Peter is currently a non-executive director of EVR Holdings, Concha Plc, Quayle Munro Holdings, the Professional Cricketer's Association, and the Royal Automobile Club. He was formerly chairman of KPMG's Telecoms, Media and Technology practice and a partner for over 20 years.
Peter chairs the Nominations Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.x
Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
Marcus Leaver has been Chief Executive Officer since December 2012 having joined the board of Quarto as Chief Operating Officer in May 2012. Prior to Quarto, he worked in the USA from 2005, latterly as President of Sterling Publishing, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, the leading bricks-and-mortar bookseller in the US.
Before living and working in the US, he worked in London for Chrysalis Group plc, a London Stock Exchange-listed media company, latterly as CEO of Chrysalis Books Group, from 2002.
Marcus graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in Art History, and received his MBA from London Business School.
Marcus is a member of the Nominations Committee.x
Group Director of Legal & Business Affairs and Company Secretary
Anne is responsible for managing and safeguarding all our Intellectual Property and contractual processes, as well as assisting the Chief Financial Officer in managing our risk across the Group. She also advises the Board and the Senior Leadership Team on both regulatory and M&A matters, and act as Secretary to the Board and various Board committees.
Anne has 10 years of experience as a lawyer in the creative industries. She joins us from media and entertainment group This Is Global, where she has been Head of Legal since 2010. She was previously a lawyer with the law firm Harbottle and Lewis LLP, where she trained.x
Jess Burley has over 20 years' experience in media, working previously as the Group Managing Director of Hearst in the UK, responsible for Hearst Digital and The National Magazine Company portfolio. Jess joined m/SIX (the WPP joint venture between CHI&Partners and Groupm) as CEO in May 2010 bringing a wealth of knowledge across all media.
Jess has also held a number of Non Exec roles working currently as a Non Exec for UK Mail Plc and Quarto Plc and previously with the fashion retailer Jacques Vert Plc and TalkTalk Telecom Plc. Jess is also a Trustee of the young person's charity Get Connected. She became a Non-executive director of Quarto in 2014.
Jess is a member of the Nominations, Audit and Remuneration Committees.x
Mike Hartley brings extensive international management experience to the Board, having spent 16 years with Coats Viyella plc, for the last three years as Chief Executive of the Viyella division. He has worked extensively in Asia, Australasia and Africa. He was until 2009 Chairman of Dawson International plc and is currently Chairman of privately owned recruitment business Hartley Resourcing Limited.
He was a Non-executive Director of ITE Group plc from 2003 until 2013. He holds an MBA from Manchester Business School. Mr Hartley was Chairman of Servocell Plc ("Servocell") between 2006 and 2007. He became a Non-executive director of Quarto in 2013.
Mike is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees, and is Senior Independent Director.x
Claire is Global President, Retail for J. Walter Thompson Worldwide, the WPP-owned advertising agency, and based in New York City. She leads a specialized retail discipline that leverages the company’s deep experience in the category and extends and expands it around the world. In addition to her global role, Claire leads the agency's Edgewell Personal Care account and worked with Macy’s for 8 years. She has been with the company since 2006, having assumed the roles of Global Business Director and Managing Director for JWT New York before taking on her current position. Prior to joining JWT, Claire was Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Lowe Worldwide.
Claire was named one of the “30 Most Powerful Women in Advertising” by Business Insider and has worked on campaigns for renowned brands including Nokia, Estee Lauder, Macy’s, GMC SUV’s and Trucks, Heineken and Diet Coke.
This is Claire’s first position as a non-executive director.x