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The Fishing Republic Management Team

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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.


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Stephen Kyriacou, aged 45, Chief Operating Officer

Steve has over 20 years’ experience in delivering change management programmes, including for the divisions of major organisations such as Primark, Barclays Bank, Morrisons and BT. He joined the Company in December 2017 from Primark Stores, where he was Programme Director for Oracle Retail and Financials. He has been co-ordinating the various operational changes put in place following the Company’s organisational review, and has been leading the new management team, which is implementing the operational improvement plan.


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Stephen (Steve) John Gross, aged 47, 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.


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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. .