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Directors and Officers

Stewart Gilliland 

Stewart Gilliland (Age: 59)

Non-Executive Chairman and Chairman of Nomination Committee

Stewart is currently Senior Independent Director of Mitchells & Butlers plc and a Non-Executive Director of C&C Group Plc and Curious Drinks Ltd.  He is also a director of Natures Way Foods Limited.  Stewart was formerly Chief Executive of Muller Dairies UK and Ireland and has held senior roles with leading consumer facing companies, including Whitbread and Interbrew. 



Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson (Age: 50)

Chief Executive

Charles started his career in 1986 with Procter and Gamble following which he was a consultant with OC&C Strategy Consultants and a Director of Abberton Associates. In 1998 he became an Executive Director of Booker plc which merged with Iceland plc in 2000. In 2001 he became an Executive Director of Arcadia Group plc and in 2004 he became an Executive Director of Marks and Spencer Plc. In 2005 he was appointed as Chief Executive of Booker.



Jonathan Prentis

Jonathan Prentis (Age: 54)

Group Finance Director

Jonathan qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte. He was appointed as Group Finance Director of Booker in 2005. Prior to this appointment, Jonathan was Finance Director of Woodward Foodservice Ltd and then Finance Director of Group Logistics within The Big Food Group plc. Prior to 2003, he was with TDG plc.



Guy Farrant

Guy Farrant (Age: 54)

Chief Operating Officer

Guy is the Group's Chief Operating Officer. Guy has a wealth of food experience having worked in the food industry for 30 years rising to be Director of Food and, latterly, Operations and Retail Director at Marks and Spencer plc.



Helena Andreas

Helena Andreas (Age: 41)

Non-Executive Director

Helena was appointed as Head of Group Marketing and Communications for Nordea Bank in 2014.  Formerly she was Group Head of Retail & Distribution at Vodafone Group. Prior to joining Vodafone Helena held senior positions in marketing and operations at Tesco Group plc and previously was a business consultant at Accenture. Helena holds an MBA from INSEAD. 


Andrew Cripps

Andrew Cripps (Age: 58)

Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Audit Committee

Andrew is currently Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of Swedish Match AB. He is also Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Boparan Holdings Limited and of Stock Spirits Group Plc, and a Non-Executive Director of Howden Joinery Group plc.  Andrew spent twenty years with Rothmans International and British American Tobacco Plc.  He read Economics at the University of Cambridge prior to qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. 


Gary Hughes

Gary Hughes (Age: 54)

Non-Executive Director

Gary is a senior member of the Operational Excellence team at Apax Partners, the global private equity firm, where he also sits on the boards of two portfolio companies, Smart Technologies Inc and General Healthcare Group Limited. In addition to this, Gary is a Non-Executive director of Premier Farnell plc, Majid Al Futtaim Retail LLP, SECC Limited and the Scottish Football Association. Gary's previous roles include Chief Financial Officer of Gala Coral Group, Chief Executive Officer of the largest operating division of United Business Media plc and Group Finance Director of Emap plc. Gary was formerly Chairman of the Audit Committee at J Sainsbury plc. Gary qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Whinney, now Ernst & Young.


Karen Jones CBE

Karen Jones CBE (Age: 59)

Non-Executive Director, Senior Independent Director and Chairman of Remuneration Committee

Karen is a founder and Chairman of Food and Fuel Ltd, a hospitality company. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Cofra AG, Corbin and King Ltd, Firmenich International and Chairman of Hawksmoor Ltd.  She is also on the Board of RNTE (Royal National Theatre Enterprises Board).  Karen was formerly CEO of Spirit Group Ltd, a private equity-backed 2,000 strong pub & restaurant group. Prior to Spirit, Karen founded, grew and floated The Pelican Group plc, owner of a number of restaurant chains including CafĂ© Rouge. Karen was awarded a CBE in 2006 for services to hospitality and an honorary doctorate from the University of East Anglia in July 2013.  


Mark Chilton

Mark Chilton (Age: 53)

Company Secretary

Mark acts as Company Secretary and General Counsel to the Group and was appointed to his present role in June 2007. Mark qualified as a solicitor in 1987. Mark was appointed as Company Secretary of  Booker in 2006. Previously, he was Head of Legal at The Big Food Group plc. Prior to that, he was at The Greenalls Group Plc.

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