Roger McDowellNon-Executive Chairman +
Roger McDowellNon-Executive Chairman
Previously: After university, Roger spent his executive career in his family’s business, pipeline products distributor Oliver Ashworth. He was Managing Director for eighteen years, leading the business through dramatic growth (£1m to £100m turnover), main market listing and ultimate sale to St Gobain. Thereafter he took on Chairman or Non-executive roles in private-equity backed and listed businesses in a variety of sectors: engineering, manufacturing, waste management, renewable energy, financial services, IT and telecoms.
Currently: Roger currently serves as Chairman of Avingtrans plc and Flowtech Fluidpower plc. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Brand Architekts Group plc, Tribal Group plc, Proteome Sciences plc, Koheilan Ltd and British Smaller Companies VCT2 plc.
Gordon BanhamGroup Chief Executive +
Gordon BanhamGroup Chief Executive
Gordon joined Hargreaves in 2001, and was subsequently appointed as Group Chief Executive.
He led a management buyout in 2004, and the company’s flotation on the London Stock Exchange in the following year. He has since guided a series of major acquisitions for the company.
Previously: Managing Director, F Banham Ltd (until 1994), General Manager, Charrington Fuels Ltd (1995), Distribution Director, CPL Group (1995-2001).
Stephen CraigenChief Financial Officer +
Stephen CraigenChief Financial Officer
Stephen joined the Board in August 2023 as Chief Financial Officer. He graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne with a Masters degree in Mathematics and Statistics. Stephen is an experienced chartered accountant having qualified whilst at PwC.
Stephen joined Hargreaves in a Group Finance role in 2013 and progressed to Group Financial Controller in 2017, a position he held until his appointment to the Board and as such has a deep understanding of the Hargreaves business model.
Nigel HalkesNon-Executive Director +
Nigel HalkesNon-Executive Director
Nigel read economics at Bristol University. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young and was made a partner in 1988 at the age of 32.
Previously: He served 25 years as a partner, rising to become Managing Partner Markets for the UK & Ireland, responsible for the firm’s growth strategy, relationship with major clients and the business development function. He served some of the firm’s largest clients, including auditing British Coal in the period up to privatisation. He served three years as an elected member of the CBI London Council. He retired from Ernst & Young at the end of 2013 to pursue a portfolio non-executive career spanning the public, private & charitable sectors.
Currently: Non-Executive Director of Tribal Group plc and a Trustee of the Hugo Halkes Foundation.
David AndersonGroup Property Director +
David AndersonGroup Property Director
David joined in 2018 as Group Property Director. Previously he was Managing Director of Henry Boot Developments, the property development subsidiary of Henry Boot Plc, which he joined in 1990, where he oversaw the expansion of the Company’s property development activities from a small regional commercial developer to a nationwide operation involved in virtually every property sector with an annual turnover of over £200 million.
Chris JonesNon-Executive Director +
Chris JonesNon-Executive Director
Chris joined in 2020. He is a property consultant and chartered surveyor with over 30 years’ direct experience working with a broad range of organisations within the UK investment and development sectors of the commercial property market. As a founding partner of his investment practice - Christopher Dee, based in Manchester, he has provided advice to a range of private and institutional clients on all aspects of commercial property investment, development and funding work. Chris retains a role within Christopher Dee to manage a UK wide unit linked property investment fund, where he reports directly to their board on all strategic matters.
Currently: Chris’ current directorships/partnerships are with Christopher Dee LLP, The Creative Property Group Ltd and Doon Villa Holdings Ltd.
Nick MillsNon-Executive Director +
Nick MillsNon-Executive Director
Nick joined in 2020 as Non-Executive Director. He has been employed by Harwood Capital LLP since 2019 after spending 5 years at Gabelli Asset Management in New York. He acted primarily as a Research Analyst covering the multi-industrial space and also gained experience in Merger Arbitrage strategies and marketing Closed End Funds. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.
Currently: Nick’s current directorships are Harwood Capital Management (Gibraltar) Limited, Growth Financial Services Limited, 62 Pont Street (Freehold) Ltd, NIOX Group PLC, Harwood Capital Management Limited and North Atlantic Investment Services Limited.
David HankinCompany Secretary +
David HankinCompany Secretary
David joined Hargreaves in 2016 and was subsequently appointed as Company Secretary in 2023.
David is a solicitor having qualified with Watson Burton LLP in 2009. Upon qualification, he moved to WSP (formerly Parsons Brinckerhoff) where he worked as in-house legal counsel for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region until joining Hargreaves.