Dennis is Deputy Chair and Senior Independent Director of Pets at Home plc. Prior to this, he was Chair of the Watches of Switzerland Group and Halfords. His other NED assignments were as Chair of The Connect Group (formally Smiths News plc) and as Senior Independent Director of Superdry and Debenhams. Dennis’ retail experience covers retail parks to high street to luxury to multi-channel to supply chain management. Dennis was also Senior Independent Director of Xchanging plc and Audit Chair of Exel plc prior to both companies being acquired. Dennis qualified in South Africa as a Chartered Accountant with an MBA and moved to the UK in 1986 where he took up roles as Finance Director of listed, multi-national industrial companies. He is Chair of Trustees of The Holy Cross Childrens’ Trust a charity he and his family set up 20 years ago to support children in a rural part of South Africa who have been affected by the AIDS pandemic.