Arden Partners plc – Board of Directors
Luke Johnson Non-Executive Chairman
Luke is the Chairman of private equity house Risk Capital Partners LLP and holds numerous Board positions across a diverse range of sectors. Former business interests include the Chairmanship of Channel 4 Television Corporation from 2004 to 2010 and Pizza Express, where he grew the business from 12 owned restaurants to over 250 in a six year period. Luke holds Board positions in a number of charities and interest groups and is Chairman of The Institute of Cancer Research; Chairman of StageOne, the national campaign in support of entrepreneurship and Chairman of Career Colleges, an organisation planning 40 vocational colleges for 14-19 year olds.
Chief Executive Officer
James Reed-Daunter Chief Executive Officer
James is a Business Economics and Accountancy graduate of Southampton University. He joined Albert E Sharp in 1992 in their private clients unit working on their unit trust and fund management desk. In 1995 he moved to become an equity sales director selling small-mid cap stocks to UK investing institutions. James is a founding partner of Arden from inception, joining in 2002 as Head of Equity sales.
Executive Deputy Chairman
Jonathan Keeling Executive Deputy Chairman
Jonathan is one of the founders of Arden. A graduate in economics, he joined Albert E Sharp as an equity salesman in 1985, was made a director in 1989 and Head of Small Cap Sales in the early 1990s. Jonathan left Albert E Sharp in 2001 and then briefly worked for Harris Allday and Old Mutual Securities before joining the team to form Arden.
Chief Operating Officer
Steve Wassell Chief Operating Officer
Having established and developed his own business in the outdoor leisure sector over a fifteen year period, prior to it being acquired by Tandem Group plc in 2000, Steve subsequently held a number of senior operational roles in companies within a diverse range of sectors, including Automotive, Leisure and Social Care - both in private and publicly quoted companies. Steve joined Arden Partners as Operations Director in January 2009.
Mark Ansell Non-Executive Director
Mark is a Chartered Accountant and has significant experience as a business consultant and director involved in strategic and corporate finance advice and in management and leadership roles. Mark has previously held senior roles in many organisations including being the Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director of Aston Villa plc, Interim Chief Executive of Marketing Birmingham and as a Senior Partner and Partner in charge of Corporate Finance of Deloitte in Birmingham and the Midlands.