Board of Directors

  • Michael McLintock

    Chairman

    Michael was appointed a director in November 2017 and Chairman in April 2018. He was formerly Chief Executive of M&G, retiring in 2016, having joined the company in 1992 and been appointed Chief Executive in 1997. In 1999 he oversaw the sale of M&G to Prudential plc where he served as an Executive Director from 2000 until 2016. Previously he held roles in investment management at Morgan Grenfell and in corporate finance at Morgan Grenfell and Barings.


    Other appointments:

    • Trustee of the Grosvenor Estate
    • Non-Executive Chairman of Grosvenor Group Limited
    • Member of the Advisory Board of Bestport Private Equity Limited
    • Member of the Takeover Appeal Board
    • Chairman of The Investor Forum CIC
  • George Weston

    Chief Executive

    George was appointed to the Board in 1999 and took up his current appointment as Chief Executive in April 2005. In his former roles at Associated British Foods, he was Managing Director of Westmill Foods, Allied Bakeries and George Weston Foods Limited (Australia).


    Other appointments:

    • Non-Executive Director of Wittington Investments Limited
    • Trustee of the Garfield Weston Foundation
    • Trustee of the British Museum
  • John Bason

    Finance Director

    John was appointed as Finance Director in May 1999. He has extensive international business experience and an in-depth knowledge of both the food and retail industries. He was previously the Finance Director of Bunzl plc and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.


    Other appointments:

    • Non-Executive Director of Compass Group PLC
    • Chairman of FareShare
  • Ruth Cairnie

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Ruth was appointed a director in May 2014 and has been Senior Independent Director since 7 December 2018. Ruth was formerly Executive Vice President Strategy & Planning at Royal Dutch Shell plc. This role followed a number of senior international roles within Shell, including Vice President of its Global Commercial Fuels business. Ruth has also held a number of non-executive directorships including on the boards of Keller Group plc, ContourGlobal plc and Rolls-Royce Holdings plc.


    Other appointments:

    • Director and Chair of Babcock International Group PLC
    • Industry Chair of POWERful Women
  • Emma Adamo

    Non-Executive Director

    Emma was appointed a director in December 2011. She was educated at Stanford University and has an MBA from INSEAD. She has served as a director/trustee on a number of non-profit and Foundation boards in the UK and Canada.

    Other appointments:

    • Director of Wittington Investments Limited
    • Director of Wittington Investments, Limited (Canada)
    • Chair of the Weston Family Foundation
  • Graham Allan

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Graham was appointed a director in September 2018. Graham was formerly the Group Chief Executive of Dairy Farm International Holdings Limited, a pan-Asian retailer. Prior to joining Dairy Farm, he was President and Chief Executive Officer at Yum! Restaurants International. Graham has previously held various senior positions in multinational food and beverage companies.

    Other appointments:

    • Senior Independent Director of Intertek Group plc
    • Non-Executive Director of InterContinental Hotels Group PLC
    • Non-Executive Chairman of Bata International, a privately-owned wholesaler and retailer
    • Board Member of Kuwait Food Company Americana KSCC
    • Director of IKANO Pte Ltd
    • Strategic Advisor to Nando’s Group Holdings Limited
  • Wolfhart Hauser

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Wolfhart was appointed a director in January 2015. Starting his career with various research activities, he went on to establish and lead a broad range of successful international service industry businesses. He was Chief Executive of Intertek Group plc for 10 years until he retired from that role and the board in May 2015. He was previously Chief Executive Officer and President of TÜV Süddeutschland AG for four years and Chief Executive Officer of TÜV Product Services for 10 years. He has also held other directorship roles, including as a Non-Executive Director of Logica plc from 2007 to 2012 and Chairman of FirstGroup plc for four years from 2015 to July 2019.


    Other appointments:

    • Senior Independent Director of RELX PLC
  • Dame Heather Rabbatts

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Dame Heather Rabbatts was appointed a director on 1 March 2021. Heather has held a number of executive and non-executive roles including in local government, infrastructure, media and sports. She has previously been a Non-Executive Director of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and was the first woman on the Board of the Football Association in over 150 years. She continues to work in film and sports.

    Other appointments:

    • Non-Executive Director of Kier Group plc
    • Chair of Soho Theatre
    • Chair of Four Communications
  • Richard Reid

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Richard was appointed a director in April 2016. He was formerly a partner at KPMG LLP (‘KPMG’), having joined the firm in 1980. From 2008, Richard served as London Chairman at KPMG until he retired from that role and KPMG in September 2015. Previously, Richard was KPMG’s UK Chairman of the High Growth Markets group and Chairman of the firm’s Consumer and Industrial Markets group.

    Other appointments:

    • Chairman of National Heart and Lung Foundation
    • Deputy Chairman of Berry Bros & Rudd
    • Senior Advisor to Bank of China UK
    • Chairman of Themis International Services Limited

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