Maurice Dwek – Chairman – aged 72
Maurice Dwek started trading as a distributor of certain ICI products in 1963. He was chairman and co-founded Dwek Group plc in 1963, a company which was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1973. In 1988 Dwek Group plc had a turnover of £38 million and made profits before tax of £4.1 million and was sold to a management buy-out team. In 1989, he became chairman of Arlen plc (electronics) and Owen & Robinson plc (sports footwear, retailing and jewellery shops). He resigned as chairman of both companies in 1992 but was re-appointed as chairman of Owen & Robinson plc in May 1996 in order to rescue the business from administration by arranging a placing and open offer and re-listing the company on the Official List of the London Stock Exchange. He retired from the board of Owen and Robinson plc in September 1996 in order to concentrate on Newmark where he is Chairman, having been appointed in May 1997 and is responsible for its strategic direction.
Marie-Claire Dwek – Chief Executive Officer – aged 48
Marie-Claire has worked for four years in the electronic security sector as marketing director. Since 2001 Ms Dwek has worked in property investment and management for Motcomb Estates.
Brian Gordon Beecraft – Group Finance Director – aged 61
Brian Beecraft qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1973 with Touche Ross and Co. In 1985, he joined United Transport International PLC, the transport division of BET PLC, and became group financial controller in 1990, responsible for all aspects of financial control and accounting for the group. In 1994, he left United Transport following the acquisition of BET PLC by Rentokil plc and worked as a freelance financial consultant for four years before joining the Board in April 1998 as Finance Director.
Michel Rapoport Non – Executive Director – aged 70
Michel Rapoport was previously President and Chief Executive of Mosler Inc., a manufacturer and integrator of security systems for banking, industrial and commercial organisations. Prior to that he was Vice President of Pitney Bowes International and Chairman of Pitney Bowes France. He is president and Chief Executive Officer of LII Holdings, Inc, a holding company based in Atlanta, Georgia USA. He joined the Newmark Board in January 2001.
Robert Waddington – Non Executive Director – aged 70
Robert is a chartered accountant who has worked for many years in investment banking and has experience of the betting and gaming, property investment and engineering industries.
Sub-Committees of the Board
The Board has established two standing committees, the audit and remuneration committees, comprising of independent Non-Executive Directors. Each committee has written terms of reference. The Audit Committee, comprising R. Waddington, N. Medlam and MC. Dwek is responsible for the appointment of external auditors, reviewing the interim and annual financial results, considering matters raised by the auditors and reviewing the internal control systems operated by the Group. The Remuneration Committee, comprising M. Rapoport, N. Medlam and MC Dwek meets at least once a year to review the terms and conditions of employment of Executive Directors including the provision of incentives and performance related benefits.