Board of Directors

Bob Holt OBE

Executive Chairman

Bob was appointed as a Director and Executive Chairman of Lakehouse plc in July 2016. He is a member of the Nomination Committee. Bob is an experienced manager and developer of service businesses. In a career in the service sector spanning over 35 years he has an extensive track record of growing businesses and turning around underperforming companies. Bob provides experienced executive leadership to navigate the business through challenging market conditions whilst setting a clear strategic direction for the Group for the medium term. Bob is chairman of Mears Group PLC, a company in which he acquired a controlling interest in 1996. Mears Group floated on AIM in 1996 and moved to the Main Market in 2008. As well as his continued involvement with Mears Group, Bob also currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Totally plc. Bob was awarded an OBE in January 2016.

Robert Legget

Senior Independent Director

Robert was appointed to the Board of Lakehouse in April 2016. He is Chairman of the Nomination Committee, Interim Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee. Robert has extensive business and finance experience. Robert co-founded Progressive Value Management Limited in 2000 and is Chairman. Progressive Value Management specialises in creating value and liquidity for institutional investors from illiquid holdings in underperforming companies. In this role he has had significant engagement with public company boards. Robert was formerly a director of Quayle Munro Holdings plc and Foreign & Colonial Private Equity Trust plc. Robert is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Andrew Harrison

Non-Executive Director

Andrew was appointed to the Board as an Alternate Director in June 2016 and as a Director in July 2016. He is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees. Andrew has extensive business and legal experience. Andrew is the founder and owner of the law firm, Tallar LLP and has more than 25 years’ experience as a solicitor in private practice, specialising in company law. He has advised on a wide range of corporate transactions, including management buy-outs and buy-ins, corporate acquisitions and disposals and listed company takeovers. Andrew is a non-executive director of Victoria plc and Islandbridge Capital Limited. Andrew is an Executor and Trustee of the Estate of Steve Rawlings.

Jeremy Simpson

Chief Financial Officer

Jeremy joined Lakehouse in April 2014 as Chief Financial Officer. Jeremy has broad finance experience and has held senior financial positions with a number of other public companies. Prior to joining Lakehouse, Jeremy was Group Corporate Development Director and UK Finance Director at Shanks Group plc between 2011 and 2014. Prior to that Jeremy held a number of senior roles at Hunting plc, Avery Dennison and Smiths Group. Jeremy is a qualified chartered accountant, having trained at Ernst & Young LLP. Jeremy is a trustee and treasurer of the single parent charity, Gingerbread.

Michael McMahon

Chief Operating Officer

Michael joined the Group in April 2014 following its acquisition of Everwarm. Michael has significant experience in the Energy Services sector and was a founding director of Everwarm. Michael has responsibility for the operational performance of the Group. Michael has significant experience in the Energy Services sector and was a founding director of Everwarm in 2011, which grew to become a profitable company with turnover of over £45.0m by the time of its acquisition by Lakehouse in April 2014. Prior to founding Everwarm, Michael was Group Operations Director at Eaga plc, leaving it shortly before it was acquired by Carillion plc.

John Charlton

Group Company Secretary

John joined Lakehouse in May 2017 as Group Company Secretary. John’s background is in Corporate Banking having spent 28 years with Barclays plc dealing predominantly with larger corporate clients in the support services sector and professional practices. On leaving Barclays in 2007 John has been involved in various aspects of Corporate Finance and fundraising within the SME marketplace and was Director, Shared Services and Company Secretary for an AIM listed compliance business. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.