Board of Directors
Henry George Wilson, Director and Non-executive Chairman
Date of Appointment as Director: 16 May 2016.
Harry Wilson received a BSc in physics from Manchester University in 1973. Following graduation, he spent 17 years in various roles at British Petroleum and attended the Executive Programme at the INSEAD Business School in France in 1985.
Harry has over 35 years of business experience, initially in the oil industry but successively in a wide range of business sectors. He has been founder, CEO and Chairman of a number of independent oil companies and led public listings for five companies including Dragon Oil Plc and Eland Oil & Gas Plc. He has been an executive and non-executive director of listed companies in the UK and abroad and has built up an extensive range of London and international contacts in the investment, broking and advisory communities.
Throughout his business career, Harry has taken a keen interest in collectables, particularly stamps and antiques. He is a longstanding member of the Royal Philatelic Society London, the Malaya Study Group and the India Study Group.
Harry was appointed a Director on 16 May 2016 and became Executive Chairman on 14 July 2016. Following the completion of the debt restructuring and subscription for new shares by Phoenix, he resumed his role as Non-Executive Chairman on 19 March 2018. He is Chairman of the Nomination Committee and member of the Audit Committee.
Graham Elliott Shircore, Chief Executive Officer
Date of Appointment as Director: 19 March 2018.
Graham Shircore graduated from Bath University with a BSc (Hons.) degree in Business Administration in 2005. During his time at University he completed internships with Fidelity, Principal Investment Management and Motorola Finance as well as passing the IMC exam.
Following graduation he joined Aviva Investors, subsequently becoming a UK Equity Analyst there. Having passed all three levels of the CFA exam he became a UK Equity Fund Manager in 2008 and later also managed European funds before moving to Rothschild Wealth Management in 2013 as a Senior Equity Analyst. There he helped shape and implement the equity research process.
Graham joined Phoenix Asset Management Partners in January 2017 and was heavily involved in the due diligence process which ultimately led to Phoenix taking a 58% equity stake in The Stanley Gibbons Group.
Graham was appointed a Director on 19 March 2018 and Chief Executive Officer on 4 June 2018.
Kevin Fitzpatrick FCA, Chief Finance Officer and Company Secretary
Date of Appointment as Director: 15 November 2021
Kevin Fitzpatrick graduated from University College Dublin in 1983 with a BA(Hons) in Economics and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte.
He is a Finance Director / CFO with 20 years’ experience in SME and entrepreneurial businesses. He has experience working with FTSE, NASDAQ and SME businesses across Service, Technology, Media, Online and Manufacturing industries.
Louis Emmanuel Castro BSc, BComm (Hons), FCA, Non- Executive Director – Independent
Date of Appointment as Director: 3 October 2016.
Louis has over 30 years’ experience in investment banking and broking both in the UK and overseas. Most recently he has been the Chief Financial Officer at Eland Oil & Gas, a publicly quoted company where he was one of two executive board directors. Previously he was Chief Executive of Northland Capital Partners in London and before this he was Head of Corporate Finance at Matrix Corporate Capital and at Insinger de Beaufort. He started his career by qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC).
Louis has widespread international experience having advised the Boards of companies worldwide including companies in the retail sector. He has led on numerous public listings and has been a non-executive director of several quoted companies.
Mr Castro is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He graduated in 1980 from Birmingham University with a BSc & BComm (Hons) in Engineering Production & Economics. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Mark West, MBA, Non-Executive Director – Independent
Date of Appointment as Director: 3 December 2018.
Mark is an experienced retail executive with a proven track record of delivery across a range of product categories and business disciplines. Most recently until June 2018 he was Chief Technology Officer for JAB Luxury GmbH (LABELUX), a European private luxury group, the former owner of Jimmy Choo and Belstaff and shareholder of Bally.
Prior to this, Mark worked for more than 24 years in various senior management and director roles at Harrods as well as working as a Consultant/Advisor for a number of retail brands such as Aquascutum, Burberry, Liberty, Hamleys and Fat Face.