Philip Meeson, Chairman and Chief Executive of Dart Group PLC
Philip Meeson is Chairman and Chief Executive of Dart Group PLC, Chief Executive of the Leisure Airline and Package Holidays businesses, and Executive Chairman of the Distribution & Logistics business.
In April 1983, his private company purchased the Channel Express Group which, at that time, distributed Channel Islands grown flowers to wholesale markets throughout the UK, and freight from the UK into the Channel Islands. From that original business, he has developed the Group into a leading logistics operator, and Northern UK based leisure airline and package holiday provider.
Having decided that the Company needed wider access to funding in order to accelerate its growth, Channel Express Group PLC was floated on the USM in 1988. In 1991, it changed its name to Dart Group PLC and moved to a full listing on the London Stock Exchange before moving to AIM in 2005.
Trevor Crowley, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Trevor Crowley has served as a Director since 1988. He is currently Chairman of the Audit Committee and his long-term experience enables him to provide a valuable contribution to all financial aspects of the Group. As a former audit partner for over thirty years in Levy Blair, a London firm of Chartered Accountants, his training and experience in exercising independent judgement ensures his continuing independence, despite his length of service with the Company. He retired as a partner in Levy Blair in April 2007 when the firm merged with another London-based firm, Rayner Essex Chartered Accountants LLP. After this period, he acted as a consultant to the combined firm until April 2010.
Brian Templar, Independent Non-Executive Director
Brian has served as an Independent Non-Executive Director since 1993. He graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Psychology. He has considerable experience in the distribution industry, having held Senior Management positions with NFC, LEX, Federal Express and Iveco. As Chairman of logistics consultants Davies & Robson, Brian continues to advise the boards of both national and international clients on all aspects of supply chain management. His knowledge and understanding of changing market needs bring valuable insight and an independent view to the board of the Group.
Mark Laurence, Independent Non-Executive Director
Mark joined the Company in May 2009 as a Non-Executive Director. For five years, Mark was a member of the highly ranked transport equity research team at Kitcat & Aitken and Smith New Court, which was subsequently taken over by Merrill Lynch in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Mark was part of the UK Equity Strategy team at Merrill Lynch and in 1997; he joined Collins Stewart, becoming a shareholder the following year. Following the successful sale of Collins Stewart in 2001, Mark has pursued a career in fund management, devising and overseeing the launch of a number of innovative investment products. Mark is a Governor of Bryanston School in Dorset and a member of the Endowment Investment Committee of King’s College University, London.
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