Board of Directors

Alex Dacre, Chief Executive, has a background in the quoted business-to-business services sector and an expertise in executing buy-and-build growth strategies. Prior to forming Marlowe, he directed Impellam Group plc’s corporate development activities, completing a number of significant acquisitions including the transformational £73m acquisition of Lorien Resourcing, a UK market leader in technology recruitment with £350m in revenues. During an 18 month period of acquisitions, Impellam saw its market capitalisation more than double to over £400m and it became the UK’s second largest temporary staffing business. Prior to this, he worked with Charles Skinner to turn around AIM-listed Restore plc into one of the UK's leading office services companies and a leading consolidator in the document management and commercial relocation sectors.

Derek O’Neill, Chairman, was Chief Executive and a majority shareholder of Lorien Resourcing, a £350m revenue market leader in technology recruitment, until its recent sale to Impellam Group plc. He has previously been on the Board of two listed companies including Deltron Electronics plc. He spent 12 years as an executive director of a number of private equity backed businesses and also as an executive director in a diverse range of sectors, including house building, electronics, engineering, telecommunications, logistics and recruitment. He is currently a non-executive director of Impellam.

Charles Skinner, Non-Executive Director, is Chief Executive of Restore plc, the AIM-listed provider of office services. Under his leadership its market capitalisation has grown from £1m to around £400m today. He was previously Chief Executive of Johnson Services Group plc and Brandon Hire plc, prior to which he was at SG Warburg, 3i plc and was Editor of Management Today. Charles has 17 years' experience as Chief Executive of quoted companies, all operating in the business to business service sector. He chairs the Remuneration Committee. 

Peter Gaze, Non-Executive Director,  was recently the Chief Financial Officer and a Director of BCB Holdings Limited and of Waterloo Investment Holdings Limited. Peter was an executive at ADT Group plc during its expansion in the UK and US, in the period leading up to its acquisition by Tyco International for £3.7 billion in 1997. He chairs the Audit Committee.

Nigel Jackson, Executive Director and Managing Director of Swift, was appointed to the Board on 31st March 2016 following the acquisition of Swift. He has a background in developing support service businesses and has operated in the service sector since 1980. Nigel qualified as a chartered accountant in 1978 whilst working for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He co-founded Swift in 1982 and for the last 10 years, as Managing Director, has spearheaded its growth into one of the leading independent businesses in the sector during a period which has seen consistent growth in revenue and profit. Prior to running Swift, Nigel ran his own accountancy practice, Jacksons Chartered Accountants, from 1985 to 2005 before it was sold to the other partners. He is a director of a number of other private businesses.