The Board is responsible for directing, providing appropriate advice, and supervising the Company’s business strategy, and is responsible to shareholders for the Group’s financial and operational performance as well as its risk management. The Board delegates the development and implementation of Group strategy and day-to-day management issues to the Executive Directors.
The Board is made up of three Executive Directors, and three Non-executive Directors. The Board is satisfied that between the Directors, it has an effective and appropriate balance of independence on the one hand, and knowledge of the Company on the other, to enable it to discharge its duties and responsibilities effectively.
Martin Boddy, Executive Chairman
Martin is both an entrepreneur and expert in marketing. He began his career in banking and was a member of the senior marketing team that launched First Direct. He went on to become the Marketing Director of Guardian Royal Exchange Group, aged just 29, before founding Jaywing with Andy Gardner in 1999 (which was then a data analytics consultancy and which is now still a key part of Jaywing plc).
Martin was recently a finalist at EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards. In addition to his own entrepreneurial background, he has supported other entrepreneurs through groups such as the Yorkshire Business Angels and judging on the Imperial College London Entrepreneurship course.
With both client and agency side experience, he is able to offer a unique perspective to the development of Jaywing’s business. During his tenure as Chief Executive, Martin has restructured Jaywing significantly, repositioning its heavyweight data science specialism at its heart. He has delivered a ‘one company’ strategy and spearheaded two strategic acquisitions and a divestment, reshaping the business and providing a platform for growth.
Martin leads by example and fosters a collaborative culture where learnings are shared and successes celebrated. He has drawn people together so they share common beliefs and delivered a programme for further developing a united and integrated business.
Prior to joining Jaywing, he was Head of Commercial Finance at Vasanta Group, a multi-channel distributor of business supplies and services, where he also enjoyed rapid career progression. After gaining his ACA qualification from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Michael also gained experience of central and local government through his work at Learndirect and South Yorkshire PTE.
Michael is an elite marathon runner and has represented Great Britain in Orienteering. His most recent challenge was to complete 10 marathons in 10 days for the Brathay Trust and Neurocare in May 2017. He did it in the second fastest time ever and raised almost £12,000.
Philip Hanson, Chair of the Remuneration Committee
Philip is also non-executive Director of the Bettys & Taylors Group. He is a Director of the French and Australian entities of the Goelet family wine business (SCEA Domaine de Nizas and Red Earth Nominees Pty Ltd respectively). He was a Director of Travelex Card Services Ltd until December 2015.
Mark is a non-executive Director of Political Holdings Limited US and Shutdown Maintenance Services Limited. Mark is also the non-executive Chairman of Devonshire Club Limited and Devonshire Club (Holdings) Limited.