Board Of Directors


Simon Howard, Non-executive Chairman

Simon was a founder of Work Group plc and after the reverse takeover in August 2017 was invited to become a non executive director of The Ince Group plc. He worked in the UK recruitment industry for over 30 years, 20 of which were in senior executive roles. In 1988 he was appointed Managing Director, then Chief Executive of Barkers Human Resources. He left that business in 1994 to lead the buy-out of Park Human Resources which was then sold to SHL Group plc in 1997 with Simon becoming an executive director on the main board. He resigned in 1999 and co-founded Work Group in 2000. He wrote the weekly ‘Jobfile’ column on employment issues in The Sunday Times for over 12 years and has been a regular contributor to magazines and speaker on recruitment and HR issues.



Adrian Biles, Chief Executive Officer

Adrian qualified as a solicitor at a large City law firm in the early 1990s. He left to go into business in 1994, since when he has been involved in private equity transactions across a number of business sectors, including insurance broking and underwriting, retail motor distribution and property development. Adrian has a record over 25 years of creating significant value for shareholders. He founded ACR Solicitors LLP in 2007 and was responsible for merging the original legal practice of Gordon Dadds into Gordon Dadds LLP in 2013 when he became managing partner and has since overseen the expansion of the Group by a combination of acquisitions and organic growth from a £2.7 million turnover business in 2013 to a £100 million annualised turnover business in 2019.


Simon Oakes, Chief Financial Officer

Simon Oakes is a qualified chartered accountant. He trained as an auditor with EY before moving to their corporate finance team. In 2013 he joined Deloitte as a director in corporate finance, specialising in financial diligence across a number of sectors and acquisition types (including listed transactions and Private Equity backed transactions). He has worked as Group Financial Controller since joining the Group in October 2018 and was appointed as Chief Financial Officer at the beginning of April 2020.


Donald Brown, Executive Director

Donald Brown is a senior investment banking executive with over 25 years’ experience of working in the small cap and mid cap broking sector. Most recently he was a Managing Director at the Royal Bank of Canada and previously held senior positions at Collins Stewart and Evolution Securities. He has specialist knowledge of fundraisings at primary and secondary levels and many years’ experience of advising CEOs and boards across a wide range of industries on corporate strategies within the public and private markets.



Carol Ashton, Non-executive Director

Carol has spent most of her career in professional services and was the International HR Director at DLA Piper between 2008 and 2017 where she led its first international HR strategy. Previous roles include Chief Human Resources Officer at Ernst & Young and EMEIA HR Director at Andersen. Since 2018 Carol has worked as an executive coach and consultant providing strategic HR services across a variety of industries. She holds non-executive positions with the Lord Chancellor’s Recruitment Advisory Committee, and the Appointments Committees of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the General Dental Council.



Laurence Milsted, Non-executive Director

Laurence has worked with the legal industry throughout his career, predominantly at ‘Magic Circle’ law firm Freshfields where he was Global CFO. Now a coach and consultant, principally to the professionals, Laurence brings vast experience of law firm profitability models and working capital issues. He also has a particular interest in technology and business transformation, as well as compensation and governance arrangements. Outside of legal, he has extensive experience as a non-executive Board member and Audit Committee Chair.

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