Non-executive Directors and Advisers
Terra Firma works with a range of operating partners chosen for their knowledge and experience in a particular industry, function or discipline. These individuals provide independent views on the portfolio businesses’ performance as well as insights into specific business sectors and how changing political landscapes might affect potential investments and opportunities in new markets.
Mark joined the Board of CPC in 2008 and was subsequently appointed as Chairman in 2012.
Mark is a former partner of Clayton Utz, one of Australia’s leading commercial law firms, where he practised corporate and commercial law and headed up the agribusiness practice. John has provided advice to some of Australia’s leading agribusiness companies.
He is a former Director of St John of God Health Care, a leading Australian private hospital and health care operator. Mark has retained a personal involvement in agriculture all his working life and currently farms in the Margaret River region. Mark graduated with a law degree from the University of Western Australia.
Margaux has been a Non-Executive Director of Lake Wood Holdings Pty Ltd (parent company of CPC) since 2015.
Margaux has more than 30 years’ experience as a highly regarded corporate, capital and value advisor. She has completed transactions involving a number of food and agribusiness divestments, acquisitions, IPOs, takeovers, and takeover defence mandates.
Margaux is also a Non-Executive Director of Mulgowie Fresh Pty Ltd, a large horticultural company, and Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that has been developing leaders for rural, regional and remote Australia for more than 25 years.
She is an Executive Director with BDO Corporate Finance. Before joining BDO, she worked with a specialist agribusiness advisory firm, Schroders Investment Bank and a private equity fund.
Margaux has a life-long association with the agricultural industry from having been raised on a cattle station in Outback Australia. She maintains a private investment in the beef industry.
Academic qualifications held by Margaux include a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (with Honours) and a Master of Commerce (Dean’s Honour Roll for Outstanding Academic Excellence). She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Arjan has worked with Terra Firma for several years. He joined Terra Firma in 2007 and until 2015 was a Managing Director, leading the refinancing and disposals of Deutsche Annington and Tank & Rast amongst others.
More recently, Arjan has served as an adviser to Terra Firma and to a number of portfolio businesses, including Four Seasons Health Care and Wyevale Garden Centres.
He has extensive real estate experience and is currently a Trustee of European Residential REIT. Before joining Terra Firma in 2007, Arjan was Head of Asset Management at Citi Property Investors, having previously worked at Prudential Securities and Rabobank.
He has an MBA from INSEAD and a Master’s degree from the University of Utrecht.
Rupert has worked withTerra Firma since 2006. He was appointed to the board of Wyevale Garden Centres as a Non-Executive Director in 2014 and was previously CEO of Odeon & UCI Cinemas during its ownership by Terra Firma.
Prior to joining Odeon & UCI, Rupert served as the Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide, and held senior positions at BT and Dixons.
He is currently Chairman of Historic Royal Palaces and Chairman of the Honours Committee for the Media and the Arts. He is also Non-Executive Director of Countrywide Plc, Chairman of Incidental Colman Ltd, a West End theatre producing company, chairs The Living Room Cinema Company and is Chairman of DNeg plc, the global video effects company.
Rupert received an exhibition in Economics from Magdalene College, Cambridge.
Lee joined Food Folk as an adviser in August 2018.
Lee has extensive experience in consumer-facing, retail and digital businesses as well as in franchising and food delivery. Lee was Chief Financial Officer of Domino’s Pizza Group plc from 2004 until 2014, when he retired from executive roles.
Lee has previously held a number of Non-Executive and Senior Independent Director Roles and Chair of Audit Committees in FTSE 250 companies, notably Chairman of On The Beach plc and Senior Independent Director and Chair of the August Committee at Softcat plc.
Lee is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales as well as a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. Lee qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse.
Julia has been an adviser to Terra Firma for many years.
Julia joined Linklaters & Paines as an articled clerk in 1984 and qualified as a solicitor in 1986. She remained with Linklaters until 1996.
Julia is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hand Picked Hotels, founded in 1999. The award winning collection consists of 19 unique country house hotels across the UK and the Channel Islands. In 2017, Julia and her husband Guy agreed a deal to acquire McDonald’s Nordic operations, which consist of approximately 435 restaurants, 95% of which are franchised. The family’s estate in Tuscany, Villa Saletta, is home to a vineyard that produces award-winning wine and olive oil.
