Our Board

Meet the members of the AG Barr Board.

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Mark Allen OBE
Chairman
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Roger White
Chief Executive
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Stuart Lorimer
Finance Director
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Jonathan Kemp
Commercial Director
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Susan Barratt
Senior Non-Executive Director
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Louise Smalley
Non-Executive Director
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Nick Wharton
Non-Executive Director
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David Ritchie
Non-Executive Director
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Zoe Howorth
Non-Executive Director
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Julie Barr
Non-Executive Director
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Mark Allen OBE
Chairman

Following his early career in the police force Mark completed a law degree and subsequently held a variety of corporate roles.  He worked initially with Shell and and latterly with Dairy Crest where he was CEO from 2007 to 2019.  

Mark has held non-executive roles at Howdens, Dairy UK, Warburtons and Norcros plc, where he was Chair from July 2020 until April 2021.

Mark has a deep understanding of consumer goods as well as significant public company experience.

Mark was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in July 2021 and was appointed Chair in March 2022.

Nomination Committee (Chair).

 

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Roger White
Chief Executive

Roger began his career with food group Rank Hovis McDougall where he held numerous senior positions.

A past President of the British Soft Drinks Association Roger currently sits on both the Board of Management and the Executive Council.   

Roger holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh and was Scottish plc Chief Executive of the year in 2010.

Roger has a wealth of consumer goods experience and proven corporate leadership skills.

Roger has been Chief Executive since 2004 having joined AG Barr as Managing Director in 2002.

  • Non-Executive Director of Troy Income & Growth Trust
  • Non-Executive Director of William Jackson Food Group Limited
  • Director of Elegantly Spirited Limited

Environmental, Social & Governance Committee. 

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Stuart Lorimer
Finance Director

Prior to joining AG Barr Stuart spent 22 years with Diageo in a range of roles and countries, most latterly as the Finance Director for Diageo's Global Supply Operation.

A qualified Chartered Accountant, Stuart has significant FMCG experience in both the alcoholic and soft drinks sectors as well as a strong background in governance and performance management.

Stuart joined AG Barr in January 2015 as Finance Director

  • Non-Executive Director of Carr's Group plc.

 

 

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Jonathan Kemp
Commercial Director

Jonathan’s early career was spent with Proctor and Gamble where he enjoyed a successful career in various commercial roles.

An economics graduate, Jonathan has specialist FMCG skills and experience in customer business development, consumer brand building and commercial proposition optimisation.

Jonathan has been Commercial Director since 2003.

 

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Susan Barratt
Senior Non-Executive Director

Susan spent the early part of her career in senior finance roles at Geest plc, Whitbread plc and Laurel Pub Company.

Subsequently Susan was CEO at Eldridge Pope plc, Natures Way Foods Limited and the IGD and was also Non-Executive Chair of Higgidy Limited.

Susan is a Chartered Accountant with considerable operational and commercial experience within the FMCG industry.

Susan was appointed a Non-Executive Director in January 2018 and became Senior Non-Executive Director in May 2020.

  •  Non-Executive Director of Edward Billington and Son Limited

Audit and Risk Committee, Nomination Committee, Remuneration Committee, Environmental, Social and Governance Committee.

 

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Louise Smalley
Non-Executive Director

Louise was Group Human Resources Director of Whitbread plc  for 14 years and was an Executive Director of Whitbread plc for 9 years during a period of significant growth for the Costa Coffee and Premier Inn businesses. She previously held HR roles at Pizza Hut, BP and Esso Petroleum.

Louise has extensive experience of branded consumer proposition and a deep understanding of talent management and remuneration within large UK and international companies.

Louise was appointed Non-Executive Director  in May 2023.

  • Non-Executive Director at DS Smith plc
  • Non-Executive Director of Informa plc

Audit and Risk Committee, Nomination Committee, Remuneration Committee

 

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Nick Wharton
Non-Executive Director

Nick has held a number of senior executive roles across retail and FMCG businesses during his career.  He was formerly Chief Financial Officer of Pepco NV, Superdry plc and Halfords Group plc and was also Chief Executive Officer at Dunelm plc.

A qualified Chartered Accountant with extensive finance and retail experience, both in the UK and internationally Nick also has substantial plc and governance knowledge gained from a variety of executive and non-executive roles including in business such as Mothercare plc..

Nick was appointed Non-Executive Director in November 2018.

  •  Non-Executive Director of Oriflame Investment Holding plc
  •  Non-Executive Director of Mears Group p.l.c. 

COmmittee membership

Audit and Risk Committee (Chair), Nomination Committee.

 

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David Ritchie
Non-Executive Director

David began his career with KPMG before joining Bovis Homes Group plc in 1998 where he became Chief Executive in 2008.  

A qualified Chartered Accountant, David has significant operational experience, governance knowledge and strong financial oversight gained over 30 years as a financial professional and 15 years leading a listed FTSE250 company

David was appointed a Non-Executive Director in April 2015

  • CEO of WElink Homes UK
  • Chair of Aspire LPP Limited

Audit and Risk Committee, Nomination Committee, Remuneration Committee (Chair).

 

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Zoe Howorth
Non-Executive Director

Zoe has had a successful career spanning a range of roles at Procter and Gamble, United Biscuits and The Coca-Cola Company where she spent 16 years, culminating in her role as UK Marketing Director.

Zoe has also held a number of non-executive director roles with private companies.

An economics graduate, Zoe has  extensive FMCG experience, specifically across the food and beverage sector, as well as consumer brand marketing capability and direct to consumer digital understanding.

Zoe was appointed Non-Executive Director in July 2021.

  • Non-Executive Director of Water Babies International
  • Non-Executive Director of International Schools Partnership Limited
  • Non-Executive Director Paragon Banking Group plc

Remuneration Committee, Environmental, Social and Governance Committee (Chair).

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Julie Barr
Non-Executive Director

Julie's early career was spent in corporate law.

Heading up AG Barr’s risk and legal teams, Julie sits on the Executive Committee and is a Trustee of the Company’s pension scheme.

A qualified lawyer with an international M.B.A., Julie has extensive legal, governance and business knowledge.

Julie was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in May 2023 having joined AG Barr in 2004

  • Non-Executive Director of Scottish Ballet
  • Non-Executive Director of Gabriel Precision Oncology Limited

Environmental, Social and Governance Committee