Board of directors
Our Board has the complementary blend of pub and eating-out market, retailing, people, corporate finance & audit skills to shape and execute our strategy.
- a - Member of the Audit Committee
- b - Member of the Remuneration Committee
- c - Member of the Nomination Committee
- d - Member of the Market Disclosure Committee
- e - Member of the Exectutive Committee
Bob Ivell, aged 64
Appointed to the Board in May 2011, Bob has over 30 years of extensive food and beverage experience with a particular focus on food-led, managed restaurants, pubs and hotels. He is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Carpetright plc, a Non-Executive Director of Charles Wells Limited and President of The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers. He was previously Senior Independent Director of AGA Rangemaster Group plc and Britvic plc, and a main Board Director of S&N plc as Chairman and Managing Director of its Scottish & Newcastle retail division. He has also been Chairman of Regent Inns, Park Resorts and David Lloyd Leisure Limited, and was Managing Director of Beefeater Restaurants, one of Whitbread's pub restaurant brands, and a Director of The Restaurant Group. Bob is Chair of the Nomination Committee and of the Market Disclosure Committee.
Phil Urban, age 53
Phil joined Mitchells & Butlers in January 2015 as Chief Operating Officer and became Chief Executive in September 2015. Phil was previously Managing Director at Grosvenor Casinos, a division of Rank Group and Chairman of the National Casino Forum. Prior to that, he was Managing Director for Whitbread's Pub Restaurant division, and for Scottish & Newcastle Retail's Restaurants and Accommodation Division. Phil has an MBA and is a qualified management accountant (CIMA).
Tim Jones, aged 53
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 plc 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.
Stewart Gilliland, aged 59
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Appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in May 2013 and as Senior Independent Director in February 2015. Stewart was Chief Executive Officer of Muller Dairy (UK) Limited until 2010 and prior to that held senior management positions in InBev SA, Interbrew UK Limited and Whitbread plc. He is currently Chairman of Booker Group Plc and Curious Drinks Limited and a Non-Executive Director of C&C Group plc and Nature's Way Foods Limited.
Eddie Irwin, aged 57
Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in March 2012, Eddie is a nominee of Elpida Group 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 and a Non-Executive Director of Grove Ltd, the holding company of Barchester Healthcare Limited. He graduated from University College, Dublin, with a B Comm Degree and he is a Fellow of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
Josh Levy, aged 26
Appointed a Non-Executive Director in November 2015, Josh is a nominated shareholder representative of Piedmont Inc., a significant shareholder in Mitchells & Butlers. Josh is an Investment Analyst at Tavistock Group having previously worked in the Investment Banking Division of Investec Bank. Josh holds an MSc and a BA (Hons) from the University of Nottingham.
Ron Robson, aged 53
Appointed as Deputy Chairman in July 2011, Ron is a Managing Director of Tavistock Group, Chief Executive of Ultimate Finance Group and a Non-Executive Director of Tottenham Hotspur Limited. 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. Ron is a nominated shareholder representative of Piedmont Inc.
Colin Rutherford, aged 57
Independent Non-Executive Directorabcd
Appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in April 2013, Colin is currently Chairman of Brookgate Limited and Teachers Media plc. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Evofem Biosciences Inc. and Renaissance Services SAOG amongst his other activities. He was formerly Executive Chairman of MAM Funds plc and Euro Sales Finance plc and has served as a Director of various other public and private companies in the UK and overseas. Colin is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and has directly relevant corporate finance experience in both the leisure and hospitality industries. Colin is Chairman of the Audit Committee, and serves on all other independent governance committees.
Imelda Walsh, aged 52
Independent Non-Executive Directorabc
Appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in April 2013, Imelda is a Non-Executive Director, and Chair of the Remuneration Committees of William Hill plc and FirstGroup plc. She was a Non- Executive Director, and Chair of the Remuneration Committee, of Mothercare plc from 2013 to 2016 and 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. Imelda is Chair of the Remuneration Committee.
Keith Browne, aged 47
Non Executive Director
Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in September 2016, Keith is a representative of Elpida Group Limited, a significant shareholder in Mitchells & Butlers. Keith obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College Dublin, qualified as a chartered accountant in 1994 and subsequently gained an MBA from University College Dublin. After joining KPMG Corporate Finance in 1996, he became a partner in the firm in 2001 and Head of Corporate Finance in 2009. He retired from the partnership to operate as an Independent Consultant in 2011.
Dave Coplin, aged 46
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Appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in February 2016, Dave is the Chief Envisioning Officer for Microsoft Limited and an established thought leader on the role of technology in personal and professional lives. For over 25 years he has worked across a range of industries and customer marketplaces, providing strategic advice and guidance around the role and optimisation of technology in the modern society both inside and outside of the world of work.