Richard Oldfield OBE (65) - Chairman
Chairman of the Nomination Committee
Appointed to the Board in June 2016. He is Chairman of Oldfield Partners LLP, and former Chairman of Keystone Investment Trust plc. He was previously Chief Executive of Alta Advisers and a Director of Mercury Asset Management plc and is a Trustee of the Prince’s Trust.
Richard brings to the Board his wide ranging experience in governance as Chairman of a publicly listed company and Director of others in the finance and investment sectors.
Jonathan Neame DL (57) - Chief Executive
Joined the Company in 1991. Was Company Secretary until July 1994 and Tied Trade Director until 1999 when he was appointed Managing Director; he was appointed Chief Executive in 2003. He is a Barrister-at-law and was a Management Consultant with the COBA Group from 1987 to 1991. He was Chairman of the British Beer and Pub Association from 2012 to 2015 and a Non-Executive Director of the St Austell Brewery Company Ltd from 2002 until May 2018. He was appointed a Director of the Brewers of Europe in 2020. He has been a Trustee of the Leeds Castle Foundation since 2011. He is the Upper Warden of the Worshipful Company of Brewers and a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kent in 2016.
Jonathan brings to the Board his considerable knowledge and expertise of the industry, long experience at the Company in a variety of roles and wide-ranging connections within our heartland.
Mark Rider (45) - Chief Financial Officer
Appointed to the Board in February 2012. He joined the Company from J Sainsbury plc, where he held a number of senior finance roles. Prior to joining Sainsbury’s he qualified as a chartered accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Mark brings to the Board expert finance skills together with strong retail experience gained from his previous roles.
George Barnes (67) - Property & Services Director
Joined the Company in 1978. He is a Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer and was appointed to the Board in January 2001. Became Property and Services Director with effect from July 2014. He is also a Director of the Pub Governing Body.
Through his long tenure with the Company George brings to the Board great experience of all facets of the business together with expert professional knowledge of licensed property.
Nigel Bunting (54) - Retail & Tenanted Pub Operations Director
Joined the Company in 1993. He has held various senior management positions including Head of Retail and Tenanted Pub Operations. He was appointed to the Board as Retail Director in August 2005 and became Retail and Tenanted Pub Operations Director with effect from July 2014. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Davy and Co Ltd since 2008 and was a Director of Visit Kent from 2006 to 2015. Nigel will be appointed Commercial Director at the end of this financial year.
Nigel brings to the Board commercial knowledge of all aspects of pub and hotel management as well as experience in on and off trade sales.
Hilary Riva OBE (64) - Senior Independent Director
Chair of the Remuneration Committee
Appointed to the Board in April 2016. She was most recently a Non-Executive Director of ASOS Plc until April 2020 and previously a Non-Executive Director of Shaftesbury Plc, London and Partners Limited, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council, and a Managing Director of Rubicon Retail. She holds a directorship in The Alexander Centre CIC and most recently became a Board member and director of The Canterbury Festival.
Hilary brings to the Board her significant experience in retail marketing and brand management and also in governance as Director of listed companies.
Bill Brett (56) - Non-Executive Director
Chairman of the Audit Committee
Appointed to the Board in September 2013. He is Executive Chairman of Robert Brett & Sons Ltd.
Bill brings to the Board his considerable experience as a Director of a substantial private company with family ownership, land management, commercial, manufacturing and retail interests.
Kevin Georgel (51) - Non-Executive Director
Non-Executive Director from November 2020 He was appointed Chief Executive of St Austell Brewery in January 2020 having previously been the Chief Executive of Admiral Taverns. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive, he had been an independent Non-Executive Director at St Austell for the preceding four years. He has worked in the UK pub and brewing sector for over 20 years holding senior sales, marketing and operations roles at Molson Coors and Punch Taverns. He was previously Non-Executive Chairman of Dartmoor Brewery and is currently a Director of the British Beer & Pub Association.
Kevin brings to the board his expert knowledge of the industry as Chief Executive of a pub and brewing company of similar size and outlook.
Glenda Flanagan (56) - Company Secretary
Joined the Company in 2006 as Finance Manager and subsequently headed the finance department as Financial Controller. She has previously held senior finance roles in both the hospitality and technology industries. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants having qualified as a chartered accountant with BDO.
Glenda brings expert knowledge in finance, audit and governance matters and a long experience of the brewing and pubs industry.