The Board

The board of directors

Ben Hughes
Ben Hughes
Walpole's Chairman, Ben Hughes was appointed Global Commercial Director and Deputy CEO of the Financial Times in November 2006.
Mark Henderson
Mark Henderson
Mark Henderson is an experienced company chairman and director with an outstanding track record in international luxury and fashion businesses, most notably as chairman of Gieves & Hawkes.
Sue O'Brien OBE
Sue O'Brien OBE
Sue joined Ridgeway Partners as a partner in 2015 to lead the Retail and HR practice and work with the Board practice team. Previously Chief Executive, and a board member of a listed search firm, she has over 17 years as a practitioner in board advisory services.
Michelle Emmerson
Michelle Emmerson
The Chief Executive of Walpole, Michelle Emmerson brings a wealth of management and strategic experience gained from board-level and senior roles at companies including ASOS.com, BBC Worldwide and EMI Music.
Jo Malone MBE
Jo Malone MBE
Described as an 'English scent maverick', Jo Malone MBE launched her first brand, Jo Malone London, in 1995. After selling the business to Estée Lauder Companies, she launched her new brand JO LOVES in 2011.
Michael Morley
Michael Morley
Michael Morley is the CEO of Coutts & Co. Michael joined Coutts in June 2009, as Chief Executive of Coutts & Co and as a Director of Adam & Company. In September 2010 he also became Chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland International.
Jonathan Heilbron
Jonathan Heilbron
Following a successful career in the City, Jonathan Heilbron moved to Thomas Pink as Finance Director. In 2004 Jonathan became the President & CEO of Thomas Pink, the leading international luxury shirt brand.
Dr Frederick Mostert
Dr Frederick Mostert
Dr Frederick Mostert is a Past President of the International Trademark Association and is former Chief Intellectual Property Counsel and Chief Legal Counsel of Richemont, where he still serves in an advisory capacity.
Michael Ward
Michael Ward
Michael Ward is the Managing Director of Harrods. He began his career in chartered accountancy, training originally with Ernst and Young in 1980, before taking his first Group Finance Director position at Bassett Foods PLC in 1986.