Meet the leaders at British Sugar
Paul became Managing Director of British Sugar in March 2016. Previously he was Managing Director of Westmill Foods, an ABF business, and has also been Strategy and Business Development Director of AB Sugar, and Acting Head of Business Development for ABF.
Paul graduated top of his year in Modern History from Oxford and joined international strategy consultancy OC&C. He then became Director of Commercial Operations, Europe for EMI Records.
In 2003, he founded Addison & Steele, a visiting bespoke tailoring service, serving customers in London, New York, Brussels and Dublin. He sold the business before joining ABF in 2007.
Lavan joined British Sugar in April 2017. Prior to joining the world of sugar, Lavan had a 20 year career in the energy industry with various roles across the retail supply and trading value chain. This included multiple roles with E.ON UK Plc (formerly known as Powergen), including Director Pricing & Portfolio Management and Head of UK Strategy, and more recently as Commercial Director for British Gas’s Residential Business, a part of Centrica Plc.
Here at British Sugar he has responsibility to develop and deliver the commercial strategy in a rapidly evolving market to help drive growth into the business.
Peter re-joined British Sugar as Agriculture Director in January 2020, having previously spent 16 years in different roles for the company, including in business development, animal feed and bioethanol. He has also held numerous Director roles across a range of ABF businesses.
Peter has most recently supported various performance improvement programmes within Agricultural functions across AB Sugar, working in Africa, Spain and China as well as with British Sugar’s agriculture team, NFU Sugar and a variety of sugar beet growers.
As British Sugar’s first new Agriculture Director in 12 years, he is looking forward to working with growers, hauliers and industry partners to continue to drive performance, innovation and progression across the homegrown sugar industry.
Supply Chain Director
Pablo joined British Sugar in October 2018 to take up the newly created role of Supply Chain Director.
Having started his career over 30 years ago Pablo has spent much of his time in the sugar industry in Spain and most recently was Operations Director at Azucarera, British Sugar’s sister company.
Pablo left Azucarera for five years to work for J. García Carrión, the leading wine and juice supplier in Madrid, as Director of Industry and Investments. He returned in 2011.
Pablo is responsible for the smooth running of our four factories, from processing to packaging and ensuring we continue to meet the needs of our customers.
Jonathan joined British Sugar in November 2019. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and worked in their audit and Management Consultancy divisions, and, after a short spell at British Telecom, he joined Associated British Foods through the TwiningsOvo division in 2003. Since then he has held a range of financial roles across numerous ABF companies, including as Finance Director of various divisions at TwiningsOvo and Westmill Foods, and has worked in the UK and overseas.
At British Sugar, Jonathan is responsible for governing the company’s financial and IS operations.
Catherine joined British Sugar in early 2019 from Marston’s PLC where she spent four years as Group People Director, responsible for transforming its people practices.
She has worked within a range of multinational companies during a varied career, including Unilever, RS Components and Mercedes-Benz and has a breadth of experience across factory, distribution, sales, retail, head office and corporate environments.
Here at British Sugar, Catherine is responsible for leading the strategy to put our people at the heart of a thriving homegrown sugar industry, through growing talent across the business and establishing a high performance, customer-focused culture.
Business Transformation Director
Andy has been with ABF for over ten years. He joined British Sugar in January 2017 as Business Transformation Director. He has spent over 20 years in fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) in the commercial function.
Before joining British Sugar, Andy held roles in the Grocery division at ABF where he worked for Allied Bakeries as Category Management Director and New Business Director. He then held Marketing and Commercial Director posts at Westmill.
Prior to his career in ABF he worked for H.J.Heinz, Safeway Plc and Campbells Grocery Products.
Head of Advocacy and Communications
Ruth joined British Sugar in May 2017 as Head of Advocacy and Communications.
Before joining British Sugar she held a number of roles at E.ON including Head of Public Affairs and Senior Internal Communications Manager. Ruth is responsible for British Sugar’s communications both internally and externally as well as coordinating advocacy plans to support the British Sugar strategy.