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ABOUT US our executive  team

the experience, skills and talent behind our group

ABOUT US our executive  team

This section contains profiles of our senior executive team, including their qualifications, past experience and current responsibilities. To learn more about the group businesses they manage, please visit our overview here.

Dr Mark CarrDr Quintin HeathCharles NobleBob CompierDaniel WestBen HackettTony CheungPaul KenwardGavin DalgleishJuan-Luis Rivero

Dr Mark Carr

Group CEO, AB Sugar

Mark became Group CEO in April 2004, having previously been Managing Director of Corus Strip Products UK. In addition to his CEO role, he acts as Director of Vivergo, Chairman of Azucarera and Board Member of the World Sugar Research Organisation.

As CEO, he has overseen our transformation from a UK-focused sugar business into a diverse global group with exciting ambitions for further growth.

Mark gained a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wales in 1986 and an MBA from Warwick University in 1997. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

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Dr Quintin Heath

Human Resources Director, AB Sugar

Quintin joined AB Sugar in 2010 from ABF’s grocery division. Before that, he had been Human Resources Director for UK Grocery and Twinings Ovo, ABF’s international beverage business, which he joined in 2001; he also has wide-ranging HR and operational experience in the airline industry and retail services. 

Quintin combines the realities of his day job with his desire to understand how to bring about fundamental business change; he has expertise in transforming businesses through cultural change, major organisational redesign and effectiveness programmes.

Quintin gained his Doctorate in Organisational Culture Change in 2017.

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Charles Noble

Group Finance Director, AB Sugar

Charles joined AB Sugar in December 2020 as Group Finance Director. He has extensive experience in international food businesses including Unilever plc, McCormick Inc and the broader ABF group where he worked earlier in his career. Most recently he was European CFO for a US listed rail-freight and logistics group, Genesee & Wyoming Inc.

Within his role at AB Sugar, Charles is responsible for driving business performance, ensuring strong financial governance in all of our businesses and developing our finance teams around our group. He also leads on IT and the broader leveraging of technologies as well as group procurement activities.

Charles is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, a Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and has studied at Columbia Business School in New York.

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Bob Compier

Operations & Technology Director, AB Sugar

Bob joined AB Sugar in September 2021, having spent over 20 years working for an array of large-scale manufacturing businesses across Asia and Europe.

As Operations and Technology Director, Bob will be responsible for the continued performance improvements and efficiencies across our agricultural and factory operations. As well as overall responsibility for our health, safety and environmental performance, and research and innovation across our supply chain.

Bob holds a BEng degree in Chemistry from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and a master’s degree in Technical Business Administration and Management Science from the University of Groningen.

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Daniel West

Strategy and Business Development Director, AB Sugar

Daniel joined AB Sugar in July 2011 from global consulting firm Booz & Company.

During his time at Booz, he gained extensive experience of delivering strategy, commercial and performance improvement initiatives for process businesses in Europe, the USA, Africa, Russia and the Middle East.

Daniel holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Ben Hackett

Managing Director, Vivergo Fuels Ltd

Ben became Managing Director of Vivergo Fuels Ltd in February 2021 after serving as Director of Operations and Technology at AB Sugar since February 2012. In this role, he is responsible for leading what will be the UK’s largest bioethanol business when it starts manufacturing bioethanol and animal feed for UK transport and livestock in early 2022.

He has a wealth of experience gained in a range of manufacturing roles in the agricultural chemicals sector, in locations across France, the UK and the USA, including as Global Business Manufacturing Director at Dow Chemical Company.  

Ben holds a BEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham.

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Tony Cheung

Managing Director, AB Sugar China

Tony became Managing Director of AB Sugar China in 2009, and has overall responsibility for all its Chinese operations.

He has an in-depth knowledge of the Chinese agri-food industry, having held senior positions at a number of major multinationals.

Tony is a business graduate of Hong Kong Polytechnic and also holds an MBA from the University of Hong Kong. 

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Paul Kenward

Managing Director, British Sugar

Paul became Managing Director of British Sugar in 2016. Previously he was Managing Director of Westmill Foods, an ABF business, and has also been Strategy and Business Development Director and Head of Business Development for ABF.

Paul graduated top of his year in Modern History from Oxford, and joined international strategy consultancy OC&C. He then became Director of Commercial Operations, Europe for EMI Records.

In 2003, he founded Addison & Steele, a visiting bespoke tailoring service serving customers in London, New York, Brussels and Dublin. He sold the business before joining ABF in 2007.

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Gavin Dalgleish

Managing Director, Illovo Sugar Africa

Gavin first joined Illovo in 1988 as a postgraduate student. He was appointed to the Illovo board in 2011, becoming Operations Director in 2012 and Managing Director in September 2013. 

He has held a number of technical, business development, operational and general management positions within Illovo. Most recently, he spent three years leading the global technology unit of yeast producer AB Mauri, another ABF business, before returning to Illovo in December 2010.

Gavin holds a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering.

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Juan-Luis Rivero

Managing Director, Azucarera

Juan-Luis Rivero became Managing Director of Azucarera in October 2010 after joining the company as Finance Director in 2005.

He has previously held various finance and business performance roles in a number of multinational companies.

Juan-Luis has a degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

AB Sugar China Azucarera British Sugar Germains Seed Technology Illovo Sugar Group Vivergo Fuelds