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Our Team



Simon Turner

Non-executive Chairman

Simon was appointed non-executive Chairman on 1 December 2023, having served as a non-executive Director since March 2020. After spending the early part of his career in the legal profession he became Chairman of the Camellia Foundation, stepping down in November 2023. He is Chairman of the Nomination committee and a member of the Remuneration committee. 

Byron Coombs

Chief Executive Officer

Byron was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 25 September 2023. Byron has extensive experience in the financial and investment management sectors and served as CEO of the Group’s private bank, Duncan Lawrie, from 2014 until its sale in 2017, since when Byron has been employed by the Group as Investment Director.

Graham Mclean

Director of Agriculture

Graham, a qualified agriculturalist, was appointed as Director of Agriculture in October 2014. He was previously Regional Director of the Group's African operations and has worked for the Group for more than 25 years. He is a non-executive director of Kakuzi Plc. 

Oliver Capon

Chief Financial Officer

Oliver was appointed CFO in June 2024. He is an experienced and commercial CFO with thirty years of experience, initially at Arthur Andersen and subsequently at Shell Plc, where he worked in the UK and internationally. Oliver has an MEng in Engineering Science from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.

Non-executive directors

Frederic Vuilleumier

Independent non-executive director

Frederic was appointed as an independent non-executive Director in March 2013. He is a partner of Oberson Abels SA, a law office based in Geneva, Switzerland. He became a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination committees in June 2022. 

Stephen Buckland

Non-executive director

Stephen was appointed as a non-executive Director in 2021. He previously held positions within the Camellia Group's agricultural and banking businesses. He holds an executive position within The Camellia Foundation, a UK charity whose primary donor of the same name is the ultimate majority shareholder of Camellia Plc. He is also a director of the Camellia Private Trust Company (the trustee of The Camellia Foundation (Bermuda)) and director of Camellia Holding AG. He is a member of the Audit committee.

Rachel English

Independent non-executive director

Rachel was appointed as an independent non-executive director in May 2022. She is a chartered accountant with extensive international and general management experience, having founded and served on the board of several significant businesses. She has substantial experience and interest in ESG matters. She became chair of the Audit and Remuneration committees and joined the Nomination committee in June 2022. 

Alec Hayley

Independent non-executive Director

Alec was appointed as an independent non-executive Director in July 2024. He is a Chartered Accountant and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) with 30 years of experience in the agriculture commodity sector in developed and emerging markets, with significant management experience in the Company’s key markets in Africa and Asia. He holds an executive role at ECOM Agroindustrial Corporation Limited.

Alison McFadyen

Independent non-executive Director

Alison was appointed as an independent non-executive Director in July 2024. She has 40 years of international financial services experience, serving 22 years at Standard Chartered Plc, a FTSE 100 bank. Following her retirement in 2022, Alison has since served as a non-executive director of Standard Chartered Bank. She has significant executive experience in a variety of roles, latterly Group Head of Internal Audit at Standard Chartered Plc. Alison holds a Masters of Business Administration and is a trustee of two performing arts charities.

Company Secretary

Denise Bodri

Senior Legal Counsel & Company Secretary

Agricultural Executive Committee

Arun Singh

Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director cum CEO, Goodricke Group Ltd

Imran Ahmed

Chief Executive of the Group's Bangladesh operations, Duncan Brothers Bangladesh Ltd

Chris Flowers

Regional Director for the Group’s Kenya and Malawi Operations

Allen Tweedie

Interim Managing Director of the Groups operations in Malawi, Eastern Produce Malawi Ltd

Johan de Kock

Managing Director of the Group's operations in South Africa, Eastern Produce Estates South Africa

Luke Edwards

Managing Director of the Group’s operations in Tanzania, EP(T) East Africa Ltd.

Alex Geovani Bruch

General Manager of the Group's operations in Brazil, C. C. Lawrie Comércio e Participações Ltda.

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