Julia won The Tourism and Leisure business sector in the First Women Awards in 2005, organised by the CBI in conjunction with Real Business magazine. She was awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry in 2008 and has acquired numerous accolades for the hotel collection, including AA Hotel Group of the Year 2004-2005 and 2012-2013. Julia is a Bancroft Fellow of Mansfield College Oxford and a Fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. She is also a member of the University of Oxford Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors.
Julia studied Classics and Law at King’s College, Cambridge. She passed her Law Finals at the School of Law, Chancery Lane, London.
Stephen has served on the boards of a number of Terra Firma businesses and most recently was a Non-Executive Director of brighterkind.
Through his privately-owned investment firm, Stellican Ltd, Stephen was previously Chairman and controlling shareholder of US-based Chris-Craft boats, Chairman and controlling shareholder of Indian Motorcycle in the USA, President and controlling shareholder of Riva boats in Italy, and was the first foreigner to acquire an Italian Premier League football club, Vicenza Calcio.
Stephen began his career at Boston Consulting Group. He has a degree in Classics from Magdalen College, Oxford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Baroness Liddell has served as Independent Chairman of Annington Limited since 2017.
She was a Member of Parliament from 1994 to 2005, during which time she held a number of influential positions, including Secretary of State for Scotland, Minister of State for Transport, Energy. She was also British High Commissioner to Australia from 2005 to 2009 and was made a life peer in 2010.
Previously, Baroness Liddell chaired G3 (Good Governance Group) between 2014 and 2018, and held leading roles in the Scottish Trades Union Congress. She was also a BBC economics correspondent, Executive Director of Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd and Chief Executive of Business Ventures.
Baroness Liddell holds a degree in Economics from the University of Strathclyde.
Sagra has been Chairperson of the Naga Brands Group, a Hands Family personal investment, since 2017. Naga invests in premium consumer and luxury brands.
Sagra has advised a number of private equity and investment firms in evaluating potential investments in the branded retail and consumer, fashion and luxury goods sectors. She became involved with Amanda Wakeley in early 2012, when she was an adviser on the acquisition of a stake in the company, and subsequently became a member of the Board of Directors and later the CEO, stepping down at the end of 2014. Until the end of 2010, Sagra was the Managing Director of the Luxury & Retail division of a family office investment company, Reig Capital Group. She spent the bulk of her career at US investment bank JP Morgan in London, as a top ranked equity analyst, and latterly as Global Coordinator of the Retail & Luxury Goods team and Co-head of the Pan European General Retail team.
Sagra is heavily involved with a number of charitable and non-profit organisations, including as Board member of Vital Voices Global Partnership and Cochair of Vital Voices Europe.
Sagra has an MBA from Columbia Business School in Economics from the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Antonio has been involved with Villa Saletta, a Hands Family personal investment, since 2006, and became Chairman in 2017.
He was admitted in 2001 to the Italian Supreme Court and in 2002, he founded MANCA GRAZIADEI – STUDIO LEGALE, with offices in Rome, Edinburgh and Shanghai.
In 35 years’ practice as a lawyer, Antonio has acquired extensive experience in commercial and company law, litigation, property law, labour law, family and inheritance law, immigration law, trusts and mediation. He is a Non-Executive Director in a number of Italian and international companies.
Antonio is a member of the Rome Bar, the Criminal Chamber of Rome, the Rome Justice Section of Italian Democratic Party (PD), the Travellers Club in London and the Writers of the Signet Society in Edinburgh.
He was educated at Lycée Chateaubriand, Rome (1965-1971); Loretto School, Edinburgh (1971-1975); and Università La Sapienza, Rome, obtaining a Law Degree magna cum laude (1985).
Glen has been a Non-Executive Director of Villa Saletta, a Hands Family personal investment, since 2016.
From 1987 to 1991, Glen was Chief Executive of Fidelity International and prior to that spent 18 years at Citigroup, where he was a Group Executive and Member of the Policy Committee.
Glen has previously served as Chairman of Virgin Money and Pearson PLC, Deputy Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council, Deputy Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group, Senior Independent Director, Man Group plc., and a Trustee of the Prince of Liechtenstein Foundation.
Glen is currently Director, Fidelity International Ltd., Chairman of the FIL Remuneration Committee and a member of the FIL Audit Committee.
Glen is a Mentor for Chairman Mentors International (‘CMi’). He is also an Honorary Governor of The Ditchley Foundation and a former director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Susanne has been a Non-Executive Director of Food Folk Group, Norway since 2018.
