Meet the Board – The Who’s Who at Dune London HQ

 

Daniel Rubin
Founder and Executive Chairman

Daniel Rubin qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He 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 most recently won The Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Drapers Footwear & Accessories Awards.

 

James Cox
Chief Executive Officer

James was appointed CEO in 2017 having joined The Dune Group in 2010 from Thomas Pink where he was Group CFO for six years. He has extensive retail experience within international markets, as well as leading teams within entrepreneurial, high growth settings. James started his career with Coopers & Lybrand in London and New York, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He holds an MBA from Imperial College.

 

Debra Bloom
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.





 

Rob Silsbury
Marketing and Ecommerce Director

With over 20 years’ experience in Marketing and Ecommerce across multiple sectors, Rob leads our focus on strengthening our brands, acquiring and retaining customers and digital excellence across all channels.  Prior to joining The Dune Group, Rob spent 6 years in the luxury sector with Tiffany & Co. and most recently Ralph Lauren, where we was responsible for all aspects of the EMEA Digital and Ecommerce business and taking a lead role in the global digital transformation process. Rob joined the board in April 2017.
 

Alice Arnold
Finance Director

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.
 
 
 

Justin Burzynski
Men's and Supply Director

Justin started his career with the British Shoe Corporation in 1988, at its peak supplying 25% of the UK footwear market. Justin then became a Buying Manager across Men's and Ladies product with the Shoe Studio Group, finally becoming a Director. He joined the Dune Group in the takeover in 2009. He has extensive experience in Merchandising, Logistics and Quality Control.


 

Nilesh Karia
Merchandising 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, and has been with The Dune Group for 10 years and appointed as director in 2012.

 

Zoe Owen
Retail Sales Director

Zoe 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 Zoe was appointed to the board as Retail Sales Director for Dune London.




 

Cécile Delforge
I.T 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.
 



 

James Radford
International Franchise and Wholesale Director

James joined The Dune Group in 2017 to lead the expansion of the group’s international growth strategy. James joins from FitFlop, where he was General Manager for EMEA and brings with him over 20 years’ experience in the footwear sector, across five continents and 40 markets.




 

John Egan
Non-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.