28 May 2021
Mitchells & Butlers plc
LEI no. 213800JHYNDNB1NS2W10
Mitchells & Butlers plc announces the following changes to its Board.
Ron Robson, who joined the Board in 2010, and is a nominated representative of the Group's largest shareholder, the Odyzean Group, Imelda Walsh, Chair of the Remuneration Committee, and Colin Rutherford, Chair of the Audit Committee, who both joined the Board in 2013, will all retire from the Board at the end of July 2021.
Following these changes , the Board of M&B will be comprised of the non-executive chairman, Bob Ivell, two executive directors (Phil Urban, CEO and Tim Jones, CFO), three independent non-executive directors (Susan Murray, who will remain as senior independent director, Jane Moriarty, who will assume the role of chair of the Audit Committee, and Dave Coplin, who will continue in his role as non-executive director nominated for representation of the "workforce voice") and three non-executive directors representing the interests of the Odyzean Group (Eddie Irwin, Josh Levy and Keith Browne).
An announcement in relation to the chairmanship of the Remuneration Committee is expected to be made in the next few months.
The office of Deputy Chairman currently held by Mr Robson will not be continued.
Commenting on these changes, chairman Bob Ivell said:
Ron, Imelda and Colin have provided excellent service to M&B throughout their time on the Board, helping to achieve a significant period of stability for the Company whilst assisting our governance and oversight arrangements.
We are extremely grateful to all three of these highly regarded non-executive directors for the support, guidance and enthusiasm which they have brought to the Board and everyone at M&B wishes them every success for the future.
In its prospectus issued on 22 February 2021, the Company confirmed that the Odyzean Group, which comprises shareholders with a majority of the shares in the Company, would review the composition of the Board to streamline its decision making and reduce the number of non-executive directors. By making these changes now, the smaller, more agile Board is in line with the Company's stated intentions at the time of the equity raise and it can now focus on supporting and challenging management over the coming months, as the business first recovers and then moves forward again.
We hope to make a further announcement in the near future in relation to the position of chair of the Remuneration Committee which should conclude this process.
For further information, please contact:
Company Secretary & General Counsel
0121 498 6514