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Richard Last

Chairman

Richard joined ITE Group as Chairman and Non-Executive Director on the 12th February 2018. Richard is an experienced Chairman, with over 30 years of public company board expertise, particularly in the technology and communications sectors. He is also the Chairman of Gamma Communications plc, which has revenues of £200m and provides voice and data communications solutions in the UK, and Tribal Group plc (£90m revenues), an international provider of technology solutions for the education sector. 
 
Richard has a wealth of transformation experience from his tenures as Chairman and director of a number of companies. His previous experience includes Servelec which is FTSE Small-Cap, £63m revenue company providing software, hardware and services primarily to the health and social care sectors in the UK, Lighthouse, a financial advisory platform and Corero, which provides DDoS solutions.
 
Richard studied Political Theory and Institutions at the University of Sheffield and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA).
 

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Mark Shashoua

Chief Executive Officer

Mark Shashoua was appointed as ITE’s Chief Executive Officer in September 2016. He was previously the CEO of i2i Events Group, the event arm of Ascential Plc where he spent five years and led the internationalisation and diversification of the business to what it is today. Mark is a prominent figure in the international events industry and was one of the founding members of the ITE Group in 1991, where he served in senior director roles and as a Board Director until August 1999. From 2001, he was a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Expomedia Group Plc and from 2009-2011, Mark was the operating partner of Advent International, a leading private equity fund.

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Andrew Beach

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Beach was appointed as our Chief Financial Officer in October 2016. He was previously Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Ebiquity Plc, the AIM listed marketing analytics specialists, where he spent nine years overseeing the rapid expansion of the business, which now spans 20 offices in 14 markets and employs over 900 staff.
Prior to joining Ebiquity, Andrew spent nine years at PwC as part of the Entertainment and Media assurance practice where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW). Andrew headed up the UK Publishing sector knowledge network and managed a portfolio of large media clients.

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Sharon Baylay

Non-executive Director

Sharon Baylay was appointed a Non‑Executive Director of the Group in April 2014 and became Chair of the Remuneration Committee in October 2017. She is Senior Independent Director at Restore plc, Non-Executive Director at Ted Baker plc and a Non-Executive Director at Unique X; a privately owned company. From 2009 to 2011 Sharon was Marketing Director and a Main Board Director of the BBC, responsible for all aspects of Marketing, Communications and Audiences. She was also on the Board of BBC Worldwide, Freesat and Digital UK. Prior to the BBC, Sharon held a number of senior roles at Microsoft Corporation over a period of 15 years, including General Manager of the UK Online and Advertising business. Sharon is an Advanced Coach & Mentor, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a Member of Women in Advertising and Communications, London (WACL).

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Stephen Puckett

Non-Executive Director

Stephen Puckett was appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company on 1 July 2013 and Chairman of the Audit Committee on 30 January 2014. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience as Finance Director of quoted companies. In 2012 Stephen retired from the Board of Page Group plc (formerly Michael Page International plc) after more than eleven years as Group Finance Director, during which time he oversaw a period of significant overseas expansion and growth. Stephen is also currently Chairman of Hydrogen Group plc and a Non-executive Director of Redcentric plc and chairs its Audit Committee.

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Nicholas Backhouse

Non-Executive Director

Nick Backhouse was appointed a Non-Executive Director of ITE Group on 1 May 2019. Nick has extensive experience at Board level, including non-executive roles at Guardian Media Group plc, All3Media Limited and Marston’s PLC. He is currently the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director at both Hollywood Bowl Group and Loungers plc, a Non-Executive Director of Eaton Gate Gaming and a trustee of Chichester Festival Theatre. Nick was previously the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the David Lloyd Leisure Group, Group Finance Director of National Car Parks and Chief Financial Officer of both the Laurel Pub Company and Freeserve PLC. Nick is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has an MA in economics from Cambridge University.