Board of directors
Our Board has the complementary blend of pub and eating-out market, retailing, and corporate finance skills to shape and execute our strategy.
- a - A Non-Executive Director
Bob Ivell, aged 60
Appointed as Interim Non-Executive Chairman in July 2011, Bob became Executive Chairman in October 2011 and reverted to Non-Executive Chairman following the appointment of Alistair Darby. Bob has over 30 years of extensive food and beverage experience with a particular focus on food-led, managed restaurants and pubs. He is currently Senior Independent Director of Britvic plc, Chairman of David Lloyd Leisure Limited. He was previously a main board director of S&N plc in the role of Chairman and Managing Director of the Scottish & Newcastle retail division. He has also been Chairman of Regent Inns, Chairman of Park Resorts, Chairman of Next Generation Clubs, Managing Director of Beefeater Restaurants, one of Whitbread's pub restaurant brands and a director of The Restaurant Group.
Ron Robson, aged 49
Appointed as Deputy Chairman in July 2011, Ron is a Managing Director of Tavistock Group and is a nominated shareholder representative of Piedmont Inc. He was previously Chief Financial Officer of Tamar Capital Partners and Group Finance Director of Kenmore, both property investment and management groups. From 2005 to 2008 he was Group Finance Director of The Belhaven Group plc, a listed pub retailing, brewing and drink distribution group. Prior to that he held a number of senior finance roles including Group Finance Director of a listed shipping and logistics group, and trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen.
Alistair Darby, aged 46
Alistair was appointed Chief Executive Officer in October 2012. Alistair has more than 20 years' experience working on some of the UK's best known brands in the pub, drinks and consumer sectors, including roles with Mars Confectionery, Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries and United Distillers. He joined Marston's Plc in 1997 and has held senior operational and strategic roles, including leadership of its branded and suburban managed pubs, its beer division and its tenanted and leased pub company. He became a Board member of Marston's plc in 2003 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2011.
Tim Jones, aged 49
Tim was appointed Finance Director in October 2010. Prior to joining the Company, he held the position of Group Finance Director for Interserve plc, a support services group. Previously, he was Director of Financial Operations at Novar and held senior financial roles both in the UK and overseas in the logistics company, Exel plc. Tim is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and obtained an MA in Economics at Cambridge University.
Douglas McMahon, aged 47
Appointed a Non-Executive Director in October 2010, Douglas is a Managing Director of Tavistock Group and is a nominated shareholder representative of Piedmont Inc. He has two decades of marketing experience, previously serving as Chairman and CEO of Publicis New York, General Manager of J. Walter Thompson New York and Chief Marketing Officer at Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC).
Eddie Irwin, aged 52
Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in March 2012, Eddie is a nominee of Elpida Limited, a significant shareholder in Mitchells & Butlers. Eddie is Finance Director of Coolmore, a leading thoroughbred bloodstock breeder with operations in Ireland, the USA and Australia. He is a fellow member of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
Colin Rutherford, aged 54
Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in April 2013, Colin is currently a Non-Executive Director of De Vere Group Limited, where he chairs the Audit Committee and sits on the Remuneration and Nominations Committees. He was Executive Chairman of MAM Funds Plc, a quoted fund management business from 2009-2011. Colin is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, holds several other board positions and has relevant experience in various public and private companies in the leisure and hospitality industries and in corporate finance.
Imelda Walsh, aged 49
Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in April 2013, Imelda is a Non-Executive Director, and chair of the Remuneration Committee, of William Hill plc and was a Non-Executive Director, and chair of the Remuneration Committee, of Sainsbury's Bank plc from 2006 to 2010. She has held senior executive roles at J Sainsbury plc, where she was Group HR Director from March 2004 to July 2010, Barclays Bank plc and Coca-Cola & Schweppes Beverages Limited.
Ages correct as of December 2012.
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