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The Fishing Republic Management Team

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James Newman, aged 66, Independent Non-Executive Chairman

James is an experienced non-executive chairman and director of both Main Market and AIM companies. He was formerly chairman of Straight plc and Vianet plc and non-executive director of Dignity plc, Scott Wilson Group plc and Richmond Foods plc. He is currently chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and Finance Yorkshire. James’ executive career was as a group finance director at a number of public companies including Kelda Group plc, Bridon plc and Watmoughs (Holdings) plc. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.


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Stephen (Steve) John Gross, aged 45, Chief Executive Officer

Steve is the founder of the Group and has over 30 years’ experience in the fishing tackle industry. He is well known in angling circles and is a director and board member of the Angling Trade Association and the Angling Foundation, the two guiding bodies for the UK’s fishing tackle trade. He is also an accomplished angler who represented England in competition and was captain of the England under-21 fly fishing team.


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Russell Holmes, aged 32, Finance Director

Russell qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2010 and has been working with Fishing Republic since 2008. He was appointed to the board in 2016 after playing a key role in the significant expansion of the business.


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Zoe Gross, aged 50, Operations Director

Following a 20 year corporate career with NatWest, Zoe joined the Group in 2009 and is a key part of the management team. Her role involves the operational management of the online and mail order distribution business and the human resources department.


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Paul Hagerty, aged 33, IT Director

Paul joined the Company in 2005 and plays an important role in developing the Group’s IT systems, which include stock control and management information. More recently his focus has been developing the Group’s online presence, particularly via its ‘Fishing Republic’ website. Before joining the Group he worked as a technical director at an independent website development company. He has a background in software programming and development.


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Edward (Ed) Peter McDermott, aged 34, Independent Non-Executive Director

Ed has over 10 years’ experience within financial services in the City of London and is currently a corporate finance adviser at Optiva Securities Limited. He is a former director of AIM-quoted Noricum Gold Limited and Stellar Resources plc. Ed is a keen angler and is an owner of Farlows Lake, a coarse fishery in Buckinghamshire.


Iain McDonald

Iain McDonald, aged 45, Independent Non-Executive Director

Iain has over 20 years’ experience in investment, in particular in the retail and e-commerce sectors. Over the last 10 years, he has been investing directly into the online and technology sectors and a number of Iain’s long-term investments have been into the most successful e-commerce businesses in Europe. These include The Hut Group Limited, ASOS plc, Boohoo.com plc, MetaPack Limited and Anatwine Limited.Iain previously worked in investment banking at Numis Securities and ING Barings-Charterhouse, where he specialised in retail and e-commerce companies. .