WMC Retail Partners Plc (WMC) has a distinguished Board of Directors with a vast combined experience of markets, visitor attractions, finance and business.
Lord Lee of Trafford – Non Executive Chairman
As well as being the Chairman of WMC, John Lee has been an MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary and High Sheriff of Greater Manchester. He entered the House of Lords in 2006 and is currently Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Tourism Group, as well as Chairman of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. John is married with two daughters, and manages to find time to indulge his hobbies of golf and fly-fishing.
Sarah Hewett – Non Executive Director
Sarah Hewett is a leading City analyst with Berenberg, focused on the European media and internet sectors, including e-commerce. She was previously a Managing Director for fifteen years at US investment bank Morgan Stanley. To WMC Sarah brings her keen insight into capital markets and online strategies. She has three children, and in her spare time enjoys tennis, running, skiing, cooking and reading.
Malcolm Ball – Chief Executive
Malcolm Ball joined WMC in the summer of 2008, having enjoyed a career spanning more than three decades in the hospitality, retail and leisure sectors. He has developed a reputation for the successful transformation and profitable operation of events, retail and leisure spaces.
Malcolm was, immediately before joining WMC, chief executive of Wineworld PLC, the company behind London’s Vinopolis wine tasting attraction. He introduced a series of initiatives in his three years there which turned a £1m annual loss into a £2m profit. He was on the board of the Better Bankside Business Improvement District and played an active role in developing Borough Market.
Malcolm also developed the ground-breaking Barclaycard Profile Points scheme.
Andrew Sparrow – Executive Director
Andrew’s career started within broadcasting, having held a variety of roles at the BBC, subsequently followed by 10-years’ experience in the corporate social responsibility, retail and events industries. During this period Andrew worked across a range of projects, including the asset management and marketing of Old Spitalfields Market. Under Andrew’s leadership, the traditional market venue has been transformed into a dynamic visitor experience boasting cutting-edge retail, extensive dining and vibrant market trading. Andrew has extensive experience in developing funding and sponsorship proposals, along with retail marketing strategies.