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Our Board of Directors consists of two 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 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.

John Nichols

Non-Executive Chairman

Andrew Milne

Chief Executive Officer

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.

Andrew Milne

Chief Executive Officer

David Rattigan

Chief Financial Officer

David joined the Group as CFO at the end of February 2020 from McBride PLC where he had worked for the previous 6 years. David has previously held senior financial and general management positions at Cheshire Constabulary, Premier Foods PLC and United Biscuits Limited having started his career with ICI PLC. David is married to Debbie and has 4 sons. He enjoys Football, Sailing and generally being in the great outdoors as much as possible in his spare time.

David Rattigan

Chief Financial Officer

Helen Keays

Independent Non-Executive Director

Helen was appointed to the Board of Nichols as an Independent Non-Executive Director in September 2017 and is a member of the Remuneration Committee (which she chairs) as well as the Audit and Nomination Committees. 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 was previously Senior Independent Director at Dominos Pizza Group Plc, chair of the Remuneration Committee at Communisis Plc and has also 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.

Helen Keays

Independent Non-Executive Director

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 the Audit Committee (which he chairs) as well as the Remuneration and Nomination Committees. John is currently Audit Committee Chair of AIM listed Appreciate 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 previously an independent Non-Executive Director and the Audit Committee chair of Electricity North West Limited.

John Gittins

Independent Non-Executive Director

James Nichols

Non-Executive Director

James is the great grandson of the founder of the Company and inventor of Vimto, John Noel Nichols; and son of the non-executive chairman, John Nichols. James has a commercial background and has worked in the business since 2005, undertaking a wide variety of sales and marketing roles. James is married to Anna, with 2 young children who take up much of their free time. James and his family enjoy travelling and spending time on, in or around the sea.

James Nichols

Non-Executive Director