Tim founded the business in 1979, having previously studied law at Nottingham University and qualified as a barrister. He became chairman in 1983.
John Hutson Chief Executive
John joined the company in 1991 and was appointed to the board in 1996. He is a graduate of Exeter University and previously worked with Allied Domecq.
Kirk Davis Finance Director & Company Secretary
Kirk joined the company in 2008 as deputy finance director and was appointed as Company Secretary in October 2010 and became Finance Director in March 2011. He previously worked for Tesco plc and qualified as a chartered management accountant in 2004.
Su Cacioppo Personnel & Legal Director
Su joined the company in 1991 and was appointed to the board in 2008. She is a graduate of South Bank University and London Guildhall University and previously worked for Courage Ltd and Allied Leisure.
She worked in several operational roles in J D Wetherspoon, before being appointed as personnel director in 1999 and personnel and legal director in 2006.
Elizabeth McMeikan Non-Executive Director
Elizabeth was appointed to the board in 2005 and is a member of the audit, remuneration and nomination committees. She is a graduate of Cambridge University. She is a non-executive director of several privately owned companies and chairs the Membership Selection Panel for Network Rail. She also holds several independent positions in government and Whitehall.
She previously worked for Tesco plc for 12 years, in a wide variety of commercial and operational roles, both in the UK and overseas.
Debra van Gene Non-Executive Director
Debra was appointed to the board in 2006 and is the remuneration committee chair and a member of the audit and nomination committees. She is a graduate of Oxford University. She spent 17 years in the advertising industry, ending as deputy managing director of Butterfield Day Devito Hockney. Since then, she has worked in the executive search industry. She was a partner at Heidrick and Struggles and now runs her own company, Debra van Gene Associates Ltd, of which she is managing director.
Sir Richard Beckett Non-Executive Director
Sir Richard was appointed to the board in 2009 and is a member of the audit, remuneration and nomination committees.
He was called to the bar in 1965 and took silk in 1987. He was one of the pre-eminent practitioners in regulatory and licensing matters. He is also a non-executive director of Mercantile Investment Trust plc.
Mark Reckitt Non-Executive Director
Mark Reckitt was appointed to the board in May 2012 and is a member of the audit, remuneration and nomination committees.
He has been Group Strategy Director at Smiths Group plc since February 2011. Prior to joining Smiths, he was Chief Strategy Officer at Cadbury plc from 2004 to 2010 and held a range of Strategy and Finance roles at Cadbury since joining in 1989, including UK Finance Director. Prior to joining Cadbury, he spent six years in Investment Banking and Retailing, after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1983.
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