Our leadership team are all closely
engaged with the individual
businesses of our group, whilst
also focusing on our overall
strategy, performance and direction.
Chris Mack leads the board as chairman. He is the fourth generation of his family to take the helm of the business, his great grandfather establishing M&W Mack Ltd in 1874.
The Mack name is synonymous with fruit and vegetables, and Chris is well-respected in the industry, having worked for M&W Mack Ltd for most of his working life. He became managing director of M&W Mack Ltd in 1988, and chairman and chief executive of Fresca Group Ltd when it was formed in 2005. Chris became the chairman of the company in July 2014 upon the appointment of Ian Craig as chief executive. Chris is also a board member of the Waitrose Foundation (RSA).
A very experienced fresh produce business director, having joined the Fresca Group in 2004 to run our successful DGM Growers business, Ian went on to help form Manor Fresh – our potato and vegetable joint venture business in Lincolnshire. In 2010 Ian moved to Kent to take on responsibility for the new and iconic glasshouse business, Thanet Earth. During his tenure this business grew to become the UK’s number one grower and supplier of glasshouse salad crops. Ian was appointed as CEO of the Fresca Group in July 2014.
Brett joined Fresca Group after eight years with Finlays where he held the position of Finance Director for two of the company’s core divisions, specialising in tea trading and the manufacture of tea derivatives.
With broad experience gained by working not only in the UK, but in his native South Africa, Brett brings a wealth of knowledge about international commodity trading and the FMCG manufacturing sector. Whilst a finance specialist, Brett’s management experience includes administration work as well as the design and oversight of information systems. He is also familiar with group structured businesses like Fresca and the synergies and complexities of joint ventures.
Nigel is an acknowledged strong, capable leader, having been managing director of Red Bull UK from 2007 after joining the brand in 2002. His fresh produce credentials are strong thanks to some 12 years spent at Sainsbury’s (1988-1999), beginning as a junior buyer and progressing quickly to category manager. Nigel joined the Fresca board in September 2012.
Jamie has been at Primafruit since 1990, managing the business since its acquisition by Fresca Group (in 2005) and into its current position with Waitrose.
Planning the next phase of development at Evesham and maintaining and growing the relationship with Waitrose are his current priorities.
Having joined Fresca Group in 2016 after a distinguished career at Vitacress Sales, Charles Rees is Managing Director of our wholesale division. He oversees commercial and practical operations at our busy branches in Birmingham, Bristol and Southampton, also having responsibility for our Ship Stores business and the award-winning Mack Food Service division.
Joining the group as operations director at Mack in Paddock Wood in 2006, Tim moved across to take a more central role at Fresca in 2011. Tim has overseen many projects, from major building extensions to facilities upgrades and machinery innovation. He helps manage our environmental sustainability priorities and advises on effective resource and labour strategy.
Before he joined the group Tim worked as a general manager in retail and held various positions with other retail suppliers.
Liz McMeikan was appointed as a non-executive director in April 2010 and chairs the Audit Committee. She is senior independent director and member of the Audit Committee at JD Wetherspoon plc. She chairs the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee at both Unite plc and Flybe plc, and is a non-executive director at CH & Co Group Ltd. She is also chair of the Moat Housing Association.
Liz spent her early career at Colgate-Palmolive and then at Tesco, establishing Tesco Express and being appointed stores board director for change management and human resources.
Simon became senior partner of DAC Beachcroft in August 2005, having been a partner since 1985. He was re-elected as senior partner for a second term in 2010, a position he held until he relinquished it in October 2015 in preparation for retirement. His working life has covered most areas of corporate law with particular experience in private company acquisitions and disposals. Simon was appointed as a non-executive director of Fresca in April 2010.