Jim has more than forty years of retail experience. He is currently Chairman of discount retailer UP Global Sourcing Holdings plc and Chairman of Wynnstay Group plc, an AIM listed company. He was previously CEO of T&S Stores Plc for eight years before selling the business to Tesco Plc for c.£500m, then became the Managing Director of Convenience at Sainsbury’s, and most recently was the CEO of leading value retailer Poundland Group plc for ten years. Under Jim’s leadership, Poundland’s EBITDA grew from c.£7m in 2006 to c.£57m in 2016, before the business was sold to Steinhoff International in the same year for c.£600m.
Jim has over 30 years’ experience within the meat industry across procurement, customer strategy and agriculture. Between 2005 and 2015, Jim was the Head of the Fresh Meat Department at UK supermarket ASDA. Prior to this he was Buying Manager for ASDA’s pre-packed pies division and was previously a fresh meat buyer for the group. During 2015-2017 Jim was the Sales Director for UK Import & Distribution Services importing grass fed beef into Europe.
Nick joins Crawshaw having served as CFO of Janan Meat, the UK’s premier dedicated Halal Lamb and Mutton meat processor, since January 2017. Prior to this Nick was Finance Director of the Egg products division at Noble Food Group, and between 2002 and 2015 he held a variety of roles, including that of Finance Director and General Manager of the Doncaster site at the leading food processing company ABP Food Group.
Mark qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Whinney in 1984 and since that time has held a number of key financial and commercial directorships in public and private SME companies in the retail sector. He has achievements in strategic development and implementation, experience of managing businesses in extremely challenging economic circumstances, delivering business turnaround and profitable growth. He was Chief Executive Officer of Whittard of Chelsea PLC between October 2004 and February 2006, Financial and Commercial Director of Select (Retail) Limited between May 2007 and January 2008 and is currently Chief Executive Officer (Business & Strategy) of A|Wear Limited, an Irish womenswear brand.