The Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth (aged 82) – Independent non-executive Chairman
Lord Ian McLaurin is a well-known figure in business. Having served as chairman of Tesco between 1985 and 1997, which he is credited with building up into the UK’s largest retailer, he 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 (aged 59) – Chief Executive Officer
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.
Christopher Kay (aged 57) – Chief Financial Officer
Christopher Kay has been involved with Inspecs since it was founded in 1988. He 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. Across 2016 and 2017, Chris led the execution and integration of the Killine acquisition.
Christopher Hancock (aged 52) – Senior Independent non-executive Director
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 (aged 55) – Independent non-executive Director
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.