Main Board

Ian Durant Chairman

Ian has a background in international financial and commercial management, with experience in the retail, property, hotels and transport sectors.  His career includes leadership roles with the retail division of Hanson and Jardine Matheson, HongKong Land, Diary Farm International, Thistle Hotels and Sea Containers and as Finance Director of Liberty International.

Richard Hutton Finance Director

Richard Hutton qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and gained career experience with Procter & Gamble before joining Greggs in 1998. Richard has previously been a Non-Executive Director of Northern Recruitment Group, and last year chaired Business in the Community’s North East Advisory Board.

Richard is a trustee of the Greggs Foundation, Trustee Director of Business in the Community and Trustee of the Alnwick Garden Trust.

Helena Ganczakowski Non-Executive Director

Helena worked for Unilever for 23 years and held senior positions in brand management and marketing including UK Marketing Director and, ultimately, Head of Global Agencies.  Helena has a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

Sandra Turner Non-Executive Director

Sandra has been involved in the retail sector throughout her career and was employed by Tesco PLC, latterly as commercial Director for Tesco Ireland, from 1987 to 2009.  Prior to this, she had worked in sales and marketing roles for Unilever and Wilkinson Sword.

Roger Whiteside Chief Executive

Roger began his career at Marks and Spencer where he spent 20 years, ultimately becoming head of its food business.  He was then one of the founding team of Ocado, serving as Joint MD from 2000 to 2004.  From 2004 to 2007 Roger led a sucessful turnaround as Chief Executive of the Thresher Group off-licence chain before joining Punch Taverns, ultimately becoming Chief Executive.  Roger was appointed as Chief Executive of Greggs on 4 February 2013. Roger is a member of the Women’s Business Council.

Allison Kirkby Non-Executive Director

Allison is President and CEO of Tele 2, a major European telecoms company.  Prior to Tele 2, where she joined as CFO, Allison spent two decades in the FMCG sector at Procter and Gamble in a variety of senior financial and operational roles before moving to the TMT sector, first at Virgin Media and then as Group CFO at Shine, a division of 21st Century Fox.  Allison is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Peter McPhillips Non-Executive Director

Peter spent most of his executive career in food manufacturing having held a number of executive positions including Divisional Managing Director of Hillsdown Holdings, Director of Terranova (the chilled foods business demerged from Hillsdown Holdings), and ultimately as UK Managing Director of Uniq plc.  More recently, Peter was European Chairman of Hain Celestial Group.

Jonathan Jowett Company Secretary

Jonathan is a lawyer by profession, and has held the position of Company Secretary in a number of FTSE 250 and FTSE Smallcap companies.  His previous employers include Avon Cosmetics Limited, SSL International plc, Wagon plc and Bakkavor Group.