Board of Directors

Mervyn Keene (aged 69)*#+
Non-Executive Chairman
Mervyn joined the Group in 1989 and became Managing Director of the former Garden Leisure Division. He was appointed Group Finance Director in 1993 and became Non-Executive Chairman in June 2010.

Mervyn brings 50 years of business knowledge and acumen from numerous industries and is an expert in buying and selling businesses. Although he has served for a number of years as Chairman, he remains fiercely independent, regularly challenging and holding the executive board to account. In addition, he continues to provide strong leadership whilst maintaining a very detailed knowledge and understanding of the sectors in which the Group operates.

He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Stephen Grant (aged 59)
Chief Executive Officer
Steve joined MV Sports & Leisure Limited from the accountancy profession in 1990 becoming Finance Director in that year. He was appointed Managing Director of MV in 1996 and became Chief Executive Officer of the Group in June 2010.

Steve has in-depth knowledge of the toy, sports, leisure and bicycle sectors, in both licensing and own brand environments, as well as extensive experience in sourcing and importing from overseas suppliers.

He continues to be a regular visitor to the Far East and has considerable knowledge of selling to both national and independent customers.

Jim Shears (aged 45)
Group Finance Director
Jim joined the Group as Group Financial Controller in 2002. He was appointed Company Secretary in 2008 and Group Finance Director in June 2010.

Jim brings a wealth of financial knowledge and experience in both private and public sectors as well as small and large company environments, having previously worked for the Audit Commission, IFG Group plc and AWG plc as well as start-up businesses where he has held various roles. He is also well versed in online and direct to consumer selling.

Jim is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Phil Ratcliffe (aged 56)
Group Commercial Director
Phil joined MV Sports & Leisure Limited in 1999 and has many years’ experience in commercial and strategic roles within the consumer goods sector, incorporating well known companies such as Car Plan, Waddingtons Games and Mattel.

His experience encompasses marketing, licensing, product development, Far East sourcing and account management.

Phil is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing, Vice-Chairman and formerly Chairman of The British Toy & Hobby Association.

Andy Bestwick (aged 57)*+
Non-Executive Director

Andy was formerly Managing Director of Gardman Holdings Limited, the outdoor garden products supplier.

He has considerable experience in product development, sourcing and supply chain management, especially from Asia, and selling to national and independent retailers. This experience has enabled him to have a strong understanding of the environment in which the Group operates which has enabled him to help to deliver the strategy of the Group.

Andy is also a Non-Executive Director of Smart Garden Products Limited, one of the fastest growing businesses in the garden and outdoor leisure sector.  He was appointed to the Board in April 2010.

Mark Taylor (aged 57)*#+
Non-Executive Director

Mark joined the Board in October 2019. He was a partner in Grant Thornton UK LLP for 19 years having spent his entire career in the accounting profession. He was an audit and transactions support partner, specialising in transaction support in recent years. He is chairman of the Grant Thornton defined benefit pension scheme.

Mark has considerable experience of corporate transactions across many sectors, financial reporting and the management of defined benefit schemes. This experience enables him to support the Group with its financial reporting, any potential corporate transactions and the pension schemes.

Mark is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.


Jim Shears

* Member of the Remuneration Committee
# Member of the Audit Committee
+ Member of the Nominations Committee