Directors’ Biographies

R – member of remuneration committee
A – member of audit committee
The Company does not believe its current size or structure requires a separate Nominations Committee

Richard Ward – R,A

Executive Chairman

Richard Ward has over 16 years’ experience in the recruitment industry and 10 years as a Senior Executive Director. He has a solid track record of success in business growth, turnaround and change management and an in-depth understanding of multiple sectors, ranging from engineering, I.T, built, and commercial, to name a few. In addition, Richard has been involved first-hand in overseas start-ups and established businesses, both in Europe, Africa and Asia. He has worked for corporate, private and PE organisations.

Rakesh Kirpalani – R,A

Group Finance Director

After 10 years in various commercial Finance roles within the retail industry, Rakesh joined MPS in 2006 where he held senior Finance positions providing commercial support to the operating brands. He helped to guide the Group through its integration with Adecco post acquisition and remained there until joining Kellan in March 2011. Since then he has rationalised the Group’s cost base significantly where appropriate and successfully steered the Group through a challenging time. Rakesh is a Fellow of the ACCA.

Liam Humphreys

Managing Director

Liam Humphreys has over 15 years’ experience within the recruitment industry leading large teams within a variety of recruitment sectors including : retail, consumer, hospitality, professional services, engineering, financial services and strategy. He has operated within transactional markets through to specialist executive search practices. Liam worked for The Page Group for over ten years where he launched a number of new businesses from start-up and has a proven track record of commercial success.

Michael Jackson – R,A

Non-executive Director

Michael founded Elderstreet Investments Limited in 1990 and is its executive chairman. For the past 25 years, he has specialised in raising finance and investing in the smaller companies quoted and unquoted sector. From 1983 until 2006 he was a director of FTSE 100 Company, The Sage Group plc, becoming chairman in 1997. He was also chairman of PartyGaming plc, another FTSE 100 company. He is also a director and investor in many other quoted and unquoted companies. Michael studied law at Cambridge University, and qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand before spending five years in marketing for various US multinational technology companies.