Board of Directors

Ian Filby
Non-Executive Chairman

Ian Filby joined Joules in 2018 following almost eight years as Chief Executive Officer at DFS Plc. He is also currently a member of the British Retail Consortium Board and Chairman of the British Retail Consortium Policy Board, Trustee of Pennies charity and Director of IFF Life and Business Solutions Ltd.

Ian has more than 35 years’ retail experience, primarily at Alliance Boots, where his most recent roles were Retail Brand Development Director and Trading Director. He has also held the roles of Interim Chief Executive Officer of Nectar and Non-Executive Chairman of Shoe Zone plc.

Tom Joule
Founder & Chief Brand Officer

Tom founded Joules in 1989 selling practical, high quality garments at shows and events around the U.K. Tom's entrepreneurial spirit, and flair in giving products personality to match those of Joules customers' colorful and uplifting outlook, has been central to the brands' continued success and expansion. Now a global lifestyle brand, in his current role, Tom is focused on connecting with the Joules customer and category product direction. Between 2010 and 2016 Tom has featured four times in Drapers 100 Most Influential people in Fashion Retail. In 2015 he was a finalist in the Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year category at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. 

Colin Porter
Chief Executive Officer

Colin joined Joules in 2010 from Crombie, where he was Joint Managing Director.  Prior to this Colin spent over 10 years at House of Fraser, becoming Commercial Director on the main board.  Colin has also held a number of senior positions within the retail sector including at Etam, Laura Ashley and Arcadia.

Marc Dench
Chief Financial Officer

Marc joined Joules in 2015 from Walgreens Boots Alliance, where he was Chief Financial Officer of its International Retail & Global Consumer Brands division.  Marc has previously held a number of senior financial and corporate development positions at Alliance Boots, Homeserve, Experian and Freeserve plc.  Whilst at Freeserve, he was involved in the successful IPO process and the subsequent merger with Wanadoo.  Marc is a chartered accountant and has an MBA from Sauder Business School.

David Stead
Senior Non-Executive Director

David joined the Board in April 2016.  David is currently on the board of Card Factory plc as an Independent Non-Executive Director. He holds the same role on the board of Majestic Wine Plc, where he is also a member of the company’s Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees. David is also a member of the Council at the University of Birmingham. He has over 15 years’ experience as a director of companies in the UK retail sector.  David was the CFO of Dunelm Group plc for 12 years from 2003 to 2015.  Prior to this, David served as Finance Director for Boots The Chemists and Boots Healthcare International between 1991 and 2003.  David is a chartered accountant, having spent the early part of his career with KPMG.


Jill Little
Independent Non-Executive Director
 Jill joined the Board in April 2016. Jill is currently Senior Non-Executive Director of Shaftesbury plc and previously chaired their remuneration committee. Jill has spent the majority of her career in the retail industry, firstly at Simpsons of Piccadilly and then at the John Lewis Partnership (1975 to 2012).  Jill became Merchandise Director on the board of John Lewis, moving roles to become the Strategy and International Director where she was responsible for developing the long-term strategy and international expansion of John Lewis.  Thereafter Jill became Business Development Director of the John Lewis Partnership.  Jill is also Chairman of National Trust Enterprises Ltd, National Trust Renewable Energy Ltd and their advisory Commercial Group.