Our People

Anthony Smith - Executive Chairman

Anthony Smith - Executive Chairman

Anthony joined Shoe Zone in 1993 as Marketing Manager and held various roles within Marketing and Retail divisions before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 1997. Since his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Shoe Zone has carried out three major acquisitions and traded successfully through two recessions. Anthony was appointed Executive Chairman in June 2016. Anthony is a founder and Trustee of the Shoe Zone Trust. Anthony is a Trustee of Uppingham School and Chairman of the Uppingham School Foundation.

Jeremy Sharman - Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Jeremy Sharman - Non-Executive Deputy Chairman

Jeremy Sharman has over 25 years of experience acting as a non-executive director on the boards of various companies, primarily in the consumer and internet sectors. He was one of the founding partners of HgCapital where he served from 1990 to 2005. He now acts as an independent investing director. He has served as chairman or non-executive director on the boards of Premier Marinas, Park Resorts, Hoseasons, Villarenters.com, Travelsphere, Page and Moy and Belfast International Airport amongst others. Jeremy took up the post of Non-Executive Director at Shoe Zone in 2012. Jeremy holds an MA in Mathematics from Oxford University. He is founder and chairman of two charities and chairman of Witham Hall and Dolphin Preparatory Schools.

Nick Davis - Chief Executive Officer

Nick Davis - Chief Executive Officer

Nick joined Shoe Zone in 2003 as Management Accountant from PKF where he had been a Senior Business Advisor in Audit and Assurance. Nick became Financial Controller of Shoe Zone in 2005 and then joined the Board as Finance Director in 2006. As Chief Financial Officer in 2014 he successfully joint led the company's IPO process and has recently in 2016 been appointed as Chief Executive Officer. He is FCA qualified and holds a BSC in Economics from Loughborough University. Outside of Shoe Zone Nick also serves as a Board member and Trustee of three charities.

Charles Smith - Chief Operating Officer

Charles Smith - Chief Operating Officer

Charles joined Shoe Zone in 1998 and quickly progressed through Store Manager and Area Manager, joining the Board as Retail Director in 2001. Over the past 15 years, Charles has worked closely with his brother, Anthony, and other members of the management team to ensure integration of acquired businesses with Shoe Zone's existing business and the Shoe Zone culture. As Chief Operating Officer his main areas of responsibility are Retail and HR. Charles holds a Business Studies degree from Leicester DeMontfort University. Charles is a founder and Trustee of Shoe Zone Trust. Outside of Shoe Zone he is a Board member and Trustee of three charities.

Charlie Caminada - Independent Non-Executive Director

Charlie Caminada - Non-Executive Director

Charlie has over 20 years' executive board experience of brand building for entertainment, media and retail organisations, including 16 years' experience on the boards of London Stock Exchange traded companies and 12 years' experience as a COO. Charlie spent seven years as Chief Operating Officer at Ludorum plc between 2005 and 2012, heading the company's listing on AIM in 2006. Prior to that he was a founding member and Chief Operating Officer at HIT Entertainment plc for 15 years. Charlie is currently non-executive director at Hornby plc, Specialist Advisor & Member of the Development Board to the Centre of Social Justice and a Specialist Advisor to the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). He is a Governor of Heathfield School, Ascot.

Malcolm Collins - Non-Executive Director

Malcolm Collins - Non-Executive Director

Malcolm Collins joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in June 2016. Malcolm has extensive experience in retail, most recently as Group Buying and Design Director for footwear and accessories at New Look. Malcolm oversaw the group's £550m footwear division which he and his team grew from a zero base to market leaders, representing 30% of group turnover. Prior to Malcolm's 16 years at New Look, he spent 23 years at the international retailer, wholesaler and manufacturer, Clarks Shoes. Malcolm worked in a number of roles during his career at Clarks, including 13 years as Womens Footwear Buyer.

Jonathan Fearn - Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan Fearn - Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan Fearn joined Shoe Zone as Chief Financial Officer in 2016 and has subsequently gained responsibility for Operations and Distribution. Jonathan has extensive experience within Strategic and Retail Finance, primarily within Celesio UK, including a period as Head of Region for Lloydspharmacy Retail and prior to that with PowerGen UK. Jonathan holds a BSc in Managerial and Administrative Studies from Aston University and is ACMA qualified.

Clare Howes - Buying Director

Clare Howes - Buying Director

Clare joined Shoe Zone in 1997 as Ladies Buyer and was appointed to the board of Shoe Zone Retail Limited in 2003 as Buying Director. Clare has over 25 years' experience of footwear buying and sourcing having initially trained as a Children's Buyer with British Shoe Corporation in its Freeman Hardy Willis, Truform and Curtess divisions before becoming a Ladies Buyer in the Roland Cartier and Lilley and Skinner divisions.

Naomi Shefford - Marketing Director

Naomi Shefford - Marketing Director

Naomi joined Shoe Zone in 1994 and became Marketing Manager in 2000. She was appointed to the board of Shoe Zone Retail Limited in 2007 as Marketing Director. Over the past 15 years she has overseen the successful integration of the three acquired brands into Shoe Zone. She is responsible for both store and digital marketing along with Shoe Zone's shopfitting programme. Naomi holds a HND in Business and Finance and a Diploma in Management from the Chartered Management Institute. Naomi is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Richard Bower - Merchandise Director

Richard Bower - Merchandise Director

Richard re-joined the Shoe Zone team as Merchandise Director in March 2015, having previously worked at the company for over ten years. He has held Director Level positions in Footwear Retail for over 12 years, including with Barratts, Priceless Shoes and Shoe Zone. As a Retail Merchandising specialist, Richard has in recent years been acting as a Business Planning Consultant assisting with the design and implementation of Merchandise Planning Systems for several international retailers, including River Island, Burberry and Adidas. Richard has over 30 years' experience in retail Buying & Merchandising, having started his career in the 80's as a Merchandiser with the British Shoe Corporation.