Lord MacLaurin – Chairman
Lord MacLaurin has served as a Board Chairman of INSPECS Holdings Limited since 8 March 2017.
Lord Ian MacLaurin is a well-known figure in business with a stellar track record of successfully leading plc companies through significant change. Having served as chairman of Tesco between 1985 and 1997, which he is credited with building up into the UK’s largest retailer, Lord MacLaurin went on to serve as the chairman of Vodafone between 1999 and 2006. His tenure in the House of Lords lasted over two decades. Lord MacLaurin brings invaluable insights and experience to the Group’s ambitious global growth plans.
Robin Totterman – Group Chief Executive Officer
Robin has been a Board member since founding INSPECS in 1988.
Robin Totterman is an entrepreneur and forerunner in the branded eyewear industry with over 30 years’ experience in eyewear licensing, design, manufacture and wholesale. Robin’s passion for design and fashion brought the first branded eyewear to the UK optical market (Jean-Paul Gaultier). His ability to recognise value and seize opportunity saw him complete the acquisition of Killine in 2017, creating a vertically-integrated group rivalled by only a small number of eyewear firms. Prior to Inspecs, Robin worked at UBS-Swiss Bank and Banque Paribas.
Chris Kay – Group Chief Financial Officer
Chris has been involved with Inspecs since it was founded in 1988 and served as a Board member for INSPECS Holdings Limited since 13 November 2013.
Chris Kay is a qualified chartered accountant and became a partner of Thorne Lancaster Parker, a UK accountancy and taxation firm, in 1992 (of which he is now a non-practising partner). He became Finance Director of INSPECS in 2013 and works closely with Robin Totterman on strategy for the Group. Chris’ business development and M&A experience was pivotal to the execution and integration of INSPECS’ Killine Group acquisition.
Christopher Hancock FCA – Senior Independent Director
Christopher has served as a Board member for INSPECS Holdings Limited since 8 March 2017.
Christopher Hancock has 30 years’ experience in business development, restructuring and corporate finance. Christopher qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen before entering investment banking where he spent 10 years with JPMorgan. He established his own consultancy practice in 2009 and co-founded an FCA regulated corporate finance and investment management firm in 2012. Christopher brings a broad range of experience in business development, M&A and corporate finance across several sectors.
Richard Peck – Independent Director
Richard has served as a Board member since 10 January 2020.
Richard Peck is a consultant with 37 years of optical experience. Richard brings a wealth of experience from working in other leading eyewear companies such as David Clulow and Luxottica, where he held the position of managing director Retail Northern Europe between 2010 and 2018. Richard’s retail background increases the Board’s diversity of skills, knowledge and experience.
Angela Farrugia – Independent Director
Angela was appointed as a member of the Board on 12 May 2020.
Angela provided specialist advisory services to the Group from October 2019 to the date of appointment to the Board.
Founder of the most successful brand management company in the world, Angela formed TLC (The Licensing Company Ltd) in London in 1996. Creating a new breed of agency, the business grew to encompass 24 offices in 16 countries and amassed a roster of leading brand representations in various sectors, generating over $12.4bn in retail sales annually for its clients. In addition to 22 years operating experience gained within a challenging international business environment, Angela’s appointment has satisfied one of the Board’s objectives, increased board diversity.