Meet the leaders at British Sugar
Paul became Managing Director of British Sugar in 2016. Previously he was Managing Director of Westmill Foods, an ABF business and has also been Strategy and Business Development Director and 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.
Alex joined British Sugar in 2017 from sister company AB Mauri (a global yeast and bakery ingredient manufacturer). Alex has held various UK and international Finance Director roles, including CFO of Homeserve UK, Finance Director for Wolseley’s UK plumbing brands, and Central & Eastern Europe FD for Bunzl plc.
He also has strong M&A and strategy experience both advisory (ING Barings – Corporate Finance) and in-house (Bunzl – Corporate Development). He is a chartered accountant having qualified with KPMG in 1998 and has responsibility for Finance, Procurement and IT.
Debbie joined British Sugar as HR Director in 2014. Prior to this she headed up the Organisation Development team for AB Sugar. Debbie oversees the delivery of all HR services across our four advanced manufacturing plants and our head office in Peterborough. Prior to these roles Debbie was Head of International Development and Talent for Tesco.
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.
Director of Organisational Effectiveness
Having spent a number of years working for different companies, within the ABF family, Catharine re-joined British Sugar in 2013 as Head of Engagement and Development. The following year Catharine was appointed to her current position as Director of Organisational Effectiveness. She has since been responsible for helping to shape the organisation in readiness for a much more competitive market place.
Colm joined British Sugar’s graduate scheme in 1984 after graduating, with a BSc (Hons) Agriculture degree from Leeds University. His long distinguished career has seen him working across all elements of the agricultural function.
In 2008 he was appointed as Agriculture Director with responsibility for the strategic direction and delivery of all British Sugar’s agricultural operations, including the development, negotiation and management of the Inter-Professional Agreement with the National Farmers Union and British Sugar.
Trevor has been with British Sugar since 1985. Joining as a graduate from Birmingham University, Trevor has held a variety of different roles. In 2010 he was appointed as Operations Director and is now responsible for the overall management and organisation of our four advanced manufacturing plants, ensuring the smooth operation of the processes that contribute to the production of our products.
Head of Advocacy
Ruth joined British Sugar in May 2017 as Head of Advocacy.
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.
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 Managing 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.