Susanne is a Partner of the Norwegian law firm Arntzen de Besche where she works with corporate law including M&A, board advisory work (including on ESG matters) and compliance. She was a Partner of Wikborg Rein from 1993 to 2018, working with corporate and securities law transactions and compliance, and she was Managing Partner from 2011 to 2016.
Susanne currently holds a number of board positions, both with commercial and non-profit entities.
Susanne graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, and holds a Diploma of International Affairs from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna, and a Master of Laws, International Law, from Georgetown University.
Ali is the Founder and CEO of Panarae, a merchant bank specialising in the financing and development of global businesses through special situation investment opportunities.
Ali previously serves as a Director at Terra Firma and was a part of the European investment team. Ali has been involved with transactions in the agriculture, aviation leasing, real estate, retail, renewable energy and hospitality and leisure industries.
Ali is a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania.
João joined Food Folk as an adviser in September 2018.
He is currently the founder and CEO of Porta Branca, a consulting firm advising companies in the Food & Beverage, Consumer Goods, Hospitality and Retail sectors in Europe, USA and Asia.
Before founding his company, João spent 17 years with McDonald’s Corporation in senior management roles in Paris, Geneva and Chicago. He was CEO of McDonald’s Portugal (150 stores), CEO of McDonald’s South Europe (9 countries, 1,400 stores), Senior VP in McDonald’s France (1,500 stores) and Senior VP McDonald’s Europe (6,000 stores). João’s last position with McDonald’s was Chief Franchising Officer Worldwide, heading the global franchising board.
João is an “Executive in Residence” in Católica Lisbon Business School, the leading academic institution in Portugal, and he also plays an active role in the Portuguese Network Council, an advisory board to the Portuguese President on matters of foreign investment and globalisation. João is currently a member of the board in the Ronald McDonald House of Charities and was previously a member of the Board of SL Benfica Football Club.
Sir Ivor has been a Non-Executive Director of Villa Saletta, a Hands Family personal investment, since 2006 with a three-year break from 2015 to 2018.
As a former British diplomat, Sir Ivor’s postings included Lebanon, Paris, Canberra, Vanuatu, Madrid and finally ambassadorial positions in Belgrade, Dublin and Rome. In the 1980s, he was Head of Counter-Terrorism in the Foreign Office.
After retirement from the Diplomatic Service, Sir Ivor was elected as President of Trinity College Oxford from 2006 to 2017, and was Chairman of the Council of the British School of Archaeology and Fine Arts in Rome from 2007 to 2012. He has published two editions of the diplomat’s bible, Satow’s Diplomatic Practice and a memoir of the Yugoslav wars, ‘Conversations with Milošević’.
Sir Ivor is a Patron of the Venice in Peril Fund and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists. He is also Chair of the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association. For many years a rugby referee, he is currently President of Oxford University Rugby Football Club. He is the Chair of Trustees of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, holds a degree in modern languages, was a Senior Associate Member at St Antony’s College, Oxford and holds Honorary Fellowships from both Trinity and Keble Colleges at Oxford. He is a Visiting Professor at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
Lars Kristian Sande has been a Non-Executive Director of Food Folk Group, Norway since June 2019.
Lars Kristian is a Partner and Deputy Head of the Norwegian law firm BAHR’s Corporate M&A group, where he primarily focuses on M&A within a relatively broad range of sectors, acting primarily for private equity and large industrial and technology corporations. Prior to joining BAHR as a Senior Lawyer in 2010, Lars Kristian was a Senior Associate at Telenor Group Legal and Thommessen.
Lars Kristian graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen, where he was also a research assistant and a teacher.
Jos has served as Independent Deputy Chairman of Annington Limited since March 2017.
He is also the Chairman of pan-European investment management firm Principal Real Estate Europe, formerly INTERNOS Global Investors, of which he was Chairman and founder.
Jos served as a Non-Executive Director at Great Portland Estates plc from 2007 to 2018, and at Big Yellow Self Storage between 2000 and 2012. Previously, Jos was CEO of Pramerica’s real estate private equity business and head of Lazard Bros’ European real estate M&A unit. Prior to this, he held senior roles at Barings and S.G. Warburg.
Jos is a member of The Chartered Institute of Bankers and has a degree in Banking and Finance from Loughborough University of Technology.