Our Team

The PLC Board comprises two executive directors – Executive Chairman, Stephen Hemsley, and CFO, Mark Fryer – and three non-executive directors. Two are independent non-executive directors, Peter Kear, Andy Brattesani. Nigel Wray is considered a non-independent Non-Executive Director. The Group intends to have three independent Non-Executive Directors and will therefore appoint an additional independent Non-Executive Director as soon as practicable.

Board of Directors

Stephen Hemsley, Executive Chairman

Stephen co-founded Franchise Brands in 2008 and has led the development of the business, including the IPO and external growth. He is a Chartered Accountant by training and spent nearly ten years with 3i as Investment Director. He then joined Domino’s Pizza as Finance Director progressing to CEO , Executive Chairman and Non-executive Chairman. During this time, he took Domino’s from private ownership to a market capitalisation of almost £1.5bn. He retired from Domino’s in 2019 after 21 years with the business to focus exclusively on Franchise Brands. Stephen was appointed as a Director of the Company on 15 July 2016.

Mark Fryer, Chief Financial Officer

Mark Fryer is an experienced CFO with 25 years of public company and private equity experience as CFO in global manufacturing and business service companies. He has been CFO of FTSE Small Cap and FTSE 250 companies, as well as companies quoted on the AIM market Mark’s recent roles include Group CFO of Augean plc, Dialight plc and Manganese Bronze Holdings plc. Mark was appointed as a Director of the Company on 2 August 2023.

Peter Kear, Senior Independent Non-executive Director

Peter is a highly experienced public company director with substantial experience in business building and management in the technology sector. He co-founded D4t4 Solutions plc (originally IS Solutions plc) in 1985 and was responsible for sales and business development before being appointed CEO in 2016. During his tenure as CEO, D4t4 Solutions plc achieved substantial growth in revenue and profits, growing from a market capitalisation of c.£40m to c.£160m when he stood down in 2022. Peter has experience of both the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market and AIM. Peter was appointed as a Director of the Company on 2 October 2023.

Andy Brattesani, Independent Non-executive Director

Andy is an experienced banking professional with extensive experience in the franchising sector. From 2016 until recently he was UK Head of Franchise at HSBC, the market leader in the UK franchise sector. As well as supporting the growth of HSBC’s franchise business in the UK, Andy has also led the expansion of HSBC’s franchise model internationally. Andy’s career in banking over the past 30 years has also encompassed roles with HBOS, RBS and Standard Chartered. Andy was appointed as a Director of the Company on 12 September 2022.

Nigel Wray, Non-Executive Director

Nigel co-founded Franchise Brands in 2008. He is an entrepreneurial investor in both public and private companies. Currently he is a substantial shareholder and Director at Chapel Down Group plc and is a significant investor in a wide ranging number of AIM quoted companies, as well as a number of private companies, including Saracens Rugby Club. He is a former Director and was a significant shareholder in Domino’s Pizza. He was appointed as a Director of the Company on 15 July 2016.

Rob Bellhouse, Company Secretary (non-board)

Rob is a commercially focused chartered governance professional who previously served as an independent Non-executive director of the Group from the IPO in July 2016 until 1 October 2023. He was appointed as Company Secretary on 2 October 2023 and has over 30 years’ experience gained in FTSE listed and AIM quoted companies. Rob was previously company secretary of Greene King, Lonmin and, most recently, De La Rue. He also held a number of company secretary appointments during an interim/freelance career, including Domino’s Pizza. Rob was chosen as his professional body’s Company Secretary of the Year in 2014.

Management Board

The Management Board comprises the divisional Managing Directors, together with the directors of the key central support functions. The purpose of the Management Board, which reports to the PLC Board, is the day to day operational and financial management of the business and the delivery of the Group’s strategic plan. The Management Board comprises the following individuals:

Peter Molloy, CEO B2B Division

Peter has over 35 years of management and commercial experience. Peter joined Metro Rod in 2003 and was promoted to Commercial Director in 2005 and to Managing Director in 2017. In June 2022, Peter was promoted to Managing Director, B2B with responsibility for Metro Rod, Metro Plumb, Willow Pumps and Filta UK. Prior to joining Metro Rod, he was Managing Director of Solaglas Replacement Glazing, part of the Saint-Gobain Group, with national responsibility for the network branches, field engineers, call centre and sales and marketing.

Chris Stuckey, CEO Pirtek Europe

Chris joined the business in 2017 as Managing Director for Pirtek UK and Ireland and over the past 6 years the business has grown strongly under his leadership. Pirtek UK and Ireland now accounts for half of the division’s adjusted EBITDA. Chris was Managing Director of Brammer Group between 2014 and 2017 and between 2010 and 2013 held senior management positions in business development and strategy with Hasco Metals. His roles with Brammer and Hasco Metals included substantial international experience.

Jason Sayers, CEO Filta International

Jason Sayers founded Filta in 1996 and took the business to the US in 2003. Prior to the merger with Franchise Brands he was Group CEO. He is now Managing Director of Filta International with responsibility for growing the Filta businesses in the US and Europe.

Tim Harris, Managing Director, B2C Divison

Tim is a seasoned franchise professional with over 25 years’ experience of successfully developing automotive, commercial and domestic franchise businesses in both international and UK markets. Tim joined the Group in 2008 and is the Managing Director of the B2C Division. Prior to joining the Group, Tim held senior sales positions at a number of franchisor companies.

Julia Choudhury, Corporate Development Director

Julia has over 30 years of commercial, finance and investment experience. Julia joined the Group in 2008 and has a particular focus on corporate development, which includes acquisitions. Between 1997 and 2005, Julia held a number of senior management roles at AXA Investment Managers including Managing Director of the UK operation. Her early career was spent in corporate finance and investment management with BZW.

Colin Rees, Chief Information Officer

Colin is a highly experienced IT professional. He was appointed to the new position of Chief Information Officer in April 2017. Colin was previously Director of IT at Domino’s Pizza where he was responsible for all IT systems. He previously held a number of senior IT roles at EasyJet including Head of Software Delivery. Colin started his career at Argos plc and held a number of positions over a ten-year period.

Robin Auld, Group Marketing Director

Robin oversees consumer, trade and franchise recruitment marketing activity ensuring continual evolution of strategy and best practice in execution. He joined Franchise Brands in 2010 and has a successful track record of marketing success over 25 years. He is best known for his work at Domino’s Pizza as Sales & Marketing Director.

Andrew Mallows, Group Commercial Director

Andrew originally joined Franchise Brands in 2016 as Finance Director, and since 2017 has been the Group’s Commercial Director. He has significant experience in franchising and business development and was Finance Director of Domino’s Pizza UK from 2001 to 2004 before being appointed Business Development Director.