our people

meet our directors

board of directors

Geoff Wilding

Geoff Wilding

Executive Chairman

Geoff is a former investment banker.  He set up his own investment company in New Zealand in 1989.  Geoff was appointed Executive Chairman at the General Meeting on 3 October 2012 and has been responsible for execution of the Company’s strategy ever since.

Philippe Hamers

Philippe Hamers

Chief Executive Officer

Philippe has over 25 years’ experience in the flooring industry and headed Europe’s largest carpet manufacturing operation at Balta Group. Prior to this, Philippe was General Manager of the Tufted and Woven Division of Beaulieu International Group.

Michael Scott

Michael Scott

Group Finance Director

Prior to joining Victoria in 2015, Michael spent eight years at Rothschild where, as part of their Global Financial Advisory business, he worked across a wide range of public and private company transactions, M&A and debt and equity-related fund raisings. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison

Non-executive Director

Andrew has more than twenty years as a solicitor in private practice, specialising in company law.  He has advised on a wide variety of corporate transactions, including management buy-outs and buy-ins, corporate acquisitions and disposals and listed company take-overs.

Alexander Anton

Alexander Anton

Non-executive Director

Alexander is a member of the founding family of Victoria and was appointed to the main Board in 1995 and is a former Chairman.

Gavin Petken

Gavin Petken

Non-executive Director

Gavin is the BGF Head of Investment South, Wales and Quoted, responsible for leading BGF’s investment and portfolio teams in London, Bristol, Reading, Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Nottingham and Birmingham, covering London, the South East, the South West, the Midlands, Wales and East Anglia. Gavin is also a member of BGF’s national executive leadership team, national investment committee and responsible for managing BGF’s UK wide investment activity into public companies, BGF Quoted.

the board

Victoria PLC is subject to the UK City Code on Takeovers and Mergers.

The Board is committed to maintaining an appropriate balance between Executive and Non-executive Directors. During the course of the year, reviews of the remuneration of the Chairman, the Non-Executive Directors and the Executive Directors were carried out.

The Board’s primary role is to set the strategic direction of the Group as a whole, leaving day-to-day operational matters delegated to the two Executive boards of the Group’s subsidiary undertakings.

Board meetings are usually held at the operating sites in order that the Board members have the opportunity to gain a direct appreciation of the Group’s operations.  Board meetings operate to a standing agenda ensuring that matters requiring regular or annual review are given sufficient time for debate and scrutiny.

In addition to the formal scheduled meetings, additional ad hoc Board and Committee meetings were held during the year to consider any time critical matters.

senior management

John Cooper

John Cooper

MD, Interfloor

Steve Byrne

Steve Byrne

MD, Abingdon Flooring

Jan Debrouwere

Jan Debrouwere

Director of Hard Flooring

Steve Donlan

Steve Donlan

Joint MD, Whitestone Group

David Droomers

David Droomers

MD, GrassInc.

Sean Forde

Sean Forde

MD, Dunlop Flooring

Phil Hartley

Phil Hartley

MD, Victoria Carpets UK

Vince Holden

Vince Holden

Joint MD, Whitestone Group

Saqib Karim

Saqib Karim

MD, Ezi Floor

José Luis Lanuza Quilez

José Luis Lanuza Quilez

MD, Keraben Grupo

Marco Pleijsier

Marco Pleijsier

Joint MD, Avalon

John Shirt

John Shirt

Joint MD, Westex Carpets

Phil Smith

Phil Smith

MD, Victoria Carpets Australia

John Snee

John Snee

Joint MD, Westex Carpets

Stephen Sunderland

Stephen Sunderland

MD, Quest Flooring

Jan Van Damme

Jan Van Damme

MD, Millennium Weavers

Martijn Veldhuijsen

Martijn Veldhuijsen

Joint MD, Avalon