Hugh Clark: IFB Chairman
Hugh worked on the Clarks Board from 2005 to 2016 as a Family Non-Executive Director. As a Board member Hugh served on various Committees.
Alongside the traditional role of the NED, he looked to articulate, as one of two family Directors on the Board, the family Vision, Values and perspective on long-term stewardship to the Board and to the business.
Hugh began his career at K Shoes (part of C & J Clark Ltd) as a graduate trainee. His first job was running a small stitching factory in Shap, Cumbria making uppers for women’s shoes. He spent eleven years at Clarks, mostly in manufacturing, sourcing and in men’s range management.
In 1996 Hugh joined Rohan, an outdoor clothing company, with responsibility for their sourcing operations. He stayed with Rohan after it was sold by Clarks and was there for twelve years. He became Managing Director and brought in new private equity owners.
In 2008 after a brush with cancer he decided he wanted to do something different and left Rohan and spent a period at a small nautically inspired clothing business called Quba as an investor and NED.