Jonathan Neame DL (54) - 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 is a Non-Executive Director of the St Austell Brewery Company Ltd and a trustee of the Leeds Castle Foundation. He was Chairman of the British Beer and Pub Association until December 2015 and then became Chairman of Visit Kent from this date. In July 2016, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kent.
Mark Rider (42) - Finance & IT Director
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 he qualified as a chartered accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
George Barnes (64) - Property & Services Director
Joined the Company in 1978. He is a chartered surveyor 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 Institute of Licensing and a Director of the Pub Governing Body.
Nigel Bunting (51) - Retail & Tenanted Operations Director
Joined the Company in 1993. He has held various senior management positions including head of tenanted and retail pub operations. He was appointed to the Board as Retail Director in August 2005 and became Retail and Tenanted Operations Director with effect from July 2014. He is a Non-Executive Director of Davy and Co Ltd.
Hilary Riva OBE (61) - Non-Executive Director
Appointed to the Board in April 2016. She is a Non-Executive Director of ASOS Plc, Shaftesbury Plc and London and Partners Limited. She was previously a member of the Management Board of Arcadia, Managing Director of Rubicon Retail and Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council. She was awarded an OBE for services to the fashion industry in 2008.
Richard Oldfield OBE (62) - Non-Executive Director
Chairman of the Audit Committee
Appointed to the Board in June 2016. He is Executive Chairman of Oldfield Partners LLP, a director of Witan Investment Trust Plc and a trustee of the Royal Marsden cancer Charity and Clore Duffield Foundation. He was previously Chief Executive of Alta Advisers Limited, Chairman of the Oxford University Endowment Management Ltd and of Keystone Investment Trust Plc.
Bill Brett (53) - Non-Executive Director
Chairman of the Remuneration Committee
Appointed to the Board in September 2013. He is Executive Chairman of Robert Brett & Sons Ltd and was Chairman of the Mineral Products Association.
Robert Neame, CBE DL DCL (84) - President
Chairman of the Pension Trustees
Joined the Company in 1956 and was appointed to the Board in 1957. Was appointed Executive Chairman in 1971 and served in this role until October 2005. He retired from the Board in June 2006. He is the Company’s first President and retired as Chairman of the trustees of the Shepherd Neame Company Retirement Account in 2018. In July 2008 he received an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law at the University of Kent and in 2010 he was appointed an Honorary Alderman by Kent County Council in recognition of his service to the County Council and the people of Kent.
This is not a Board Position
Robin Duncan (62) - Company Secretary
Joined the Company in 1975 and was appointed as Company Secretary in December 2013, in addition to his role as Head of Human Resources. He has held management positions within the Company and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.