Ken Lever June 2024

Marston’s has appointed Ken Lever as independent non-executive.

Lever will also become chair of the nomination committee, and succeeds William Rucker who steps down from the board on the same date. 

An experienced business leader, Lever has held a number of senior executive and non-executive positions at UK listed firms, across multiple sectors including retail, manufacturing, construction, software and business services.

He is currently non-executive chair at software company Cirata PLC, senior independent director at investment company Rockwood Strategic plc, and deputy chair of Rainier Developments Limited. 

Lever recently retired from the board of Vertu Motors PLC and was previously the non-executive chair of Biffa plc and RPS Group plc and a non-executive director at software company Blue Prism plc.

Octavia Morley, senior independent director, who led the succession process commented: “Following a thorough independent selection process, I am really pleased to announce that Ken will be joining Marston’s as non-executive chair. Ken brings a strong and valuable external perspective to the board and his broad range of business skills and experience will support Justin and the team as the business continues the next phase of its development.”

Lever added: “I am delighted to be joining Marston’s at this juncture and enthused by the opportunity ahead. Marston’s is a quality business with strong market presence, and I am looking forward to working with the board, Justin and the wider team to deliver sustainable growth that will drive value for our shareholders.”

Lever joins the company with effect from 8 July 2024.