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Our Board of Directors

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Colin Day

Chairman

Appointed to the Board: Colin Day was appointed Non-Executive Chairman in August 2019.

Skills and experience: Colin retired as Chief Executive of Essentra plc in 2017, was previously Chief Financial Officer at Reckitt Benckiser plc for over 10 years and prior to that at Aegis Group plc. He has served as a non-executive director on the boards of major UK plcs including Amec Foster Wheeler, WPP, Cadbury, Imperial Brands and Easyjet.

Colin is currently a board member of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and chairs the Defra Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. He is a non-executive director and Audit Committee Chair at Meggitt plc and Euromoney Institutional Investor plc. He is also a member of the Board and Finance Committee of Cranfield University.

Colin is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.

Alex Whitehouse

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed to the board: Appointed as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board in August 2019.

Skills and experience: Alex joined the Company in July 2014 and was appointed Managing Director of the Grocery Strategic Business Unit in September 2014. He was promoted to UK Managing Director in April 2017. Alex has more than 20 years senior international, marketing, sales, strategy, innovation and general management experience gained across multiple geographies. He spent 18 years with Reckitt Benckiser plc where he held senior marketing and general management roles including Managing Director, New Zealand and most recently Worldwide Head of Shopper & Customer Marketing. Earlier in his career, he held a number of retail management positions with Whitbread plc.

Richard Hodgson

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: January 2015

Skills and experience: Richard is Chief Executive Officer of Yo!Sushi and has over 20 years' experience in the food industry. He was previously Chief Executive Officer at Pizza Express, a role he held for four years until May 2017. In 2010 he was appointed Commercial Director at Morrisons, a newly created role, combining Trading and Marketing. Richard joined Waitrose in 2006 as Commercial Director, and prior to that spent 10 years at Asda holding a number of senior roles culminating in his appointment as Marketing & Own Brand Director

Committee membership: Richard is Senior Independent Director and a member of the Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee.

Pam Powell

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: May 2013.

Skills and experience: Pam has more than 20 years marketing experience developing some of the world’s best known consumer brands. Most recently, she was the Group Strategy and Innovation Director for SAB Miller, one of the world’s leading brewers. Pam spent nine years at SAB Miller, in senior management roles, and prior to that held numerous marketing roles in the home and personal care sector during a 13 year career at Unilever plc, culminating in her role as global Vice-President of the Skin Care category. Pam is also a non-executive director at A.G. BARR plc and Cranswick plc.

Committee memberships: Pam is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and Nomination Committee.

Shinji Honda

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: March 2018.

Skills and experience: Shinji is Managing Executive Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd (“Nissin”), with responsibility for Nissin's long-term growth strategy and overseas operations, including Europe. Prior to joining Nissin in January 2018, Shinji spent his entire professional career at Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (“Takeda”), a leading Japanese pharmaceutical company. He was named Member of the Board of Takeda in June 2013 and Senior Managing Director and Corporate Strategy Officer in October 2014, having previously had responsibility for creating the company's long-term growth strategy and overseeing Takeda’s international operations, including the role of President and CEO of Takeda North America.

Simon Bentley

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: February 2019

Skills and experience: Simon is Executive Chairman of UK mobile cash operator Cash on the Move. He has over 30 years’ experience in finance and retail, having previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive of Blacks Leisure Group plc, Acting Chairman/Senior Independent Director of Sports Direct International plc, Chairman of Umberto Giannini, and Deputy Chairman of Mishcon de Reya. Earlier in his career, Simon spent 10 years with accountancy firm Landau Morley, latterly as a Senior Partner. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Committee membership: Simon is Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee.

Daniel Wosner

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: February 2019 (having previously served as a non-executive director from March 2017 to March 2018).

Skills and experience: Daniel is Managing Director & Head of Europe at Oasis Management Company Ltd. He joined Oasis in 2016, where he is also a member of the firm’s Strategies Group and Corporate Governance Group. As Head of Europe, Daniel oversees the firm’s UK and Continental European investments. Prior to joining Oasis, Daniel served as Head of the Asia Pacific Equity Syndicate team at Barclays in Hong Kong, and before that, he worked with Barclays and Lehman Brothers based in London. Daniel, a UK national, received a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Leeds University.

Orkun Kilic

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: February 2019

Skills and experience: Orkun is founder and Chief Investment Officer of Berry Street Capital Management LLP. He was, until May 2019, the Managing Partner of Paulson Europe LLP and Portfolio Manager of the Paulson European Opportunities Fund, having joined the company in 2011, becoming Head of European Investments in 2015. Prior to joining Paulson Europe, Orkun worked in Investment Banking with Morgan Stanley, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Orkun received his Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 2009. He graduated magna cum laude in business administration and economics from Koc University, Turkey. Orkun also received his Masters of Science in Financial Engineering from Boğaziçi University, Turkey.

Company Secretary

Simon Rose

General Counsel, Company Secretary

Appointed to the Board: Simon joined the Company in August 2018 as General Counsel & Company Secretary. He sits on the plc Board in his capacity as Company Secretary.

Skills and experience: Simon was previously Head of Corporate Legal Affairs and Group Property at Pladis, a global branded biscuits, confectionery and snacks business (incorporating United Biscuits, Ülker, Godiva and DeMet’s Candy Company) having originally joined United Biscuits in 2003. He is a qualified solicitor and spent 12 years in private practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and then as a Partner at Burges Salmon.

Key responsibilities: Simon is responsible for legal, intellectual property and corporate governance.