Chairman and Group Managing Director
Nicholas joined the group in 1972 and was instrumental in the set-up of the 4B division’s USA business in 1984, where he spent a number of years before returning as Sales Director for Braime Pressings Limited. Nicholas was appointed Chairman in 1987. As Group Managing Director, he is responsible for overseeing the overseas subsidiaries, with the managing directors of these businesses reporting to Nicholas. Nicholas has built close relationships with the company’s key suppliers over several decades and has a clear vision of expansion for the business in strategic locations.
Group Commercial Director
Alan qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG where he worked for four years before joining the group. Alan joined the board in 2010. He oversees the commercial operations of Braime Pressings Limited and is also responsible for the group’s IT operations and strategy. Alan has spent considerable time on the development of the group’s ERP systems, giving him a unique perspective into the impact of technology on the group’s business drivers.
Group Sales Director
Carl joined the group in 2003 and spent a number of years in South America with the group prior to being appointed to the board in 2010. He is responsible for overseeing strategic customer relationships, as well as the management of key supply chains in the 4B division. Carl has built up a strong expertise and know-how of the group’s product offerings and technologies, and their interdependencies.
Group Finance Director and Secretary
Cielo qualified as a chartered accountant with EY and has been divisional finance director in various public listed companies including KCOM plc and NEXT plc. She was Group FD of Chaucer Foods, a private equity backed multinational manufacturer and before joining the group, she was at Froneri, a JV of Nestle SA. Cielo’s extensive experience in international businesses makes her fully attuned to the cultural issues of global operations and their impact on financial management.
Andrew was the Managing Partner of Simpson Curtis, Senior Partner of Pinsent Curtis, Leeds and former President of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce. Andrew has held a number of non-executive and trustee roles. Andrew is particularly interested in governance matters and his legal training makes his contribution to the discussion of risks particularly valuable.
Peter brings a deep understanding of engineering processes having been, for 32 years, director of Hunslet Holdings P.L.C., a key manufacturer of locomotives, mining equipment and machine tools originally founded in 1864 and whose operations now form part of the Wabtec Corporation in the US. Peter is the Senior Independent Director.