On this page you can find a brief biography for each member of The Marston's PLC Board of Directors, along with details of their roles and responsibilities.
William is a Chartered Accountant with many years’ experience in banking and financial services and was appointed as Chairman of the Board with effect from 1 October 2018. He is Chief Executive of Lazard in the UK, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of financial markets, corporate finance and strategy to his leadership of the Board. William is also currently Chairman of the UK Dementia Research Institute and a Committee Member of Cheltenham Racecourse. Previously, he was Chairman of Crest Nicholson PLC, Chairman of Quintain Estates and Development plc; and, a Non-executive Director of Rentokil Initial plc.
Andrew was appointed Chief Executive Officer from 3 October 2021, having previously been Chief Financial and Corporate Development Officer since 2016. Andrew joined the Company in 2002 as Divisional Finance Director for Marston’s Beer Company and in 2006 he became Operations Director for Marston’s Pub Company. Andrew was then appointed to the Board as Finance Director in March 2009. He is also currently a Non-executive Director at Portmeirion Group PLC and a Non-Executive Director of CMBC. Andrew is a qualified Chartered Accountant and brings to the Board a wealth of experience gained in financial and commercial roles, including strategy and leadership, risk management and mergers and acquisitions.
Hayleigh was appointed CFO of the Group from 3 October 2021, having previously been Director of Group Finance and held a number of senior roles for Marston’s Beer Company. Most recently, she played a key role in the sale of Marston’s Beer Company into the JV with Carlsberg UK (in 2020) and is currently a Non-Executive Director of CMBC and is the project lead for Marston’s on the Transitional Services Agreement, to ensure a smooth transition with the JV integration plan. Hayleigh is also a Trustee Board Director at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.
Matthew, is a qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA) and was Chief Executive Officer of Intu Properties plc. He was previously Chief Financial officer of Gala Coral Group Ltd from 2004 to 2008. Matthew has held a number of senior roles with The Burton Group from 1989 to 1998, spanning group finance, corporate development and IT, during which time he lead the demerger of Debenhams in 1998. He was Finance Director of Debenhams from 1996 to 2003.
Bridget is Managing Director – Commercial at BT Group and was previously Managing Director (North) at J Sainsbury PLC and has had a distinguished career working across multiple leading retail brands. Previously at Marks & Spencer, she went on to hold senior positions within numerous retail corporates such as at Body Shop International Ltd and Clarks Shoes Ltd. She was Director of Stores, Online and Omnichannel at O2 where she led the re-engineering of the store experience, development of an industry-leading digital experience and the omnichannel transformation. In addition, Bridget has been a member of the Board of Governors at Manchester University since 2018.
Octavia has extensive experience in both executive and non-executive roles in retail and multisite companies having held various senior operational and strategic roles across all areas of retail at companies including Asda Stores Limited, Laura Ashley Holdings PLC and Woolworths plc. Octavia became Chief Executive Officer, and then Chair, at LighterLife UK Limited. She was subsequently appointed Managing Director at Crew Clothing Co Ltd before being appointed Chief Executive at OKA Direct Limited. Octavia is currently Executive Chair of Spicers-Office Team Group Ltd; Senior Independent Director at Card Factory PLC and a Non-executive Director of Crest Nicholson Holdings PLC and Ascensos Ltd. She was formerly a Non-executive Director of John Menzies PLC.
Joined the Company in 1998 as Group Tax Manager. A qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary, she was appointed Secretary in 2004.
There is a clear division of responsibility between the roles of the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer that are set out in writing and agreed by the Board. The key responsibilities for each Board member are set out below:
William Rucker is responsible for:
Octavia Morley is responsible for:
The roles of Bridget Lea and Matthew Roberts are to:
Andrew Andrea is responsible for:
Hayleigh Lupino is responsible for:
Anne-Marie Brennan is responsible for: