Our Board

Meet the members of the AG Barr Board.

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Mark Allen OBE
Chairman
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Roger A White
Chief Executive
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Stuart Lorimer
Finance Director
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Jonathan D Kemp
Commercial Director
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Susan Barratt
Senior Non-Executive Director
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W Robin G Barr
Non-Executive Director
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Nick Wharton
Non-Executive Director
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David J Ritchie
Non-Executive Director
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Zoe Howorth
Non-Executive Director
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Julie Barr
Company Secretary
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Mark Allen OBE
Chairman

Mark’s early career in the police force sparked an interest in law. After completing a law degree Mark held a variety of corporate roles, initially with Shell 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 brings a deep understanding of consumer goods, as well as significant public company experience

Joined the Company in 2021 as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman designate.

Non-Executive Chairman of Halo Foods Ltd.

Audit and Risk Committee, Nomination Committee.

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Roger A White
Chief Executive

Roger is a member of the Board of Management and Executive Council and is a past President of the British Soft Drinks Association. Previously held numerous senior positions in food group Rank Hovis McDougall. Scottish plc Chief Executive of the year in 2010. Honorary Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in 2014.

Roger brings a wealth of consumer goods experience and corporate leadership.

He joined the Company in 2002 as Managing Director. Appointed Chief Executive in 2004.

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

Director of MOMA Foods Limited.

Environmental, Social & Governance Committee. 

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Stuart Lorimer
Finance Director

Stuart was with Diageo for 22 years in a range of roles and countries, ultimately as the FD for Diageo's Global Supply Operation.

Stuart brings significant experience in FMCG in both alcoholic and soft drinks sectors and a strong background in governance and performance management as a qualified CA and FD.

He joined the Company as Finance Director in January 2015.

Director of MOMA Foods Limited.

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Jonathan D Kemp
Commercial Director

Jonathan has had a successful career in various commercial roles within Procter and Gamble.

Jonathan brings FMCG specialism in customer business development, consumer brand building and commercial proposition optimisation.

Joined the Company in 2003 as Commercial Director.

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Susan Barratt
Senior Non-Executive Director

Susan is a Chartered Accountant and spent the earlier part of her career in senior finance roles at Geest plc, Whitbread plc and Laurel Pub Company.  Formerly CEO of Natures Way Foods Limited, Eldridge Pope plc and Non-Executive Director of Higgidy Limited.

Susan brings considerable operational experience and knowledge of the FMCG industry.

Joined the Company in January 2018 as a Non-Executive Director.

CEO of The Institute of Grocery Distribution.

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

 

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W Robin G Barr
Non-Executive Director

Robin is a past President of the British Soft Drinks Association.

Robin brings financial skills and an extensive understanding of UK markets to the Board.

As Executive Chairman from 1978 to 2009 Robin brings a historical background to discussions to the Board. He is a qualified accountant and a Trustee of the Company’s two pension schemes.

Joined the Company in 1960. Appointed Director in 1964 and Chairman in 1978. Retired as Chairman and appointed Non-Executive Director in 2009.

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Nomination Committee.

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Nick Wharton
Non-Executive Director

Nick is a qualified Chartered Accountant and was formerly CFO of both Superdry plc and Halfords Group plc and CEO of Dunelm plc. He has held a number of senior executive roles across retail and FMCG businesses, including Boots and Cadbury Schweppes, and until December 2019 was a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Mothercare plc.

Nick brings extensive retail experience both in the UK and internationally, substantial plc and governance experience from executive and non-executive roles on listed company boards and significant financial experience as a qualified chartered accountant and CFO.

Joined the Company in November 2018 as a Non-Executive Director.

Group Chief Financial Officer of Pepco Group N.V.

Audit and Risk Committee (Chair), Nomination Committee.

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David J Ritchie
Non-Executive Director

David is a qualified Chartered Accountant and former Chief Executive of Bovis Homes Group plc (Bovis).  He joined Bovis in 1998 from KPMG as Group Financial Controller, becoming Group Finance Director in 2002 and Chief Executive in 2008.

David brings significant operational experience and governance knowledge from his 15 years leading a listed FTSE250 company, plus strong financial oversight through his 30 years as a financial professional.

Joined the Company in April 2015 as a Non-Executive Director.

CEO of WElink Homes UK, Exec Chair of Lucas Design Group.

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

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Zoe Howorth
Non-Executive Director

An economics graduate, 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 from 2010 - 2013. Zoe has also held a number of non-executive director roles with private companies.

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

Joined the Company in 2021 as a Non-Executive Director.

Non-Executive Director of Water Babies International, Non-Executive Director of International Schools Partnership Limited.

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

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Julie Barr
Company Secretary

With a background in corporate law, Julie joined the Company in 2004 as a Commercial Finance Manager. She was appointed Company Secretary in 2008 and also heads up the Company's legal and risk team.