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Our Team



Simon Turner


Simon was appointed non-executive Chairman on 1 December 2023, having served as a non-executive Director since March 2020. After spending the early part of his career in the legal profession he became Chairman of the Camellia Foundation, stepping down in November 2023. He is Chairman of the Nomination committee and a member of the Remuneration committee. 

Byron Coombs

Chief Executive Officer

Byron was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 25 September 2023. Byron has extensive experience in the financial and investment management sectors and served as CEO of the Group’s private bank, Duncan Lawrie, from 2014 until its sale in 2017, since when Byron has been employed by the Group as Investment Director.

Graham Mclean

Director of Agriculture

Graham, a qualified agriculturalist, was appointed as Director of Agriculture in October 2014. He was previously Regional Director of the Group's African operations and has worked for the Group for more than 25 years. He is a non-executive director of Kakuzi Plc. 

Susan Walker

Chief Financial Officer

Susan was appointed Chief Financial Officer for the Group in June 2015. She joined Camellia as Finance Director Designate in July 2014. She is a chartered certified accountant and a non-executive director of Goodricke Group Limited and of United Finance Limited. 

Non-executive directors

Frederic Vuilleumier

Independent non-executive director

Frederic was appointed as an independent non-executive Director in March 2013. He is a partner of Oberson Abels SA, a law office based in Geneva, Switzerland. He became a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination committees in June 2022. 

Stephen Buckland

Non-executive director

Stephen was appointed as a non-executive Director in 2021. He previously held positions within the Camellia Group's agricultural and banking businesses. He holds an executive position within The Camellia Foundation, a UK charity whose primary donor of the same name is the ultimate majority shareholder of Camellia Plc. He is also a director of the Camellia Private Trust Company (the trustee of The Camellia Foundation (Bermuda)) and director of Camellia Holding AG. He is a member of the Audit committee.

Rachel English

Independent non-executive director

Rachel was appointed as an independent non-executive director in May 2022. She is a chartered accountant with extensive international and general management experience, having founded and served on the board of several significant businesses. She has substantial experience and interest in ESG matters. She became chair of the Audit and Remuneration committees and joined the Nomination committee in June 2022. 

Company Secretary

Denise Bodri

Senior Legal Counsel & Company Secretary

Agricultural Executive Committee

Arun Singh

Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director cum CEO, Goodricke Group Ltd

Imran Ahmed

Chief Executive of the Group's Bangladesh operations, Duncan Brothers Bangladesh Ltd

Chris Flowers

Regional Director for the Group’s Kenya and Malawi Operations

Allen Tweedie

Interim Managing Director of the Groups operations in Malawi, Eastern Produce Malawi Ltd

Johan de Kock

Managing Director of the Group's operations in South Africa, Eastern Produce Estates South Africa

Luke Edwards

Managing Director of the Group’s operations in Tanzania, EP(T) East Africa Ltd.

Alex Geovani Bruch

General Manager of the Group's operations in Brazil, C. C. Lawrie Comércio e Participações Ltda.

Robert Nithsdale

Managing Director of Bardsley England.

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