to this he spent three years at UBS as a managing director where he was on the Global Investment Banking Management Committee. He was also a director of Barclays de Zoete Wedd. He was a founding member of the London Stock Exchange techMARK Advisory Council and currently holds various other non-executive positions. He is chairman of Sinclair Pharma plc and MDY plc and a non-executive director of C5 Capital Limited, a private equity fund. He joined the Board in 2006.
Mr Bartman is a specialist in corporate finance and business strategy. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1965, he worked primarily in corporate finance at Coopers & Lybrand, N M Rothschild & Sons and The British Land Company PLC. He has worked as a consultant for many years with a number of major banks and institutions as well as many private and listed industrial companies. He has held various executive and non-executive directorships/chairmanships, including finance director and non-executive director of Signature Restaurants PLC, where he was involved in the refinancing and growth of the business via acquisition. As senior non-executive director, he negotiated the management buy-out of Signature Restaurants led by its chairman, Luke Johnson. He acted as a consultant to the Minoan Group from May 2005 until he joined the Board in 2006 as finance director. He became a Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 March 2014.
Mr Hill is a former director of the Project Management Division of WT Partnership (which provides services to Minoan), one of the largest consultancies in construction in the world. He is a registered architect with more than 30 years international experience in Europe, Africa and Asia and has worked either as an architect and/or project manager on a variety of commercial, industrial and governmental projects, specialising in hotel and leisure developments. Relevant projects include the Pine Cliffs golf resort in Portugal, the Pemberton resort in St Thomas in the British Virgin Islands, St James beach hotels in Barbados and the Sandyport Marina Development in Nassau, Bahamas. He joined the Group in 1993.