Board of Directors
The Board consists of an Executive Chairman, a Chief Executive, two other full-time Executive Directors and three Non-Executive Directors.
All Non-Executive Directors are deemed to be independent in accordance with the definition highlighted in the Code. The composition of the Board is reviewed annually by the Nomination Committee to ensure there is an effective balance of skills, experience and knowledge.
Role of the Board
The Board leads the Group and during the year directed, developed and implemented strategy and monitored its operating performance.
It is collectively responsible and accountable to Shareholders for the long-term success of the Company. To enable the members of the Board to discharge these responsibilities, they have full and timely access to all relevant information and Board meetings are held at several of the Group’s production facilities allowing the Directors to review the operations and meet the management teams of those particular sites. All Directors have allocated sufficient time to the Company to discharge their responsibilities effectively.
Martin, who is a chartered accountant, has been with Cranswick for the past 31 years, joining the Company as Finance Director in 1985. He led Cranswick’s entry onto the Stock Exchange in 1985 and was appointed Chief Executive in 1988. He became Chairman in 2004 and has continued in this role on a part-time basis from 1 September 2013. He is also Chair of the Nomination Committee.
Adam has over 25 years’ experience in the food industry, joining the operational side of the Fresh Pork business of Cranswick in 1991. He was appointed to the Board as Managing Director of the Fresh Pork business in 2003 and then became Chief Operating Officer in 2011. He was appointed to the role of Chief Executive in August 2012. Adam was also a committee member of the British Pig Executive between 2005 and 2013.
Mark joined Cranswick as Group Financial Controller in 2008 and was appointed Finance Director in 2009. He is a chartered accountant and has several years’ experience in the food production sector where he has held a variety of senior finance roles.
Jim joined Cranswick in 1995 and has been an integral member of the sales and marketing team that has grown the business over the past 21 years. He was appointed Sales and Marketing Director in 2010 and Commercial Director in 2014.
Mark joined Cranswick as a Non-Executive Director on 1 May 2014. Mark is a chartered accountant and is Chair of the Audit Committee. He was Group Strategy Director of Smiths Group plc from February 2011 to April 2014. Prior to joining Smiths, Mark was interim Managing Director of Green & Black’s Chocolate and before that he held a number of finance and strategy roles at Cadbury plc. Mark is also a Non-Executive Director of JD Wetherspoon plc and Mitie Group plc, where he is chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Steven joined Cranswick as a Non-Executive Director in 2009 and is the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee. He has held a number of senior positions within the food sector including Executive Director of Food at Marks & Spencer plc which followed twelve years at Waitrose, the last five years of which he was Managing Director. He is currently a Non-Executive director of The Rank Group Plc where he is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees and he is also the Non-Executive Chairman for the British Retail Consortium (trading) and Advantage Travel Centres.
Kate joined Cranswick as a Non-Executive Director in July 2013. She was Chief Executive of First Milk Limited from 2010 to 2015 and was also a former head of the European supply chain for McDonalds. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Origin Enterprises plc.