Irn-Bru firm Barr makes board changes

Cumbernauld-based Irn-Bru maker A.G. Barr on Friday announced changes to its board.

Former Dairy Crest Group CEO Mark Allen has been appointed as an independent non-executive director and chairman designate with effect from July 1, 2021, and will succeed John Nicolson as chairman. 

Nicolson will step down from the board prior to the next AGM in May 2022, following nine years as a non-executive, seven of which have been as chairman. 

Former Coca-Cola Company executive Zoe Howorth will join the Barr board as a non-executive director, with effect from July 1.

Having completed eight years as a non-executive director, Pam Powell will stand down from the board at the end of June.

“Mark is a highly experienced director and board member with a long and successful career across multiple sectors,” said Barr.

Mark’s early career in the police force sparked an interest in law and, after completing a law degree, he subsequently held a variety of corporate roles, initially with Shell Group and lately with Dairy Crest Group p.l.c. where he was CEO from 2007 to 2019, prior to the business being acquired by Saputo.  

“In addition, Mark has held non-executive roles at Howden Joinery Group p.l.c., Dairy UK and Warburtons, as well as Norcros p.l.c. where he was chair from July 2020 until April 2021. 

“He is currently non-executive chairman of Halo Foods Ltd.

Mark brings a deep understanding of consumer goods to the board, as well as significant public company experience, all of which will be important as A.G. Barr continues to execute its strategy and growth plans …

“An economics graduate, Zoe has had a successful career spanning a range of roles at Procter & Gamble, United Biscuits and The Coca-Cola Company, where she spent 16 years, culminating in her role as UK Marketing Director from 2010 – 2013.  

“Zoe has also held a number of non-executive director roles with private companies and is currently a non-executive director at Water Babies International.  

“Zoe brings extensive FMCG experience, specifically across the food and beverage sector, as well as consumer brand marketing expertise and direct to consumer digital capabilities.

As part of her responsibilities, Zoe will chair the board’s environmental, social and governance committee.”

Nicolson said: “I would personally like to thank Pam Powell for her valuable contribution over the past eight years in helping to shape the direction and performance of the business. 

“I am delighted that both Mark and Zoe will be joining our board, both of whom bring a wealth of highly relevant experience and I look forward to welcoming them at this exciting time for AG Barr.”

Barr’s other brands include Rubicon and Funkin.