Dennis is currently Chairman of The Watches of Switzerland Group plc, which incorporates the Watches of Switzerland, Mappin & Webb and Goldsmiths chains in the UK as well as the Mayors and Watches of Switzerland chains in the USA. He is also currently Deputy Chairman of Pets at Home plc.
In 2005, after holding Finance Director roles at Cookson Group plc and Medeva plc in the UK and with the Plate Glass Group in South Africa and with its global business Belron International, Dennis embarked upon a portfolio career joining, as a Non-Executive director, the boards of Xchanging plc, Exel plc, Arc International and as chairman of Smiths News (Connect Group) plc. His portfolio then took on a retail bias, when he joined the boards of Debenhams plc, ultimately as SID, Halfords plc as Chairman and subsequently Pets at Home and The Watches of Switzerland Group. Although a relative “newcomer” to retail, he considers himself fortunate to have moved into the retail space at the nascent years of the online shopping era.
Dennis is married to Paula, has three (very) grown up children and four grandchildren and his passion is surfing, seeking out waves throughout the world. He and his family set up a charity in 2002 to support an AIDS Hospice and Creche in a rural area in South Africa primarily to support children orphaned or affected by the AIDS pandemic.