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Directors' Biographies


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Paul Wilkinson - Chairman (N.)
Joined Thorntons as a Non-Executive Director in August 2006 and appointed Chairman February 2013. He holds a portfolio of executive, non-executive and advisory roles in the food, consumer and retail sectors as well as the public sector. Previous appointments include Chairman of Rank Hovis McDougall and prior to that he held management roles at Unilever and Grand Metropolitan. He was previously an independent Director of Aryzta AG, a major international food group based in Zurich. Other appointments include Chairman of Fengrain and the National Skills Academy for food and drink. He is Chairman of the Nomination Committee.

Executive Directors

Jonathan Hart - Chief Executive

Jonathan Hart - Chief Executive
Joined Thorntons in January 2011. He was previously Managing Director of Caffè Nero for five years prior to which he held senior positions at Abbey, Woolworths and ITM Communications and spent more than a decade with Dixons Group plc where, latterly, he was responsible for the Group’s high street brands (including Dixons, The Link and Dixons Tax-Free) as Group Managing Director and as Group Managing Director of PC World International.

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Barry Bloomer - Managing Director, FMCG division
Joined Thorntons in July 2005 and was appointed to the Board in July 2006. He previously spent ten years at Black & Decker, latterly as European Operations Director and prior to that eight years in various positions including Manufacturing and Quality Director for Philips Components Limited.

Michael Killick - Finance Director

Michael Killick - Finance Director
Joined Thorntons in January 2012 and appointed to the Board in February 2012. He is a qualified accountant with extensive experience in the retail sector. Most recently he was Interim Finance Director to a private equity healthcare business and prior to that previous appointments included eleven years at Peacocks, latterly as Chief Financial Officer until January 2011, Bennetts GB (insurance), Going Places Retail Leisure and Burton Group plc.

Non-Executive Directors

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Martin George - Non-Executive Director (A. R. N.)
Joined Thorntons in November 2012. Other appointments include Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer at Post Office Limited and holds non-executive roles in the sports goods and charity sectors. Previously Group Development Director at Bupa and held a number of senior positions at British Airways latterly as Commercial Director. He has extensive experience in the marketing and commercial development of consumer brands as well as commercial and general management. He is Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Photo of Diana Houghton - Non-Executive Director

Diana Houghton - Non-Executive Director (A. R. N.)
Joined Thorntons in December 2008. She is a corporate development and strategy specialist with broad experience of the consumer goods, retail and leisure retail sectors and also possesses extensive corporate finance expertise. She spent six years as the Corporate Development Director of Allied Domecq before working as a consultant to a number of companies, investment banks and private equity houses. Other appointments include a senior advisory role with the National Audit Office. She is Chair of the Audit Committee.


Audit Committee
Remuneration Committee
Nomination Committee

The Terms of Reference of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees are available on the Company's website and upon request to the Company Secretary.

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