Seabrook Crisps has appointed Paul Monk as the Chairman of a new board, set up following the LDC-backed management buy-out of the leading crisp brand announced earlier this week (Monday, 20 July 2015).
Mr Monk’s senior management career in the food manufacturing and retail industry spans Mars, M&S, Golden Wonder, Finsbury Foods, Quorn, and Burtons Biscuits and he has a breadth of experience at board level as Chairman and Non-executive director in a variety of Grocery industry companies.
The appointment adds to a board made up of the Seabrook Crisps management team consisting of chief executive Jonathan Bye, Kevin Butterworth, marketing director, Daniel Woodwards, chief operating officer and Jon Wood, commercial director together with Ged Gould and Simon Braham of leading mid-market private equity house, LDC.
Paul Monk said: “Seabrook is a great brand. The management team has already started to build some momentum in the business and I look forward to working with them under Seabrook’s new, independent ownership.”
Jonathan Bye said: “Paul brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board and he will play an instrumental part in driving the direction the business takes to realise our growth strategy.”
Seabrook Crisps has a retail sales value of £33m1 and is growing year-on-year by 14.5 per cent andcontinues to consistently outperform the overall UK crisp market, which has grown at 4.2 per cent CAGR since 2007 and is worth £1.1bn.
Paul Monk also heads up The Monkey Business Foundation, a charity designed to raise funds on behalf of GroceryAid (formerly known as Caravan) and a new charity venture called WorkingOptions which helps State School VIth Formers realise their potential.”