Gillian Leates - Executive Chairman
Gill brings with her a wealth of public sector experience having served as Investment Director on the main board of Majedie Investments PLC from 1999 to 2008, and as a non-executive director of Majedie Asset Management Limited during that period , where she played a key role in setting up the UK pension fund management business in 2002. Prior to that she successfully managed £1bn in the UK stock market for Courtaulds Pension Fund. Whilst in her early career from 1981 to 1989 she worked at Schroders working on research in the US and UK and then successfully managing the Schroders UK Smaller Companies Exempt Fund. She was previously a non-executive director of AIM quoted Hydrodec PLC for 6 years, and is currently a non-executive director of InnoVenn UK Limited.
Chris Vermaak - Managing Director
Chris is Managing Director of React Group PLC. He joined React in 2015 and was Operations Manager of the React Group before being appointed to his current role in 2017. He has been in the cleaning industry for over 15 years and has held a wide variety of roles, both in the UK and South Africa, ranging from direct delivery through to sales and general management. Chris was attracted by the challenge of becoming React Group Plc Managing Director, and by the opportunity to shape and develop the organisation, utilising the strengths of the wider React group.
Simon is a qualified solicitor having been a partner at DLA Piper from 1993 to 2009. This included acting as Managing Partner of DLA Piper's Manchester office from 2006 to 2009, and sitting on the DLA Piper International LLP main board from 2005 to 2008. He has significant experience as an advisor to a public and private companies and has acted on over 400 transactions across a number of sectors (with deal values up to £1.1 billion). More recently, Simon has been providing corporate finance and strategic advice to entrepreneurial businesses.