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John Coleman

John Coleman
Chairman

Chairman of the Nomination and member of the Remuneration sub-committee.

Appointed: July 2016

John brings considerable experience holding office as a Non Executive Director in various companies across multiple market sectors, including retail and construction. He was Senior Independent Director whilst at Travis Perkins between 2005 and 2014 and has previously held the role Chairman of Aga Rangemaster Group plc, McColl's Retail Group plc, Holidaybreak plc and Russian Consumer electronics retailer PJSC Mvideo.

John has also had significant executive experience in the retail sector, having been CEO of House of Fraser and CEO of Texas Homecare, a part of Ladbrokes plc. Prior to this he was a member of the senior management team at the Burton Group, holding managing director roles for a number of its fashion chains.

Other roles: Chairman of Bonmarché Holdings plc and private company Barchester Healthcare Ltd.

Chris Smith

Chris Smith
Interim Chief Executive Officer

Appointed: January 2015

Skills and experience: Chris is a chartered accountant and has more than 25 years' experience working in manufacturing businesses in highly competitive industries across the UK, Europe and the Far East.

From 2008 to 2014, Chris was Group Finance Director at API Group plc, the AIM‑listed specialty metallic film, foil and laminates producer. Other previous roles have included Scapa plc, where he was Finance and IT Director for Europe & Asia and also a number of senior finance roles at Courtaulds plc, where he gained extensive international experience, including overseas positions based in Germany and Hong Kong.

Steve Hannam

Steve Hannam
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination sub-committees.

Appointed: February 2013

Skills and experience: Steve brings extensive experience of independent Board level scrutiny, having held a number of positions as Chairman and Non‑Executive Director in listed companies during his career, as well as senior executive positions both internationally and in the UK. Steve brings diversity of style, skill and experience and makes him ideally suited for the role of Senior Independent Director, ensuring a challenging mindset when setting and monitoring implementation of the Group's strategy.

Steve's previous positions have included Chairman of Aviagen International Inc, Non‑Executive Director of Clariant AG and AZ Electronic Materials Services Limited, Group Chief Executive of BTP Chemicals plc and, most recently, Chairman of Devro plc and Senior Independent Director of Low & Bonar plc.

Neil Harrington

Neil Harrington
Independent Non-Executive Director

Chairman of the Audit and member of the Nomination and Remuneration sub-committees.

Appointed: January 2012

Neil, a chartered accountant, brings a strong financial background having operated as an executive Group Finance Director in a range of global consumer facing business under both PLC and Private Equity ownership. In particular he has experience in leading complex corporate finance transactions including acquisitions, disposals and corporate restructures and he has extensive experience of operating internationally. His is wealth of knowledge in debt structuring, financing, investment and banking facilities is also invaluable.

Neil has held senior finance roles in a number of global listed companies, including ASDA/Walmart Stores Inc., Barclays Bank plc, French Connection Group plc and in his previous executive role was Group Finance Director at Mothercare PLC. Neil's financial background and expertise leave him eminently suitable to hold the role of Audit Committee Chair. 

Other roles: Chief Financial Officer of Cath Group Kidston Limited since 2012

Igor Kuzniar

Igor Kuzniar
Non-Executive Director

Member of the Nomination Committee

Chairman of the Nomination and member of the Remuneration sub-committees
Appointed: July 2007
Skills and experience: Group Chief Executive of Taylor Woodrow plc from 2002 to 2006. Chief Executive of Bass Leisure and then Chief Executive of Bass Brewers and Bass International Brewers. Following the sale of the Bass beer business in 2000, Vice President UK and Ireland for Interbrew SA until August 2001.
External appointments: Chairman of Imperial Tobacco Group plc and John Menzies plc, and a non-executive director of William Grant & Sons Holdings Limited and Molson Coors Brewing Company (a US quoted company).

Appointed: June 2019

Skills and experience: Igor brings a strong background in finance, operational efficiency and strategy. He has 12 years’ experience as an investor in mid-sized European companies. He also has experience as a management consultant advising multinational corporations across various industries.

In 2013, Igor co-founded Teleios Capital Partners. Teleios is an investment firm that acquires ownership positions in European public companies, seeking to help them maximise their long-term potential by working constructively with management and other shareholders. Prior to Teleios, he was a Partner at the investment firm Octavian Advisors and a management consultant for McKinsey & Company.

Other roles: Managing Partner, Teleios Capital Partners GmbH

Jeffrey Nodland

Jeffrey Nodland
Independent Non-Executive Director

Member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination sub-committees.

Appointed: June 2019

Skills and experience: Jeffrey has 11 years’ experience in consumer chemicals manufacturing, including both private label and contract manufacturing activities.

He was most recently President and CEO of KIK Custom Products retiring in February 2019 after 11 years in the role. KIK is one of North America’s largest independent manufacturers of consumer packaged goods including personal care, branded and private label household care, automotive chemicals and pool and spa chemicals. KIK also had important activities in the EU in their automotive and pool and spa care business units. During this time he led the financial turnaround and growth of the business both organically and via acquisition.

Previously, Jeffrey held executive positions at specialty chemical businesses including Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc., McWhorter Technologies and The Valspar Corporation; with responsibility for activities at a number of chemical plants in Europe, including the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Italy and Germany.

Other roles: Jeffrey is currently an independent non-executive director of EcoSynthetix and chair of its Compensation Committee. He is also a member of the board of Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA.

Sandra Turner

Sandra Turner
Independent Non-Executive Director

Chair of the Remuneration and member of the Audit and Nomination sub-committees

Appointed: August 2011

Skills and experience: Sandra brings extensive consumer business insight and experience, from both a retailer and supplier perspective. She was a member of the senior management team of Tesco, one of the Group's major customers, for over 20 years, holding executive, commercial and operational roles in the UK and Ireland, latterly as Commercial Director of Tesco Ireland between 2003 and 2009.

Since that time Sandra has been appointed a Non‑Executive Director to a number of listed companies supplying into the FMCG sector, including previously Northern Foods plc. Also, as Remuneration Committee Chair of three listed companies, Sandra brings a broad knowledge, understanding and awareness of this continuously changing field and the importance of linking the Company's strategy and performance to executive remuneration.

Other roles: Non‑Executive Director of Huhtamäki Oyj, Non‑Executive Director and Chair of Remuneration Committee of Carpetright plc, Non‑Executive Director of Greene King plc, Senior Independent Director and Remuneration Committee Chair of Greggs plc. Also, the Vice‑Chair of a large independent school.

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