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Neil Austin, Chief Financial Officer

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.



Peter Page, Non-Executive Chairman

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.


John Worby, Non-Executive Director

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


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 and Chief Executive of Cumbria County Holdings Ltd.


Shelagh Hancock Non-Executive Director

Shelagh was appointed a Non-Executive Director and joined the Board on 1 September 2022. Shelagh has over 30 years’ experience in the food and agricultural supply sectors and is currently Chief Executive Officer at First Milk, the British farmer-owned dairy co-operative, where she is highly respected for delivering significant growth in member returns since being appointed in 2017. Prior to this Shelagh held several executive positions across the UK dairy industry including at Milk Link (formerly Glanbia Foods) and Medina Dairy, having trained as an animal nutritionist.


Stuart Lorimer Non-Executive Director

Stuart was appointed a Non-Executive Director and joined the Board on 1 September 2022. Stuart is currently Finance Director at AG Barr plc, the FTSE listed soft drinks brand owner, a role which he has held since 2015. Prior to this Stuart was with Diageo plc for 22 years in various senior roles working across Europe the USA and Asia, ultimately as Finance Director for Diageo’s Global Supply Operation. Stuart brings strong finance expertise together with a wealth of experience in supply chain operations, logistics and business optimisation. He is a qualified accountant having begun his career at KPMG.


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.