Our Managing Directors

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Our Managing Directors

Simon Ball - Jacksons

Simon became MD of our bakery, Jacksons, in February 2014.

He has worked with us for a number of years, serving as MD of our Wigan salad business, Hazeldene, between 2007 and 2012 and Group MD Corporate Development between 2012 and 2013.

He then left us for a year to take up the role of Managing Director (Finished Goods) at International Procurement and Logistics Ltd (IPL) before rejoining us as Jacksons’ MD in 2014.

Like a number of our senior colleagues Simon has studied the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in the US.

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Tim Proudlove - MyFresh

Tim joined the Group in 2014, initially as Chief Operations Officer of MyFresh. He was appointed Managing Director of MyFresh in May 2017.

Tim has a strong background in the fresh produce industry, working for Florette, Greencore and RF Brookes Limited before joining the Group.

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Hannah Shipton - Abel & Cole


Hannah was appointed Managing Director of Abel Cole in October 2016. With a background in retail management, Hannah joined our organic online retailer in 2006.

Since then she has led the customer service team, run sales and marketing as a director and more recently been the deputy managing director.

Hannah is hugely passionate about our Abel & Cole brand and is leading the business to delight customers with an exciting and innovative product range and a fantastic shopping experience.

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James Wellock - Wellocks

James was appointed as Managing Director of Wellocks in 2001 after his father, and Wellocks’ founder, Richard Wellock retired.

James initially joined the business in 1984 at the age of 19 and has played a vital role in the growth of the business since it was started in 1961.

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David Balmer - The Food Doctor

David joined our Group in 2016 initially as Buying Director of our online organic retailer Abel & Cole, later expanding his role to become Buying, Technical & Supply Chain Director at the business. In July 2018 David was appointed as Interim Managing Director of The Food Doctor.

David has a background in the organic food sector previously working at Daylesford Organic Farm, Gloucestershire and before that Marks & Spencer where after starting on their graduate management programme as a Food Technologist he moved into buying and category management roles in the Food to Go.

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