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 CEO of The Quarto Group since December 2012 having joined the company as COO earlier that year. He has re-focussed the London Stock Exchange-listed Group on its intellectual property businesses, selling non-core activities, and increasing the focus on its children’s business both organically and by acquisition.
Prior to Quarto, he worked in the USA from 2005, latterly as President of Sterling Publishing, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble. Before living and working in the US, from 1998 he worked for Chrysalis Group plc, a London Stock Exchange-listed media company, latterly as Corporate Development Director and then 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. He lives in London with his wife and four children.x
Leslie-Ann is a chartered accountant with a diverse background and extensive international experience, having served in both executive and non-executive roles in publicly listed media and professional services companies. She is currently Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Learning Technologies Group plc, the market leading integrated e-learning services and technologies provider. She is also a member of the Supervisory Board & Chair of the Audit Committee of Zeal Networks SE – a company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange that specialises in the area of online lottery.
From 2010, Leslie-Ann was Chief Financial Officer of the global, online B2B auctioneer Go Industry plc. Between 2007 and 2010, she was an adviser to private equity company Marwyn Investment Management and prior to this, she served as CFO of global commodities and economic research media group Metal Bulletin plc. Leslie-Ann is Chairman of the Audit Committee.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, 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
Interim Group Director of Legal & Business Affairs
Charles joins us from Ascot Lloyd Financial Services where he has been General Counsel & Company Secretary since July 2016.
He is experienced in delivering interim assignments, having recently supported Kingfisher, Ascential and Travelex.x