Chief Executive Officer
Joined West of England Farmers in 1985 and subsequently became Agri Director of WMF Limited in 1997. Holds a degree in Agriculture and an MBA. Following the formation of Countrywide Farmers in 1999 became Director of Agri Sales before becoming Deputy Managing Director in 2003 and Managing Director in June 2004. Serves as a Non-Executive Director of United Farmers, a cooperative organisation which combines the purchasing power of its members. Serves as Trustee of both of the Company's pension schemes.
Chief Financial Officer
Joined Countrywide as Chief Financial Officer in April 2015. Julie is a qualified accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She has spent the majority of her career working within the retail sector, including a number of senior roles within Home Retail Group, Finance Director for Musgrave Retail Partners GB and CFO for Conviviality plc.
Gareth began his career with John Lewis as a graduate trainee in 1979. In 2000 he was appointed to the main board of John Lewis as Director, Retail Operations, then was Director, Design and Development before retiring from the role of Retail Director in 2010. Latterly, Gareth had responsibility for £3 billion turnover and over 30,000 Partner employees, as well as property, design and new formats. Since 2010, Gareth has held a number of non-executive positions including non-executive directorships on the Boards of Share plc Group, and Shoppers Stop, India. He was also until recently Trustee and Deputy Chairman of Save the Children, and is currently Trustee of TATE and Chairman of Tate Enterprises Ltd., and Trustee of the American Museum in Britain.
Has held a number of senior positions in Corporate Banking, both in the UK and USA. From 1996 to 2009 was Director of Ernst & Young specialising in advising on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions as well as assisting various enterprises develop their commercial strategy & generate value for shareholders. Currently a partner in Isca Ventures LLP, Managing Director of White Eagle Consulting Ltd and Non-Executive Director of Devon Waste Management Ltd. Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.
Qualified as an accountant before joining the family farming business. Has experience of running a range of farming businesses and now manages a number of Estates, including livestock, arable and a commercial shoot. Currently the Chairman of United Oilseeds Limited and Non-Executive Director of NFU Mutual where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee. John Elliot is also Chairman of the Audit Committee for Countrywide Farmers plc.
Currently Chairman and CEO of Apetito UK, an award winning organization providing frozen food and catering solutions to Care Homes, Local Authorities and Hospitals as well as providing a frozen meal delivery service to the public via Wiltshire Farm Foods. Also President of Apetito Canada. Has over 25 years' experience in the food and food manufacturing industry and is Vice President and Treasurer of the Food and Drink Federation. Also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.