Joined the Board as an independent non-executive director and Chairman-designate on 1 January 2017. Appointed Chairman on 1 April 2017. Gerry started his career in the food and drinks sector and received his PhD in food technology. His significant business and board level experience and a detailed understanding of UK corporate governance requirements, enable him to provide the Board with valuable leadership. He has held chief executive roles at Greencore Group plc, Exel plc, Carlton Communications plc and Kingfisher plc and has also been an investor and independent director in a number of international listed companies including Intertrust NV, British American Tobacco plc, Invest Europe, Merlin Entertainments plc, Reckitt Benckiser plc, Abbey National plc and Novar plc. Gerry was the Chairman of The Blackstone Group’s principal European entity until September 2019, having joined the firm in 2008 as a Senior Managing Director in its Private Equity group. Gerry is currently the Chairman of Burberry Group plc.
Chairman of the Nominations Committee