Board of Directors

As a family-owned business, our board is chaired by Mr D Rubins, founder of The QD Group. His son, Nick Rubins, is the CEO of the group. The father and son team and their fellow Board members continue to act in the best interests of our employees and customers alike, making sure that we deliver on our promises.

D Rubins – Group Chairman

Founder of  QD Stores in 1985, Known as simply ‘DR’ in the business, he has been Chairman of the Group of companies for over 60 years.


Nick Rubins – Group CEO

A Northumberland University graduate with a BA Hons in Business and a postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, known simply as ‘Nick’ in the business. Nick has been the CEO of the business for over the last 18 years.


Board Members

Nick Waterman – HR Director

“I’ve been with QD 37 years. Started off as a Retail Assistant then on to Trainee Personnel (as was called then) then Personnel Manager, Associate Director of HR and then onto my current role as HR Director.”


Karl Ottolangui – Group Operations Director

“My journey at QD has been incredible! Starting as a Trainee Manager in 2001, I succeeded in becoming a Store Manager by 2003. Since then, I’ve taken on roles including Store Operations Manager and Distribution Centre Manager.

From 2015 to 2020 I served as Associate Director for Operations, and now I’m proud to be the Operations Director for the QD Group.”


James Collins – Group Trading Director

“My QD journey started on the 3rd January 1997 as a Trainee Store Manager at our Peterborough branch. I visited many of our stores and worked with some amazing retail traders during my time as a Trainee and Assistant manager, helping with store refits and new store openings. After my training I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to be a store manager at our Clacton branch. I loved the fact that the business allowed you the flexibility to really trade your store and drive the sales supported by your area manager. The store environment really taught me from the bottom up the way retail works and how our customers shopped, it also gave me the experience to move into buying and trading which has become my passion. I love being part of the QD Group team because I get to work with great people internally as well as externally, we have a strong trading mentality which is driven by our CEO and we can all have an influence on decisions made by the business!”


Peter Fairley – Chief Financial Officer

“I’m a qualified Chartered Account with 20 years’ experience as a Finance Director. I have worked for plc’s and family owned business and have experience in retail, wholesale, distribution and import industries. I’ve been with QD Group as CFO since 2021”