Board of Directors and Company Secretary Corporate governance statementBoard of Directors and Company SecretarySenior managementAdvisorsFinancial risk management Board of Directors and Company Secretary Philip Acton Chairman Joined the Board in 2013, became Chairman in 2017. Worked for 17 years in agriculture as chief operating officer for Genus Europe and Asia and group finance director of Genus plc. Prior to that spent ten years in the electrical engineering sector as group finance director of Scholes Group plc. Richard Whiting Chief Executive Joined in 2007. Previously group finance director of Heywood Williams Group plc, after joining as business development director from Brand-Rex Ltd, where he was managing director of the datacom division. Chris Belsham Finance Director Joined as Finance Director in 2017. Previously an equity partner and head of corporate finance at Irwin Mitchell LLP having joined the business in 2014 from KPMG Corporate Finance. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC in 1999. Yvonne Monaghan Independent Non-Executive Director Joined the Board in 2013. Currently chief financial officer of Johnson Service Group plc. A chartered accountant, qualifying with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in 1982. Rob Andrew Company Secretary Joined as Company Secretary in 2004. An experienced chartered secretary, previously assistant company secretary of Iceland Frozen Foods plc. David Downie Non-Executive Director Joined the board in 2018. Holds a BSc in Agriculture and spent over fifteen years as a senior executive at ASDA. Currently Non-Executive Chairman of a private coffee group which trades as Cafe2u Limited and Red Bean Coffee Limited.