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Executive Committee

Andrew Livingston

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Howdens in April 2018, having joined the Company as CEO Designate in January 2018. From 2013 he was the Chief Executive of Screwfix Direct Ltd, where he had previously held the position of Commercial and Ecommerce Director. Prior to joining Screwfix, Andrew was the Commercial Director and Chief Operating Officer at Wyevale Garden Centres and prior to that the Commercial Director of Kitchens and Bathrooms at B&Q. Andrew is currently a Non-Executive Director at LondonMetric Property Plc, a FTSE 250 REIT company. Andrew holds an MBA from London Business School.

Mark Robson

Deputy Chief Executive and
Chief Financial Officer

Mark was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in May 2014, having joined the Board in April 2005 as Chief Financial Officer. Mark spent the previous six years as Group Finance Director at Delta plc. Prior to this, he had held a number of senior financial positions with ICI between 1985 and 1998. He is a Chartered Accountant and qualified with Price Waterhouse. Mark has no external appointments.

Theresa Keating

Finance Director

Theresa was appointed Finance Director in May 2014, having been Group Financial Controller since 2007. She joined the Group Finance team in 2000 having previously held various commercial finance roles at Waterstones, HMV and Heals.

Andy Witts

Chief Operating Officer:
Howden Joinery Trade Division

Andy was appointed Chief Operating Officer in January 2014. He was one of the founding members of the Howden Joinery depot management team, joining from Magnet in 1995. Andy was promoted from the Regional team to become Sales Director in January 2007.

Rob Fenwick

Chief Operating Officer:
Howden Joinery Supply Division

Rob joined the Group in January 2001 and has held various supply chain positions within the Group. Since October 2005, he has been responsible for transforming the Supply Division from a vertically integrated operation to a commercial organisation. Prior to joining Howden Joinery Group Plc, Rob worked in the automotive, FMCG and other industry sectors.

Clive Cockburn

Chief Information Officer

Clive was appointed as CIO in January 2016 having joined Howdens in 2002 as Head of IT Infrastructure and Service Delivery. Prior to joining, he held senior IT positions in Hays Logistics UK, United Transport Limited and Exel Logistics plc.

Gareth Hopkins

Interim Group HR Director

Gareth was appointed Interim Group HR Director in April 2015 having previously worked in the business as a HR consultant for 15 months. He has worked as an interim HR Director in FTSE 250 companies for 15 years and was previously Group HR Director at Dairy Crest and Whitworths.

Kevin Barrett

Group Development Director and Commercial Director of the Trade Division

Kevin was appointed Group Development Director in September 2015 and Commercial Director of the Trade Division in March 2017. Prior to joining the Company, he spent 10 years at Sainsbury's, where he held a variety of roles including Director of Strategy for the whole company, and Head of Distribution for Sainsbury's Bank. He started his career as a management consultant at Accenture.

Andy Gault

Group Digital Director

Andy was appointed Group Digital Director in April 2018. He has over 20 years' experience in core areas of retail having worked at leading retailers such as Wyevale, Screwfix, and B&Q. Andy's experience encompasses the disciplines of eCommerce, store management, supply chain, buying, strategy, and international. He is also a member of the IMRG Advisory Board and has served on the Google Retail advisory council (EMEA).


Howdens' mission statement

To supply from local stock nationwide the small builder's ever-changing, routine, integrated kitchen and joinery requirements, assuring best local price, no-call-back quality and confidential trade terms...... and to provide the builder's customer with enough choice, advice and aftersales to make a home to be proud of.