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Chief Financial & Operating Officer

Electra Private Equity PLC

London, UK

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Gavin Manson’s Biography

Gavin Manson has spent his career in finance leadership roles implementing strategic change and turnaround in businesses across sectors. He is currently Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Electra Private Equity PLC where, under his leadership, shareholder value has grown from £1bn to £2bn.

Electra is an investment company with a portfolio of corporate investments that until recently included the restaurant brand, TGI Fridays, now part of listed company Hostmore plc. Gavin was responsible for the delivery of the TGI Fridays turnaround strategy and the development and subsequent demerger of Hostmore, creating a well-capitalised and well led group that will generate significant shareholder value going forward.

Following the demerger of Hostmore in November 2021, Hotter Shoes is Electra’s only remaining corporate investment.

A highly respected finance professional, Gavin was previously CFO of Thomas Cook Group’s £7bn revenue tour operator division, after joining in 2013 to help develop and implement the Group’s recapitalisation and turnaround plan. Before this, Gavin was Finance...
Gavin Manson has spent his career in finance leadership roles implementing strategic change and turnaround in businesses across sectors. He is currently Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Electra Private Equity PLC where, under his leadership, shareholder value has grown from £1bn to £2bn.

Electra is an investment company with a portfolio of corporate investments that until recently included the restaurant brand, TGI Fridays, now part of listed company Hostmore plc. Gavin was responsible for the delivery of the TGI Fridays turnaround strategy and the development and subsequent demerger of Hostmore, creating a well-capitalised and well led group that will generate significant shareholder value going forward.

Following the demerger of Hostmore in November 2021, Hotter Shoes is Electra’s only remaining corporate investment.

A highly respected finance professional, Gavin was previously CFO of Thomas Cook Group’s £7bn revenue tour operator division, after joining in 2013 to help develop and implement the Group’s recapitalisation and turnaround plan. Before this, Gavin was Finance Director of Premier Farnell PLC, where he had global P&L responsibility whilst delivering digital strategic change across operations in Europe, US and APAC.

During his tenure at Merck KGaA, Gavin served in leadership positions in the UK whilst also leading wider group projects. He led Merck’s Consumer Healthcare division in the UK and Ireland as Finance Director and managed the integration of the group’s four operating divisions across the UK and Ireland. This followed his success as Finance Director of OTC medicines manufacturer, Seven Seas.

Gavin started his career at KPMG, as a Chartered Accountant, after graduating from The University of Edinburgh with a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering. He is a keen supporter of Scottish Rugby and of The Royal Opera House.
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Edison Investment Research
Hostmore formed to provide a platform for the development of hospitality brands

The strategic transformation of the iconic Fridays brand operations in the UK provides Hostmore with not only the prospect of strong earnings generation but the model for future investments on the Hostmore platform.

London Stock Exchange
London Stock Exchange welcomes Hostmore plc to the Main Market

Following the successful completion of its demerger from Electra Private Equity PLC, Hostmore was listed on the London Stock Exchange on 2nd November 2021.

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Gavin Manson’s Background

Electra Private Equity PLC
Chief Financial & Operating Officer
Aug 2016 - Present
London, UK
Electra Private Equity PLC is an LSE listed investment trust that focuses on private equity investments.
Thomas Cook Group
Finance Director | Tour Operations, Hotels & Resorts Division
Mar 2013 - Jul 2016
London, UK
Gavin was Group Head of Financial Reporting until 2014 when he became Finance Director for Thomas Cook's £7bn tour operations, hotels & resorts division globally. He led operational and cultural change, and delivered improved profitability despite challenging trading conditions.
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Current Board Positions

Hostmore plc
Non-Executive Director
Apr 2021 - Present
Hostmore is a hospitability business that includes the Fridays and 63rd+1st restaurant brands. In November 2021 the company was admitted to the London Stock Exchange.
Hotter Shoes
Chairman & Non Executive Director
Skelmersdale, UK
Hotter Shoes is the largest footwear manufacturer in the United Kingdom. The company sells over a million pairs of shoes a year and have been manufacturing specialist footwear that combines both style and comfort since 1959.

Previous Board Positions

Fridays
Chairman & Non-Executive Director
Nov 2019 - Nov 2021
The UK franchise of a leading restaurant chain offering American food and beverages with an atmosphere that captures the spirit of Fridays.
Sentinel Performance Solutions
Non Executive Director
Jul 2019 - Apr 2021
Warrington, UK
Sentinel is an innovative UK manufacturer of water treatment products and services designed to improve the performance of residential heating and hot water systems.

Philanthropy

The Royal Opera House
Supporting Friend
London, UK
The Royal Opera House is a major performing arts venue in central London. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
National Trust for Scotland
Supporter
National Trust for Scotland is a conservation charity dedicated to protecting Scotland’s cultural, natural and built heritage, and supported by more than 365,000 members.

Gavin Manson’s Education

The University of Edinburgh
Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Civil Engineering
1984 - 1989

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