Our Directors

Executive Directors

Philip Meeson, Executive Chairman of Dart Group PLC

Philip Meeson is Executive Chairman of Dart Group PLC and each of its Leisure Travel and Distribution & Logistics businesses.

In April 1983, his private company purchased the Channel Express Group which, at that time, distributed flowers grown in the Channel Islands 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 UK leisure travel provider and logistics operator.

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. For information on the history of Dart Group PLC please visit the Dart Group History page of the website.

Stephen Heapy, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays

Stephen Heapy has been with Dart Group since 2009. Stephen is the CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays. He has extensive experience in the travel industry having held roles with My Travel PLC, Thomas Cook and Libra Holidays. Stephen is a Fellow of the Institute for Travel and Tourism.

Gary Brown, Executive Director and Group Chief Financial Officer

Gary Brown is Group CFO and has significant experience in the retail and consumer goods sectors, both with smaller companies and larger organisations, including J Sainsbury PLC, Matalan PLC and Instore PLC. Prior to joining Dart Group, Gary was Global CFO of Umbro PLC and subsequently, following the sale of the Umbro business to Nike Inc., Umbro International Limited. Gary is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Non-Executive Directors

Mark Laurence, Independent Non-Executive Director

Mark Laurence joined the Company on 28 May 2009 as a Non-Executive Director and was recognised at the 2014 Grant Thornton Quoted Company Awards as Non-Executive Director of the Year. Mark began his career as a transport sector investment analyst at Kitcat and Aitken, WI Carr and Merrill Lynch (formerly Smith New Court plc) where the team was ranked No.1 in the 1995 Extel Financial Survey of UK Investment Analysts. In 1997, he joined Collins Stewart plc and helped develop the group leading up to its MBO and IPO in 2000. Since 2001, Mark has pursued a career in fund management, most recently as a founding partner of Fundsmith. Mark is also vice-chairman of the endowment investment committee of King’s College University and a governor of Bryanston School in Dorset.

Rick Green, Non-Executive Director

Rick Green joined Dart Group Plc on 6 September 2018 as a Non-Executive Director. He has extensive commercial experience in the travel industry gained from working in both the Airline & Tour Operating sectors. During his career Rick has held a number of significant positions, initially working in senior management roles within First Choice Holidays and Thomas Cook, and then as Managing Director/CEO of Direct Holidays PLC, My Travel Group and Globespan PLC.

Contact the Board

All correspondence will be responded to by the Dart Group Company Secretary.

Email: information@dartgroup.co.uk

c/o Group Company Secretary
Dart Group PLC
Low Fare Finder House
Leeds Bradford International Airport
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