Debbie Bestwick MBE
Chief Executive Officer
Debbie Bestwick is an industry leader with over 30 years in the games industry and is one of the founding members of Team17. Initially leading Team17’s Sales and Marketing department, Debbie went on to become responsible for all of the commercial and legal aspects of the business, working globally with top tier games distributors, publishers, developers, and licence partners. Debbie became joint CEO in 2009 and sole CEO in 2010, leading the company through its 2011 management buy-out and subsequent sale of a minority stake to LDC in 2016. Debbie was awarded an MBE for services to the video games industry in 2016, joint winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year UK Disruptor category in 2017 and was awarded the inaugural Outstanding Contribution to the UK Games Industry at the 2017 Golden Joystick Awards. Previously Debbie has been honoured with the Hall of Fame award at the European Women in Games Conference 2015 and MCV Person of the Year award in 2015.
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer
Paul Bray was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer in 2010 and alongside Debbie Bestwick, led the Group through its 2011 management buy-out, launch of the Games Label and 2016 sale of a minority stake to LDC. Paul qualified as a certified accountant in the 1980s and has approximately 30 years’ post-qualification experience as a Finance Director (including positions previously with William Hill).
Chris has considerable listed board experience across a range of sectors. Chris has, since 2015, been Senior Independent Director for The Rank Group Plc, where he also serves on both the Audit Committee and the Nominations Committee. Chris is Non-Executive Chairman of three AIM-listed companies: XL Media plc, TechFinancials, Inc and OnTheMarket plc, all of which he took to market and on which he serves on key governance committees. He is also a Non-Executive Director at AIM-listed Gaming Realms plc. Chris joined Ladbroke Group plc in 1991, becoming Managing Director of its Racing Division in 1995. In 2000, he became Chief Executive of Ladbrokes Worldwide and joined the Board of the rebranded Hilton Group plc, becoming Chief Executive of Ladbrokes plc, following the sale of the Hilton International Hotel division, until 2010. He has also served as Non-Executive Director at Spirit Pub Company plc (from 2011 to 2015) and as Senior Independent Director at Quintain Estates and Development plc (from 2010 to 2015). Prior to joining Ladbrokes plc (formerly Hilton Group plc and Ladbrokes Group plc), Chris held senior marketing positions at Allied Lyons plc
Penny has over 30 years of experience in Compliance, Regulation, Corporate Finance and Audit and is currently Chair of AIM-listed Plus500 Ltd. Penny is also a Non-Executive Director of Alpha Financial Markets Consulting plc and AIM-listed TruFin plc, (which she took to market), where she serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee of both companies. Penny was, until June 2016, a Managing Director and EMEA Head of Compliance at Nomura International plc, a position she held for three years. Prior to this, Penny worked at UBS Investment Bank for nine years and held the position of Managing Director, EMEA Head of Compliance. Penny also acted as Head of Equity Markets at the London Stock Exchange and qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
- The Audit Committee comprises Chris Bell and Penny Judd and is chaired by Penny Judd.
- The Remuneration Committee comprises Chris Bell and Penny Judd and is chaired by Chris Bell.
- The Nomination Committee comprises Debbie Bestwick, Chris Bell and Penny Judd and is chaired by Chris Bell.