Board of Directors

The Board is responsible for leading the business in the way which it believes is most likely to lead to long-term sustainable success.

Angus Porter

Non-Executive Chairman

Angus was appointed Non-Executive Chairman on 27 April 2017, having formerly served as an Independent Non-Executive Director since 1 April 2016.

Key strengths: Angus has extensive knowledge and experience in strategy, innovation, and brand development as well as significant leadership skills.

Experience: Angus has held numerous executive and non-executive roles across a range of industry sectors, including senior marketing and general management roles at Mars, BT, Abbey National and WPP. Recently, he was Chief Executive of the Professional Cricketers' Association from 2010-2016, and Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Punch Taverns Plc. from 2012-2017.

Other directorships: Angus is Co-Chairman of Direct Wines Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of TDC A/S.

Member of the Remuneration Committee.
Member of the Nomination Committee.

Jonathan Miller

Chief Executive

Having joined the Group Board in 2004, Jonathan was appointed Chief Executive of McColl’s in 2016. He has worked in the Group since 1991 when he was recruited as Financial Director of cigarette vending operations, becoming Finance Director of retail operations in 1998. Prior to his current role he was the Group’s Chief Financial Officer with additional responsibility for store development, human resources and IT.

Key strengths: Jonathan’s ambitious vision for McColl’s is driving a transformational strategy for the business.

Experience: Through his long history with McColl’s, Jonathan has developed an in-depth understanding of both the business and the wider convenience retail market. He has had a major role in all of the key initiatives that have shaped the Group, including a secondary buyout in 2005, numerous corporate acquisitions and the IPO in 2014. As Chief Executive he led the transformational acquisition of 298 stores in 2016 and the negotiation in 2017 of the Group’s ground-breaking new wholesale arrangements.

Member of the Nomination Committee

Simon Fuller

Chief Financial Officer

Simon was appointed as the Group’s Chief Financial Officer in 2016 and has responsibility for finance, investor relations, property and IT. He joined McColl’s in 2015 as Deputy Chief Financial Officer.

Key Strengths: With his deep understanding of financial management and the food retail industry, Simon plays a key role in delivery of the Group’s aspirations for change and growth.

Experience: Having previously worked in other public companies, Simon has applied his experience of operating within a listed environment to improve the Group’s financial and risk management processes and enhance investor relations and external communications. He put in place the 2016 corporate refinancing required for the 298 store acquisition and has played a significant part in a number of re-tendering initiatives, most notably the advantageous new wholesale arrangements.

Dave Thomas

Chief Operating Officer

Dave was appointed as the Group’s Chief Operating Officer in 2014 but his history with McColl’s dates back to 1998 when he joined the business as Regional Manager for convenience. He became Operations General Manager in 2000 and was made Operations Director in 2005.

Key strengths: His long career rooted in the UK supermarket and convenience sector means Dave has extensive operational knowledge, enabling him to orchestrate a process of continual improvement and modernisation of the McColl’s offering across our growing estate.

Experience: Dave’s retail career began with Iceland where he led a programme of new store openings as well as conversion of Bejam stores. Subsequently he joined Southern Co-operative as Operations Manager, developing a modern convenience format for the business. More recently within McColl’s, he successfully managed the 2017 conversion of the 298 acquired stores to the McColl’s format as well as taking a key role in the negotiations and implementation of new supply arrangements.

 

Georgina Harvey

Senior Independent Director

Georgina was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 7 February 2014 and is Chairman of the Company’s Remuneration Committee. On 24 May 2016 Georgina was appointed as the Company’s Senior Independent Director.

Key strengths: Georgina has significant experience across highly competitive consumer-facing markets and delivering successful transformational change.

Experience: Georgina started her media career at Express Newspapers plc where she was appointed Advertising Director in 1994. She joined IPC Media Limited in 1995 and went on to form IPC Advertising in 1998, where she was Managing Director. Between 2005 and 2012, Georgina was Managing Director, regionals division and a member of the Executive Committee of Trinity Mirror.

Other directorships: Georgina is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of William Hill PLC and Big Yellow Group PLC.

Member of the Audit & Risk Committee.
Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.
Member of the Nomination Committee.

Sharon Brown

Independent Non-Executive Director

Sharon was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 7 February 2014 and is Chairman of the Company’s Audit & Risk Committee. Sharon previously served as the Group’s Interim Chairman.

Key strengths: Sharon has deep knowledge of finance and audit-related matters, combined with over 25 years’ experience in the retail sector.

Experience: Sharon is a management accountant and has extensive financial experience, gained whilst Finance Director and Company Secretary of Dobbies Garden Centres Limited between 1998 and 2013. She also held a senior financial position within the retail division of John Menzies plc from 1991 to 1998. She is, and has been, Audit Committee Chairman for a number of companies.

Other directorships: Sharon is a Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chairman of Fidelity Special Values PLC, F&C Capital and Income Investment Trust plc, and Celtic plc and is a Non-Executive Director of a number of limited companies in the retail sector.

Member of the Audit & Risk Committee.
Member of the Remuneration Committee.
Member of the Nomination Committee.

Jens Hofma

Independent Non-Executive Director

Jens was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 July 2017.

Key strengths: Jens has particular expertise in consumer goods as well as the restaurant and food-to-go industry. He also possesses in-depth experience of growing multi-site businesses.

Experience: Jens is Chief Executive Officer of Pizza Hut Restaurants in the UK. He joined the Pizza Hut business in February 2009 and has since led a private equity funded buyout of its dine-in restaurants. Prior to his involvement with Pizza Hut, Jens spent five years with Yum! Brands, working in the UK and in Europe. He has also previously worked for Nestlé and McKinsey in various European countries.

Other directorships: Jens is Chief Executive Officer of Pizza Hut (UK) Limited.

Member of the Audit & Risk Committee.
Member of the Remuneration Committee.
Member of the Nomination Committee.