CEO, Brighton Pier Group PLC
Anne Ackord has more than thirty years of experience in the retail and leisure industry. She became CEO of The Brighton Pier Group in June 2017 – after the 2016 acquisition of the pier by the AIM listed Eclectic Bars Group.
The group boasts a 400-strong team and welcomes more than four million visitors each year. Nevertheless, Anne says a business needs to stand for more than growth: “Without a purpose you have no direction and no plan. Purpose improves the whole experience of work and helps to drive the success of employees.”
She says good business acumen comes from within: “Trust your judgement and that your instincts are good. There is always a solution, sometimes you just have to look harder for it.” As for her greatest achievement? “Bringing up a family whilst building a career.”