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The Company has assembled a board with significant experience. This includes knowledge of the UK drinks sector, corporate finance expertise and connections to the Chinese market. Members of the board also have experience in building and selling businesses and are supported by a capable management team including an award-winning distiller. Details of the board are as follows:
Richard Day, aged 61 – Non-Executive Chairman
Mr Day, a qualified lawyer and, himself, a member of the QCA Remuneration Committee which produced the new Remco Guide, is an experienced Non-Executive Director with particular financial markets strengths, having had a diverse and successful senior management career, acquiring extensive knowledge of public markets, corporate finance and corporate governance across a range of sectors. He was a co-founder of AIM-Listed institutional stockbroker, Arden Partners plc where he worked from 2002 until 2015, and was Head of Corporate Finance for most of his time with the firm. He played an important role in building the business both domestically and internationally. Since then, he has been on the boards of various listed companies . He is currently Non-Executive Chairman of “Big Data” analytics company, Pelatro plc which is listed on AIM. He is also Chairman of Eden Geothermal Limited, a private company, which is drilling the first well on its two-well deep geothermal site at the world-famous Eden Project in Cornwall.
Mark Gamble, aged 68 – Executive Director
Mark is often described as visionary with a successful track record over last 40 years of innovation. In 1975, he built up one of the largest Commercial Foodservice Equipment manufacturer and distributor in the UK. Mark developed a state-of-the-art mains communication Temperature monitor system now sold all over the world. In 1999 he designed one on the first GPRS tracking devices and set up an IoT vehicle tracking company. In 2012 he created Union Distillers Ltd, developed a range of “Mighty fine British Spirits” and is now established as a premiere UK Distillery.
“Sophie” Guifang Luo, aged 52 –Non-Executive Director
Mrs Luo represents the Company’s Chinese investors on the Board and is the Company’s ambassador in China although she is based in the UK. Since 2015 she has been the managing director of a group of Chinese nurseries that has a joint venture with Craigclowan Preparatory School. She also has family interests in several Chinese businesses in Shaanxi province including a green tea plantation in Ziyang from whom the Company purchases tea and a shopping centre in Ankang.
Nicholas Agbo, aged 32 - Finance Director
Mr Nicholas Agbo, a CIMA qualified accountant, has been appointed full-time Finance Director of the Group. Mr Agbo has served for the past three months as Company Secretary and joins from FTSE 100 constituent, Pearson, the global publishing and Education company where he managed a £100million budget managing its Technology Content, Enterprise Architecture and online platforms, gaining valuable online distribution functionality and processing experience. Previously, he worked for six years at UBM plc in Commercial Finance. He succeeds Mr Alistair Wallace, who will continue to provide assistance to the Company in his capacity as senior partner of BKB and who have been retained by the Company since inception in 2014.
Last updated: 14/10/2021