Peter was appointed a Non-Executive Director on 1 November 2019 and became Non-Executive Chairman on 7 January 2020. Peter has extensive international business experience and knowledge of the agricultural sector. He was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Devro plc and previously worked for Aviagen.
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.
John was appointed a Non-Executive Director in April 2015. John is a chartered accountant and is currently Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Hilton Food Group plc. He was formerly the Finance Director of Genus plc and a Non-Executive Director of Cranswick plc and Fidessa Group plc.
Alistair was appointed a Non-Executive Director in 2005. Alistair has been the Chairman of both the County NFU and the MAFF northern regional 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 between 2017-2018 held office as High Sheriff of Cumbria.
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 and a Non-Executive Director of Cumbria County Holdings Ltd.
Kristen was appointed a Non-Executive Director in October 2020. Kristen was most recently the Head of Food Innovation and Downstream Strategy and a Member of the Executive Group at Louis Dreyfus Company. Previously, she was a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Hedge Fund Solutions, London, for Blackstone. Kristen has extensive strategic experience in creating and appraising investment opportunities as well as knowledge of agricultural markets.
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.