Chris is a qualified Charted Public Finance Accountant with over 30 years of local authority experience including 11 years as a Director of Finance & Resources and a period as Acting Chief Executive. Joined WMC in 2001 as a main Board Director with responsibility for developing new business and long term partnerships with local authorities and private sector landlords. Set up his own business in 2013. Regularly undertakes assignments for the company supporting and giving specialist advice to the in-house management team.
Ken Riley – Finance Director
Ken joined WMC Retail in June 2016 having spent the last 16 years as Finance Director of two owner managed SMEs. A qualified CIMA accountant, Ken has done every job in finance starting as an office junior and working his way up to Finance Director by the age of 32. His career has encompassed textiles, a newspaper group, logistics, industrial manufacturing and TV support systems before venturing into another new challenge at WMC.
Colin Breen, WMC Retail Project Manager
Colin has 22 years of retail management, sales & operational experience through working for WHSmith for 12 years in a variety of roles including Retail, HR and Project Management.
Prior to joining the team at WMC Colin worked for the UK’s leading academic specialist retailer, John Smith’s for 8 years. As UK Retail Director, Colin lead the transformation from traditional bookseller to modern student’s stores on University Campuses. Colin heads up the Sales, Operations and Consultancy teams at WMC.
Esther Worboys – Sales & Marketing Manager
Esther has over fifteen years’ experience delivering marketing strategies, managing events and PR and communications. She started her marketing career with Walt Disney Television, brand managing key TV shows, and launching pan-European websites, later adding destination marketing skills with three years at the National Trust. She has also spent a number of years as a Town Centre Manager, initially for Twickenham, and later for Hounslow. Working for the local authority, she engaged with multiple stakeholders, including retailers, in order to drive footfall to the town centres through marketing and events and the creation of a new street market.
Sarah Torrance – Operations Co-ordinator
Sarah has been with WMC for 2 years and during this time has gained experience in a variety of roles including the day to day running of a market. Now part of the project team Sarah spends her time working on WMC consultancy ventures such as moving existing markets, designing new spaces for independent retail and launching new market concepts. Sarah began her career in the luxury residential sector and employs the skills she learnt there including project management, place making and stakeholder engagement at WMC to great effect.