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Keith Hamill OBE

Non-executive Chairman

Appointed to the Board: Joined the Board in October 2017 and appointed Chairman in November 2017.

Skills and experience: Keith is currently a non‐executive director of Samsonite International S.A. and Chairman of Horsforth Holdings Ltd, a privately held investment holding company for a number of leisure businesses. Keith is a highly experienced Chairman and non-executive director and his previous appointments include Chairman of Travelodge, Tullet Prebon plc, Moss Bros Group plc, Collins Stewart plc and Heath Lambert and non-executive director of easyJet plc. Earlier in his career Keith was a partner at PwC and was Group Finance Director of Forte plc and WHSmith Group plc.

Committee membership: Keith is Chairman of the Nomination Committee and attends the Audit and Remuneration Committees by invitation.

Alastair Murray

Acting CEO, Chief Financial Officer

Appointed to the Board: Appointed as Chief Financial Officer in September 2013 and additionally appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer in February 2019, on a temporary basis, whilst the Board undertakes a search process to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer.

Skills and experience: Prior to joining Premier Foods, Alastair spent ten years at Dairy Crest Group plc as Group Finance Director, where he helped lead a significant restructuring to simplify the business, creatively addressing its pension deficit and reinforcing its position as an industry leader. Previously he was the Group Finance Director at The Body Shop International plc. Earlier in his career Alastair was a Divisional Finance Director at Dalgety plc and spent 13 years in various finance and operations roles at Unilever plc. He graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Engineering and also holds an MBA from Cranfield Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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 leading 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 during which time she helped transform the marketing performance of the company, including the development and implementation of the first Group-wide commercial strategy. Prior to that Pam 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 p.l.c and Cranswick plc.

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

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 of 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 where he was responsible for the launch of the ‘Essential Waitrose’ concept. Prior to that Richard spent 10 years at Asda holding a number of senior roles culminating in his appointment as Marketing & Own Brand Director where he was one of the key architects of Asda’s successful Every Day Low Prices strategy. Earlier in his career, Richard worked in brand management and new product development at Spillers Foods.

Committee membership: Richard is a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Shinji Honda

Non-executive director

Appointed to the Board: March 2018.

Skills and experience: Shinji is Chief Strategy Officer of Nissin Foods Holdings Company Ltd (“Nissin”), with responsibility for 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 Corporate Strategy Officer in October 2014, having previously spent a significant amount of time overseeing Takeda’s international operations where his responsibilities included 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. Simon 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.

Daniel Wosner

Non-executive Director

Appointed to the Board: February 2019

Skills and experience: Daniel is Managing Director & Head of Europe at Oasis Management Company Ltd., having 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. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Daniel 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 the Managing Partner of Paulson Europe LLP, having joined the company in 2011 where he was made Head of European Investments in 2015. He is the Portfolio Manager of the Paulson European Opportunities Fund. 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 Bogazici University, Turkey.

Company Secretary

Simon Rose

General Counsel, Company Secretary

Simon joined the Company in August 2018 as General Counsel & Company Secretary. Prior to this he was 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. Simon is responsible for legal, intellectual property and corporate governance and sits on the plc Board in his capacity as Company Secretary.