Meet the Team
Clive has been Non-Executive Chairman of the Group since November 2016. He has been a corporate lawyer for over 40 years specialising in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, and he is currently a consultant at Fladgate LLP. He has been on the boards of a number of public and private companies and has been the deputy chairman of a fully-listed company and chairman of a number of AIM companies. He has significant experience in small and medium quoted companies. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).
Chief Executive Officer
On leaving school at 16, Sam started work in a cosmetics warehouse, supplementing his income by selling cosmetics directly to the public at numerous London street markets. Selling directly to the public gave him an invaluable insight into consumer needs and in 1981 at the age of 18, using £500 he had saved he set up his own business, buying and selling close-out and end of line cosmetics and fragrance. During the course of the next ten years, Sam and Eoin's paths crossed on numerous occasions, working intermittently with each other on a joint venture basis until they formally went into business together in 1992. Together with Eoin Macleod, Sam developed the business which resulted in the formation of W7.
Eoin’s first introduction to the world of beauty was at the age of 14 through a Saturday job in an indoor market selling cosmetics and perfumes. After leaving college, Eoin decided to set up his own business selling fragrance directly to the public through London street markets as well as selling into the wholesale sector and then expanding into selling cosmetics. In 1992 he formally went into business with Sam operating initially in the close-out cosmetics and fragrance industry. Together with Sam Bazini, Eoin developed the business which resulted in the formation of W7.
Chief Financial Officer
Neil joined the Group in August 2015, having previously been an adviser to the business for several years. He has overseen the introduction of new systems and procedures. He joined the board as Chief Financial Officer in November 2016. Over the last 17 years he has been involved in several corporate purchase and acquisitions. In 2006, he sold his publishing company to a quoted group and became the group licensing director; in 2014 he completed a management buyout. Neil trained as an account at BDO Stoy Hayward and holds an honours degree in Maths and Computer Science.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Sally has been Company Secretary to Warpaint London plc since February 2017 and was appointed to the board in September 2018. She is also the Corporate Finance, Legal and Regulatory Officer & Company Secretary of Diaceutics plc, an AIM listed diagnostic commercialisation company for the precision medicine industry. She is a solicitor and has previously practised as a corporate lawyer. She has many years' experience providing company secretarial services to private and public companies in the UK including then AIM listed, Osmetech plc. She holds an honours degree in law from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Paul joined the Group as a Non-Executive Director in November 2016. Having worked in the Grocery Sector for over 30 years in both wholesaling and major branded suppliers, Paul is currently providing consultancy services for a number of retail, manufacturing and wholesale businesses to assist with strategies, change programmes and the implementation of practical business plans. Prior to this, Paul has worked in selling, marketing and business management roles with Nestle and more recently, Palmer and Harvey, where his latter role was as Group Strategy and Development Director. Paul has also served as Chairman of the Association of Convenience Stores for whom he had also been a board member for 20 years.
Keith joined the Group as a Non-Executive Director in November 2016. He is also a non-executive director of Hawkwing plc (formerly TLA Worldwide plc, a global sports management and events business and now a cash shell listed on AIM), for which he chairs the audit committee. He was formerly chief financial officer of A Spokesman Said Limited, a radio station operating under the name Love Sport and an online price comparison site and, until December 2014, chief financial officer of Dods Group PLC, a political communications business, and formerly chief operations officer and group finance director of WEARE 2020 plc. Prior to this he was chief executive and group finance director of SPG Media Group plc, a marketing services business, group finance director of The Wireless Group and two quoted regional newspaper publishers; News Communication and Media plc and Bristol United Press plc. Before this he was treasurer of Mirror Group Newspapers plc. Keith is a chartered accountant and holds an honours degree in economics from the University of Kent.
John joined the Group as a Non-Executive Director in September 2021. He is a Canadian national, based in New York, USA, who has spent nearly 30 years in the consumer goods industry, primarily at Revlon, the multinational cosmetics, skin care, fragrance, and personal care company. More recently, Mr Collier has been appointed as President of Swiss oral beauty and health company, vVARDIS Inc. Prior to founding his own New York based advisory business he was at Revlon between 1996 and 2018, latterly as President, North America. In this role he managed operations with approximately US$1.7 billion of annual sales, with responsibility for brand assets and commercial relationships spanning direct, e-commerce, speciality and prestige sales channels. His prior roles at Revlon included senior management positions with responsibility for brand and market development, including implementing e-commerce strategies.
At the 1st September 2021 the Board comprised:
Committees (Audit, Remuneration, Insider)
|Eoin Macleod||Managing Director|
|Sally Craig||General Counsel and Company Secretary|
|Clive Garston||Chairman||Audit, Remuneration & Insider|
|Keith Sadler||Non-Executive||Audit & Remuneration
|John Collier||Non-Executive||Audit & Remuneration|