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Tim Davies, Chief Executive Officer

Tim joined Carr’s in March 2013 as Chief Executive. Tim was formerly the Group Managing Director at Openfield. Prior to this, he progressed from Sales Director to Managing Director of Grainfarmers plc in 2005. He subsequently led the successful merger of Grainfarmers plc and Centaur Grain Ltd in 2008, forming Openfield, the largest farmer-owned grain marketing business in the UK. Tim continued in his role as Group Managing Director until 2013. He was a Director of the Agricultural Industries Confederation between 2003-2016.


Neil Austin, Group Finance Director

Neil joined Carr’s in January 2013 and became Group Finance Director on 1 May 2013. Neil was formerly a Director at PwC, having joined as a graduate in their Newcastle office in 1997. He was appointed as a Director of the Newcastle office in 2007 with lead responsibility for part of the Assurance practice, and has experience with FTSE 350 companies and multi-nationals.



Chris Holmes, Non-Executive Chairman

Chris joined Carr’s in 1991 as the Managing Director of the Agriculture business, having previously worked for J Bibby & Sons. Chris was appointed Chief Executive in 1994, and remained in that role until he was appointed Chairman in 2013. He commenced as Chairman of Carlisle Youth Zone in 2013 and is currently Chairman of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership Scrutiny Panel.


John Worby, Non-Executive Director

John was appointed a Non-Executive Director in April 2015. John is currently a Non-Executive Director of Fidessa Group plc, Senior Independent Director of Hilton Food Group plc and Chairman of the Audit Committee of both companies. John was previously the Finance Director of Genus and Non-Executive Director of Cranswick plc. John is a chartered accountant and a member of the Financial Reporting Review Panel.


Alistair Wannop, Non-Executive Director

Alistair Wannop was appointed a Non-Executive Director in 2005. Alistair has been the Chairman of both the County NFU and the MAFF northern region advisory panel. He has served as a Director of The English Farming and Food Partnership, Rural Regeneration Cumbria, and Cumbria Vision. Alistair is a fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society of England and currently holds office as High Sheriff of Cumbria.


Ian Wood, Non-Executive Director

Ian was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2015. He retired as the Commercial Director, International Business Development for Centrica (previously British Gas) in January 2016 having held a number of positions with the Company, covering various aspects of the business including engineering, customer services, industrial and commercial marketing, and energy trading within the UK, Continental Europe and North America. Ian is a Director of Talkin Energy Ltd.


Matthew Ratcliffe, Company Secretary

Matthew joined Carr’s in November 2016 as Company Secretary and Legal Counsel. Matthew is a solicitor with a breadth of experience working alongside both international and local businesses in corporate, commercial and contentious matters. He began his career with Pinsent Masons before joining a Cumbrian law firm in 2009 and being appointed a Director in 2014.