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 is ultimately responsible for the business strategy and the financial robustness of the Group, for monitoring performance and for establishing a governance structure and practice which facilitates effective decision making and good governance. 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 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, a chartered accountant, joined the Company as Finance Director in 1985 and led Cranswick’s entry onto the Stock Exchange in that year. He has a deep knowledge of the Company and its business developed over the 32 years he has been with Cranswick. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1988 and through his guidance the Group expanded, eventually entering the FTSE 250 in 2008.
He became Chairman in 2004 and since September 2013 has fulfilled this role on a part-time basis. Martin is also Chair of the Nomination Committee.
Adam joined Cranswick in 1991 and was originally on the operational side of the Fresh Pork business before being appointed to the Board in 2003 as Managing Director of Fresh Pork. His knowledge of the food industry over the 26 years he has been with Cranswick, led to him being appointed as Chief Operating Officer in 2011 and then advancing to the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Under his leadership Cranswick has continued to expand and become a major player in the food processing industry. Adam was also a committee member of the British Pig Executive between 2005 and 2013.
Mark, who is a chartered accountant, has extensive food sector experience, previously holding a variety of senior finance roles in the food production industry before joining Cranswick in 2008 as Group Financial Controller. He was appointed to the Board as Finance Director in 2009 and is responsible for overseeing the financial operation of the Group and setting financial strategy.
Jim has over 22 years’ experience in sales and marketing. He joined Cranswick in 1995, and he has been a key member of the team that has grown the business over the years. His vast knowledge of the food and retail sector cumulated in him being appointed Sales and Marketing Director in 2010 and Commercial Director in 2014. He has been integral in developing the strategic direction of the business.
Mark, who joined Cranswick as a Non-Executive Director in 2014, has a wide range of experience across a number of sectors. He is a chartered accountant and is Chair of the Audit Committee. He was Group Strategy Director of Smiths Group plc between 2011 and 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 Mitie Group plc and Hill & Smith Holdings plc, where he is chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees. Mark was a Non-Executive Director of JD Wetherspoon plc between 2012 and 2016.
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 a wealth of knowledge of the food industry holding 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. 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 2013. She has first-hand knowledge of the food industry both within the UK and in Europe. Kate 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 currently the Chief Executive of CeDo Limited and a Non-Executive Director of Origin Enterprises plc.