Trading Board and Company Secretary

Simon Calvert, Trade Director

Simon Calvert Simon Calvert joined the business in April 2017 and is responsible for Customer Marketing, E-Commerce, Supply Chain, Logistics, and Merchandising. Prior to joining Bonmarche, Simon was the Global Trading Director at The Conran Shop with overall responsibility for marketing, merchandising, e-commerce and logistics. Previously, Simon was Merchandise, Logistics and Supply Chain Director at Republic, and Merchandise Director at BHS.

Geraldine Higgins, Product Director

Geraldine HigginsGeraldine Higgins joined the Group in January 2016 as Product Director and is responsible for buying, design, sourcing and compliance. Geraldine has a strong value trading and sourcing background and she started her career in Ireland for Dunnes Stores, before moving to the UK to join Primark. Subsequently, she worked for Matalan, Etam (Holland), Head of Womenswear at Tu Sainsburys, and as Brand Director at Monsoon.

Mark Matthews, Retail, Operations and Property Director

Stuart Merrilees
Mark Matthews joined Bonmarché in January 2019 as Retail, Operations and Property Director and is responsible for retail, visual merchandising, central operations and new business. Mark joins us from George at Asda, where he was Senior Director for Retail, Store, Supply and Multichannel Operations. Mark has nearly 25 years of retail experience and throughout his career has worked for Selfridges, Best Buy Europe and BHS.

Stuart Merrilees, Technology and Change Director

Stuart Merrilees
Stuart Merrilees joined Bonmarchè in December 2017 as Technology & Change Director, and is responsible for technology operations and business change. Stuart joins us from GL Group, where he held the position of Global Business Transformation Director, responsible for the development and delivery of the strategic plan, strategic projects portfolio and organisational change governance and oversight. He has successfully led strategy and transformational change initiatives across the Financial Services, Leisure and Retail industries, working for RBS, Direct Line Group and GL Group.

Caroline Farbridge, Company Secretary

Caroline Farbridge
Caroline Farbridge joined Bonmarchè in September 2016 as Company Secretary. Caroline has over 20 years governance experience across several business sectors, most recently as Group Company Secretary for EMIS Group plc. Prior to that, she worked for WYG Group plc, Provident Financial plc, Heywood Williams plc and Yorkshire Electricity plc. Caroline is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. Alongside her role of Company Secretary, Caroline was also appointed as Head of HR for the business in October 2017.