Meet our leadership team
Introducing the individuals that shape the culture of our team and steer the business’ strategy.
Nick Hamblin
Chief Operating Officer

Bringing a wealth of knowledge from his previous role as Retail Director within Cotton Traders, Nick has overall responsibility for the business as Chief Operating Officer and has led the company for nearly ten years.

Leading the company from the top, Nick ensures that our values are brought to life through what we do and drives our success through our strategy. Nick is accountable for Cotton Traders’ overall performance, ensuring that we deliver the best as a business.

As Nick says, the best thing about Cotton Traders is the people – it’s fantastic to lead and be a part of such a wonderful team who live our values through their work and beyond. It’s an exciting time to join the company.
Mark Howlings
Chief Finance Officer

Mark is the person behind Cotton Traders’ figures and finances. Having worked at Cotton Traders within the accounts team for over 20 years and becoming a board member in 2004, Mark brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and financial expertise to the table as our Chief Finance Officer. In addition to the finance team, Mark’s responsibilities have grown in strength to include the addition of IT and heath & safety.

Over the past 20 years, Mark has seen the Cotton Traders team grow from around 80 employees to 1000 employees; more importantly, Mark has seen those from both his immediate team and the wider Cotton Traders team develop their skills and capability, boosting our performance and driving our success.
Shona Jameson
Chief Marketing Officer

With more than 20 years’ experience, Shona leads the way in all aspects of marketing from strategic development, performance marketing, data and analytics, customer segmentation, digital marketing and optimisation UX.

Shona joined the board of directors in 2014 following her success in her previous role within Cotton Traders as Head of Marketing & Ecommerce to amplify performance through direct and omnichannel marketing.

Shona is energetic with a natural drive to innovate, deliver and enthuse. Her determination doesn’t stop at the end of the working day either, when she more often than not sets off on another adventure, whether it’s to the Australian outback, the Philippines or the Namibian desert.
Sue Cadle-Clark
Director of Brand & Creative

Sue loves to create and is responsible for everything brand and design related, whether that’s our digital channels, our mailings, our stores or corporate communications.

Sue enables our company vision and personality to be brought to life visually and tonally, ever evolving our creative proposition, in order to grow and strengthen our brand positioning in line with customer expectations.

Sue’s role sees her travelling far and wide for photoshoots to ensure all our product ranges are photographed to bring brand persona across all visual channels and touch points. After over 15 years at Cotton Traders, she has a few stories to tell!
Paul Hawkins
Executive Director of Buying

Paul never takes his eye off the ball; as Our Executive Director of Buying with a team of over 30 buyers and technologists responsible for the design, selection and manufacture of all our products, Paul travels the across the globe, working and negotiating with suppliers to produce the best products at the best possible price.

Paul ensures that the product vision is communicated effectively and brought to life so that our products meet our promise to our customers: clothing with incredible quality, style and value that is made to be lived in and loved for a long time.
Caroline Allerton
Supply Chain & Logistics Director

Caroline has seen Cotton Traders grow from strength to strength and has been an integral part of its success implementing and developing the supply chain we have come to know, including our enhanced delivery options. For those who would like to know more, just ask!

Caroline ensures that all of our stores and warehouses have just the right level of stock. This is a skill and a fine balance to strike but, through successful management, our customers’ orders are delivered on or ahead of time; another critical element of our exceptional customer service.