Meet the Board
Daniel RubinFounder and CEO
Daniel Rubin founded the fashion footwear and accessory brand Dune London in 1992. With over three decades of experience in footwear; from shoe manufacturer to wholesaler and then retailer, he is a notable figurehead of the retail industry. Daniel won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Drapers Footwear and Accessories Awards. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Alice ArnoldChief Operating Officer
Alice joined the board in 2016 after 6 years with The Dune Group. She is a Cambridge University educated, big-four trained, accountant and is passionate about the financial aspects of company strategy. Alice continued her career in the retail sector; first in electricals at Dixons before entering the glamorous world of fashion footwear and accessories at Dune London.
Zoë BrookesRetail Sales Director
Zoë worked for various retailers before she joined The Dune Group in 1999. Throughout the decades she's had various field roles and in 2011 became Head of Retail. Only a year later Zoë was appointed to the board as Retail Sales Director for Dune London.
Debra BloomGlobal Ladies Buying Director
Debra possesses a detailed knowledge of the Dune London product, sector and market. She plans and selects the range, type and quantity of ladies shoes and accessories according to customer demand. Debra has previously worked at the Arcadia Group and Select Retail.
Cécile DelforgeIT Director
Cécile has over 15 years IT experience and joined The Dune Group as Head of Technology in 2015 before being appointed to the board as IT Director in 2017. Prior to joining The Dune Group, Cécile spent six years with Tesco, where she delivered key strategic projects for the UK and international business.
Nilesh KariaGlobal Trading Director
Nilesh has 20 years’ experience in merchandising. He started his career at Top Shop and went on to work for Debenhams, Faith Footwear, River Island and then Dune London. Nilesh played an integral role in the growth of Faith footwear in early 2000's leading to its very successful buyout. He has been with The Dune Group for more than 10 years and was appointed as director in 2012.
Annette Middlebrook (FCIPD)People Director
Annette joined The Dune Group in 2019. She has over 15 years HR experience having previously held positions at Everest Home Improvement, Sally Salon and Clintons Cards.
James CoxNon-Executive Director
James joined The Dune Group in 2010 where he was COO, then CEO until he stepped down in 2020 remaining as an non-executive director. He has extensive retail experience within international markets, as well as leading teams within entrepreneurial, high growth settings. James is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He holds an MBA from Imperial College.
John EganNon-Executive Director
John joined The Dune Group in 2008 - with the acquisition of the Shoe Studio Group where he was COO for eight years - and was CEO until 2017 when he stepped down to become a Non-Executive Director. John began his career at Bally, where he worked for 15 years, and therefore brought invaluable footwear expertise and leadership qualities to The Dune Group during his time as CEO.
Matt McEvoyNon-Executive Director
Matt joined the board of The Dune Group as a Non-Executive Director in 2019. He is a senior luxury goods executive and adviser with over 25 years’ experience working with global consumer brands. He was formally Burberry’s Chief of Strategy and Business Development and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also sits on the board of directors of Vera Bradley.