Board of directors
Our Board has the complimentary blend of eating-out market, retailing, people, corporate finance and audit skills to shape and execute our strategy.
Bob Ivell, aged 67
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 a UK Board member of UK Hospitality. 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, the Pensions Committee, the Market Disclosure Committee and the Corporate Responsibility Committee.
Phil Urban, aged 56
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 56
Chief Financial OfficerME
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.
Ron Robson, aged 56
Appointed as Deputy Chairman in July 2011, Ron is a Non-Executive Director of Tottenham Hotspur Limited and Clyde Munro Group 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.
Susan Murray, aged 62
Senior Independent DirectorARNC
Appointed as Senior Independent Director in March 2019, Susan has served on the boards of Compass Group PLC, Pernod Ricard SA, Imperial Brands PLC and EI Group plc and is a former Council Member of the Advertising Standards Authority. She is currently a non-executive director of Hays Plc and Grafton Group PLC and a member of the supervisory board of William Grant & Sons Holdings Limited. In her executive career, amongst other roles, Susan was Director of International Marketing of Grand Metropolitan's IDV business, Worldwide President and Chief Executive of Smirnoff's vodka business and subsequently Chief Executive of Littlewoods.
Colin Rutherford, aged 60
Independent Non-Executive DirectorARNMC
Appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in April 2013, Colin is currently Chairman of Brookgate Limited. He is also a Non-Executive Director of James Donaldson & Sons Limited, NewRiver REITplc, Evofem Biosciences Inc., Meallmore Limited 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 55
Independent Non-Executive DirectorARNC
Appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in April 2013, Imelda is a Non-Executive Director, and Chair of the Remuneration Committees of FirstGroup plc and Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc. She was a Non-Executive Director, and subsequently Chair of the Remuneration Committee, of William Hill plc from 2011 to 2018, Mothercare plc from 2013 to 2016, and 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.
Eddie Irwin, aged 60
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 Limited, the holding company of Barchester Healthcare Limited. He graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Commerce 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 29
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 Chief Executive of Ultimate Finance Group, Chairman of Avenue Insurance and a Director of Tavistock Group. Josh previously worked in the Investment Banking Division of Investec Bank and holds an MSc and a BA (Hons) from the University of Nottingham.
Keith Browne, aged 50
Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in September 2016, Keith is a representative of Elpida Group Limited, a significant shareholder in Mitchells & Butlers. He is a non-executive director of Grove Limited, the holding company of Barchester Healthcare Limited. 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 49
Independent Non-Executive DirectorARNC
Appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in February 2016, Dave is the CEO and founder of The Envisioners Limited and was formerly the Chief Envisioning Officer for Microsoft Limited, and is an established thought leader on the role of technology in our 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. Dave is also a non-executive director of Vianet Group plc.
Jane Moriarty, aged 55
Independent Non-Executive DirectorARNC
Appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in February 2019, Jane is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, and currently a director of NG Bailey Group Limited, Quarto Group Inc., Martin's Investments Limited and Nyrstar NV. She was previously a senior advisory partner with KPMG LLP.
Key to Committee membership
A Audit Committee
R Remuneration Committee
N Nomination Committee
M Market Disclosure Committee
E Executive Committee
C Corporate Responsibility Committee