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The Fishing Republic Management Team
James Newman, aged 66, 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.
Stephen (Steve) John Gross, aged 45, Executive Director
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.
Russell Holmes, aged 33, 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.
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, 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. .
Fishing Republic dates back to 1985 when the company’s founder and Executive Director, Steve Gross, established a business selling fishing flies and fly tying materials to fishing tackle wholesalers. In 2005, Fishing Republic opened our first store in Barnsley. Since then the company has grown to be the Largest Fishing Tackle retailer in the UK.
With the extensive angling knowledge within our company and the exceptional customer service we offer both in store and online, it’s clear to see why Fishing Republic is Number 1.