Our board and management

Philip Yea

Philip was appointed to the board in February 2016 and became chairman in May 2016. He is chairman of Equiniti Group plc, a non-executive director and audit committee chairman of Aberdeen Standard Asian Focus plc and a non-executive director of Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings) Ltd. Philip was previously finance director of Diageo plc and chief executive of 3i Group plc. He has chaired a number of companies both public and private across a wide range of sectors and has been a director of UK listed companies for over 20 years.

Nick Mackenzie

Nick joined Greene King in May 2019 from Merlin Entertainments plc where he spent 17 years, most recently managing director of Midway Attractions, the largest division within the group. Nick started his career in pubs at Bass and Allied and held a non-executive director role at Daniel Thwaites PLC before joining Greene King.

Richard Smothers

Richard joined Greene King in 2017 from Mothercare plc where he was CFO for three years. Prior to this he was director of group finance at Rexam plc and has also held a number of senior finance roles during 14 years at Tesco plc.

Phil Thomas

Phil joined Greene King in March 2017 with extensive FMCG experience from Reckitt Benckiser and P&G. Prior to his appointment at Greene King, he spent 10 years at RB in a range of senior Marketing, Country General Management (UK and China) and Global Category leadership roles. Before this, Phil spent 15 years at P&G in numerous marketing and sales roles across the UK, USA and various European markets.

Wayne Shurvinton

Wayne joined Greene King in September 2018 from Yum Brands where he was chief customer officer, UK and Europe at Pizza Hut.  Prior to this he worked in a number of roles at KFC in the UK and the Middle East. Wayne started his career in operational management in retail.

Matt Starbuck

Matt joined Greene King in August 2018 from Produce World where he was group managing director. Previously with United Biscuits and Entenmanns in brand marketing roles, Matt has extensive commercial leadership experience in different supply chains including  Glanbia, Tulip and Bakkavor within the UK food sector.


Andrew Bush

Andrew joined Greene King in 2017 from Brakes Group where he was group human resources director for five years. Prior to this, he was HR director at Argos. Before that he held a variety of senior HR roles in the Kingfisher Group, including group reward director and head of HR for Superdrug.

Nick Elliot

Nick joined Greene King in 2015 as interim property services director focusing on the Spirit integration before taking up the post of group property director in 2018. Prior to joining Greene King, Nick worked in the leisure retail sector for Mitchells & Butlers and a private property development company as technical director.

Mike Coupe

Mike was appointed to the board in 2011. He is the chief executive of J Sainsbury plc and also brings knowledge from working for other large, multi-site retail organisations, including Asda and Tesco, before that.

Rob Rowley

Rob joined the board in 2014 and has extensive board experienced gained as a former finance director of the Reuters Group plc. He is currently non-executive director of Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd and has previously been a non-executive director of Taylor Wimpey plc, Moneysupermarket.com Group plc and Morgan Advanced Materials plc. Rob was appointed senior independent director in 2015.

Lynne Weedall

Lynne was appointed to the board in 2012. She is currently independent non-executive director at William Hill plc and a non-executive director of Treatt plc. As a former HR director of Selfridges Group, and prior to that Dixons Carphone, Lynne brings to the board a wealth of experience of HR and organisational development gained from a variety of roles in the retail sector and elsewhere.

Gordon Fryett

Gordon was appointed to the board in December 2016. He has many years’ experience in retail operations and property matters having held a number of senior positions within the Tesco Group including that of Group Property Director until his retirement in November 2013. Gordon was also non-executive director of Severn Trent plc from 2009 until July 2016 and is currently non-executive director of WJL Group Ltd.

Sandra Turner

Sandra joined the board in May 2019.  She has many years’ experience in the consumer goods and retail sectors, including for Wilkinson Sword, Unilever and Tesco, where she was commercial director of Tesco Ireland.  Sandra is also a non-executive director, senior independent director and chair of the remuneration committee of Greggs plc, non-executive director and chair of the remuneration committee of Carpetright plc and non-executive director and chair of the remuneration committee of McBride plc, as well as a non-executive director of Huhtamäki Oyj.