The Board

Our Board of Directors consists of three executive directors who are responsible for implementing strategy, identifying objectives and managing the day to day operations of the business. We also have three Non-Executive Directors, two of whom are independent, who provide advice and guidance to the business. Our Non-Executive Chairman is John Nichols, the grandson of the inventor of Vimto.

John Nichols

Non-Executive Chairman

John is the grandson of the founder of the Company and inventor of Vimto, John Noel Nichols. John joined Nichols plc in 1971 and was appointed as Director in 1975. In 1986 John became the Group Managing Director, subsequently he became Executive Chairman of the Group and in 2007 he moved to Non-Executive Chairman.

John has three grown up children and three grandchildren. John’s two sons both work in the Company. John enjoys spending time with his family and using his spare time sailing, playing golf and walking his dog on the beach in Wales.

Marnie Millard OBE

Chief Executive Officer

Marnie joined Nichols in October 2012 as Managing Director of Vimto Soft Drinks. In May 2013 she was appointed Chief Executive Officer. Marnie has vast experience in the soft drinks industry having occupied senior roles with Macaw Soft Drinks and Refresco Limited.

In April 2016, Marnie was appointed Regional Chair of CBI Northwest and she is on the Board of Management and Executive Council of the British Soft Drinks Association. Marnie joined the Board of the Finsbury Food Group in February 2016 as a Non- Executive Director. Marnie was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2018 for services to international trade and businesses in North West England.

Marnie is married, has two children and is also a proud grandmother. Marnie enjoys attending concerts and relaxes by walking on the moors near her home.

Tim Croston

Chief Financial Officer

Tim joined the Group as Group Financial Controller in 2005. He became Finance and Operations Director of Vimto Soft Drinks in 2007 and was appointed to the plc Board as Chief Financial Officer in January 2010.

In December 2015 Tim was appointed, in a Non-Executive capacity, to the Audit Committee of Riverside Housing Association, a leading provider of UK social housing and he now chairs that Committee. Previously, Tim held financial controller positions at Polyone Inc. and at Smith and Nephew plc. Tim has two grown up children with his wife Sue.

Tim is an avid and lifelong Manchester City fan and likes to attend both home and away matches with his family.

Andrew Milne

Group Commercial Director

Andrew joined Nichols as the Commercial Director for Vimto Soft Drinks in July 2013. He was appointed to the plc Board on 1st January 2016.

Andrew also has extensive experience in the soft drinks industry having previously worked as Sales Director for the Northern region at Coca Cola Enterprises and prior to that, as Trading Director at GlaxoSmithKline.

Andrew is married to Debbie and they have two children. Andrew is a keen Manchester United fan and spends what spare time he has either watching or playing sport.

John Gittins

Independent Non-Executive Director

John is a graduate of the London School of Economics and a chartered accountant. He was appointed to the Board of Nichols as an Independent Non-Executive Director in July 2015 and is a member of both the Audit Committee (which he chairs) and the Remuneration Committee.

John is currently Audit Committee Chair of AIM listed Park Group plc and has over 20 years experience of CFO roles in companies such as Begbies Traynor Group plc, Spring Group plc and Vertex Data Science Limited. John was also previously an independent Non-Executive Director and the Audit Committee chair of Electricity North West Limited for six years.

Helen Keays

Independent Non-Executive Director

Helen joined Nichols in September 2017. After a career in Consumer Marketing at organisations such as GE Capital, Sears and Vodafone, Helen has developed significant experience working as a Non-Executive Director.

She is currently SID at Dominos Pizza Group Plc and was previously the Chair of Remcom at Communisis Plc. She has previously held NED roles at Majestic Wines Plc, Skin Clinics and Chrysalis Plc.

Helen is married with 2 teenage children who keep her busy watching their sports matches. In her spare time she likes to play tennis. Helen is also a Life Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee consists of John Gittins (Committee Chair), Helen Keays and John Nichols. The terms of reference of the Committee include keeping under review the scope and results of the external audit. The Committee ensures the independence and objectivity of the external auditors, including the nature and extent of non-audit services supplied.

Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee consists of the three Non-Executive Directors: Helen Keays (Committee Chair) John Nichols and John Gittins. The function of this Committee is to benchmark and set remuneration packages for the Executive Directors and senior managers.


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