Seasoned Horticulture and Produce Expert with 25 Years of Global Leadership in Fresh Sector Sustainability and Growth.

A Produce and horticulture professional with 25 years experience of the fresh sector in the UK and internationally. With wide sector experience and market knowledge coupled with experience of running fresh produce businesses and supply chains in UK, Europe, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, and South America. Operational experience of end to end supply chains incorporating product development and breeder level relationships through the growing process and on to airfright and seafreight supply routes delivering to supermarkets, wholesale markets, online segments, and branded customers.

An analytical background, having developed from market analyst to group managing director, working for companies in the cut flower, vegetable, and soft fruit market sectors supplying a wide range of market segments and sectors around the world.

Having spent half of the last decade running vertically integrate produce businesses in East Africa, supplying UK and European markets, roles have including setting and implementing growth strategies, establishing new markets and developing brand principles and communication. In addition having been part of, and run turnaround teams driving both growth and profitability, and establishing forward looking operating rhythm to enable turnaround activities to be maintained and actively measured, focusing on people, performance, and profitability.

Experience of a number of ownership and shareholder types, from family owned businesses requiring structure and succession planning, through to private equity and institutional ownership requiring high level financial structuring, and medium term strategic implementation to create sustainable and marketable value for sale. Private equity extends from small and medium sized private equity structures through to sovereign wealth and pension funds. Experience to date has included businesses with turnover ranging from $40m to $500m and EBITDA from $3m to $80m. Workforce sizes ranging from 450 through to 7,000 employees.

High level experience of employment law, transfer pricing policy, taxation across on-shore borders and off-shore holding company structures.
Highly adept at creating strong people structures, motivating teams at all levels and establishing people structures that support the strategic priorities of the business in terms of both ‘conventional’ and servant leadership cultures. Working knowledge of formal hierarchical structures as well as circular and triangular consultation structures at both cluster and domain levels.

Overall a high energy supply professional with a passion for value creation, consolidation, and creating structure that are operationally, environmentally, and financially sustainable, both from a people, shareholder, and wider stakeholder perspective.

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