Management

Board of Directors

Patrick Ridgwell

Executive Interim Chairman

Assumed role of Interim Chairman 8 August 2017.
Pat has extensive knowledge of the sugar industry and other food sectors having acquired and developed a number of food businesses during his career. He joined Napier Brown and Company in 1964 and became Managing Director in 1972 following its acquisition of his family interests in 1970. He is a director of Napier Brown Ingredients Limited.

Christopher Thomas

Executive Director

Assumed role of Executive Director 8 August 2017.
Chris qualified as a chartered accountant in 1969. In 1973 he joined Breakmate, a vending business, which was admitted to the Unlisted Securities Market in 1984. He joined the Napier Brown Foods Group in 1992 as Group Finance Director and was involved in the day-to-day operations of the Group before becoming Chief Executive Officer of Napier Brown Foods.

Harveen Rai

Finance Director and Company Secretary

(appointed 7 August 2017)
Harveen has 20 years of experience, predominately in fast-moving consumer goods listed companies. She was previously Chief Financial Officer at Arzyta UK Holdings Limited ("Arzyta"), where she was involved in implementing and streamlining the processes and controls of the company. During her time at Arzyta, Harveen was also involved in developing and strengthening the regional finance teams to grow in line with the needs of the business. Prior to her time at Arzyta, Harveen spent over ten years working at LSG Sky Chefs, a global airline catering company which is owned by Lufthansa. Harveen is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Jacques d'Unienville

Non-Executive Director

Jacques has nearly 20 years' experience of sugar and related industries (independent power production, waste and environment management and renewable energy) in France, the Seychelles and Mauritius. He is the CEO of Omnicane and the chairperson of Omnicane Thermal Energy Operations (La Baraque) Limited and Omnicane Thermal Energy Operations (St. Aubin) Limited. He has served as president of the Mauritius Sugar Syndicate and as president of the Mauritius Sugar Producers' Association.

Judith Mackenzie

Non-Executive Director

(appointed 21 July 2017)
Judith joined Downing LLP in October 2009 and is Partner and Head of Public Equity. Previously she was a partner at Acuity Capital, a buy-out from Electra Private Equity, where Judith managed small company assets. Prior to Acuity, she spent seven years with Aberdeen Asset Management Growth Capital as co-Fund Manager of the five Aberdeen VCTs, focusing on technology and media investments in both the public and private arenas. Judith has held a number of public and private directorships.

Hugh CL Cawley

Non-Executive Director

(appointed 7 August 2017)
Hugh has extensive public company experience with a particular focus on helping businesses facing a major strategic challenge or undergoing significant corporate change. After working for Procter & Gamble and ICI plc in the early part of his career, his more recent public company executive roles have included spells with S Daniels PLC, Dawson Holdings PLC, office2office plc and, most recently, Driver Group plc. Hugh is also a founding member of the advisory board of the Confucius Institute for Business at the University of Leeds.

Executive Team

Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

Group Brand and Marketing Director

Andrew joined Napier Brown Foods as Managing Director in August 2008. He has over 30 years’ experience within the food industry; he was Marketing Director at British Bakeries and Manor Bakeries and then Managing Director at both Manor Bakeries and RHM Cereals. Andrew moved to his current role in June 2012 to drive the Group’s "market-led" agenda.

Heather Billington

Heather Billington

Group HR Director

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Heather joined the Renshaw business in 1981 and was appointed Human Resources Manager in 1990. She continued to hold this role for the wider business throughout the subsequent changes in ownership and business structure. In 2007, Heather was appointed Group HR Manager for Real Good Food plc before being appointed Group HR Director in January 2009.

David Wright

David Wright

Group Operations Director

David joined Real Good Food in 2006 as Operations Director of Renshaw. In early 2012 he was invited to join the Real Good Food management board as Group Operations Director. As well as coordinating health and safety and capital expenditure, David’s role is to manage and deliver the operational needs of the business to meet the future growth plans.

Harveen Rai

Harveen Rai

Finance Director and Company Secretary

Harveen has 20 years of experience, predominately in fast moving consumer goods listed companies. She was previously Chief Financial Officer at Arzyta UK Holdings Ltd (“Arzyta”), Harveen is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.