Guy Chambers is the Managing Director of James Finlay Limited (“Finlays”).
Guy joined John Swire & Sons in 1993. Prior to being posted to London in 2015, Guy worked in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan for Swire, most recently as COO of Damin (the world’s largest tea extract manufacturer) and COO of Swire Beverages (the largest Coca-Cola franchise bottler in China).
In April 2014, Guy was appointed to the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation to advise the Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce, Economic and Development on matters relating to the participation of Hong Kong in the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. Guy has also served as an advisor to Chatham House, the UK think-tank, on matters relating to Greater China.
Guy is a graduate of the Chinese Department of Cambridge University and a fluent Mandarin speaker.
Julian Rutherford is the Group Finance Director of James Finlay Limited (“Finlays”).
Julian joined Finlays as Group Finance Director in January 2013. Since joining Finlays he has led the acquisitions of both Autocrat (2014) and Casa Fuentes (2014) and the disposal of the Horticulture businesses (2015). Prior to joining Finlays he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC before joining Associated British Foods plc where he worked for 16 years for a variety of food businesses and in several finance roles.
Julian Davies is the Director of Corporate Affairs at James Finlay Limited (“Finlays”) and a member of the Group Board of Directors.
Julian joined Finlays in 2014 as Director of Compliance and Risk before becoming Director of Corporate Affairs in 2016 following the addition of Corporate Communications to his role scope. Julian is a practicing lawyer with international experience in risk, compliance and communications leadership in fast moving and customer driven environments.
Prior to joining Finlays, Julian worked for a city law firm before going on to hold a number of senior legal and risk roles at Vodafone and Sainsbury’s Supermarkets.
Julian is a graduate of The University of Liverpool and the College of Law.
Simeon is the Managing Director of James Finlay (Kenya) Limited (JFK), a wholly owned subsidiary of James Finlay Limited. Established in the 1930s, JFK owns 10,500 hectares of land to the West of South West Mau forest, in Kericho and Bomet Districts of Western Kenya, and produces tea and tea extracts, cut flowers, and forestry products. JFK employs approximately 13,000 people.
Simeon joined JFK in August 2008 after a career spanning 20 years with one of Kenya’s leading tea producers. During his time in the tea sector, Simeon has been exposed to all of the different facets of production and marketing of tea. He was Chairman of the Nandi branch of Kenya Tea Growers Association in 2001/02 and between 2009 and 2011 he served as a Director at the Tea Board of Kenya.
Simeon holds a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading.
Dushanth Ratwatte is the Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka Tea Estates which consists of Hapugastenne Plantations PLC and Udapussellawa Plantations PLC, two regional plantation companies quoted on the Colombo Stock Exchange.
Finlays commenced its agribusiness in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon), in 1890 and now owns and manages the Hapugastenne and Udapussellawa Plantations PLC.
Dushanth was educated at Trinity College in Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka, and joined the plantations as Trainee Assistant Superintendent at Mahawala Estate in 1986. Since then he has been involved in all aspects of tea and rubber planting, manufacturing and plantation management. He has overseas experience working in Indonesia and was involved in clearing and new planting of tea for over two years.
Dushanth worked for Boawantalawa Plantations PLC for over 20 years playing diverse managerial roles, and served as General Manager Marketing prior to joining Finlays in 2014 as General Manager Sales & Marketing.
Dushanth was appointed as Director/Chief Operating Officer in 2015 and thereafter appointed Director/Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka Tea Estates in 2016.
Neil Willsher is the Managing Director of Finlay Extracts and Ingredients (FEI), a leading global supplier of tea, coffee and plant extracts. The business sustainably sources tea, supplying for either direct use by end customers or for use in its own Extraction facilities in Kenya, China and South America. FEI is one of the worlds largest independent tea suppliers and the world’s largest extracts producer supplying many of the world’s leading brands.
Neil who has a BSc in Geological Sciences and a Master’s in Business Administration spent the first 15 yrs of his career working throughout Africa in the Oil Exploration industry, latterly moving into management and a role in consultancy. He joined Finlays in 1997 as General Manager of the rapidly expanding horticulture business in Kericho. He moved to Finlay Beverages in the UK as Managing Director of the Tea and Coffee Packing business in 2003. Returning to Africa in 2007 when he took up the role of Managing Director of Finlays Horticulture Africa following the acquisition of the Flamingo Group. Neil moved to his current role in London with FEI in 2012.
Hunter Crawford joined the Swire Group in 1978 and has held a number of senior positions in the Group including as Executive Director of the Trading and Industrial Division of Swire Pacific in Hong Kong.
Hunter has worked in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Japan, the U.S., the UK, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Hunter holds a BA (Honours) Degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford.
Hunter was appointed as Managing Director of Finlays Colombo PLC with effect from the 1st of September 2015.
Michael Pennant-Jones is Group Head of Sustainability of James Finlay Ltd a leading global supplier of tea, coffee and plant extracts.
Michael has worked in sustainability related issues since 1993, joining the tea trade in 1997. He has experience of working in many tea producing countries from Argentina to Papua New Guinea, including living and working in South India.
Joining Finlays in 2005 he has worked on a broader sustainability agenda covering the long-term issues that will impact on Finlays and the tea industry and Finlays operations including the opportunities it provides, from smallholder development, gender empowerment, standards and certification to climate change mitigation strategies.
He was a co-founding partner of Tea2030, currently sits on the Tea Advisory Group for Utz cert. and on the Swire Sustainability Committee. He has previously chaired and sat on a number working groups at the Ethical Trading Initiative.
Michael holds an MA in African History from Aberdeen and post-graduate in Development Studies, and MA in Development Studies.
Steve Scott is the General Manager of Finlay Flowers in Kenya, a subsidiary business of James Finlays Kenya Ltd. Finlay Flowers exports over one hundred and thirty million flowers to overseas buyers. Its most predominant markets are UK supermarkets including Marks and Spencers, Tesco, Waitrose, Coop, Sainsburys and Next.
Steve joined Finlays in 2014. Prior to joining the company he ran his own consultancy business in the horticultural industry, helping to salvage struggling horticultural businesses, developing flower farms in Kenya from green field sites and trading flowers across the world.
Steve has been in the horticultural business his whole working life. He was educated in the United Kingdom, at Sedbergh School in Cumbria to begin with and then at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where he studied Environmental Engineering.
Steve is a British citizen but was born in Nairobi. He is fluent in Swahili and also holds a current private pilot’s licence.
Ian Bryson is the Managing Director of Finlay Beverages UK Ltd and The New London Tea Company. Finlay Beverages is one of the leading tea and coffee packers in the UK blending and packing circa 7mkg of tea plus roasting and packing circa 5mkg of coffee. Finlay Beverages is a wholly owned subsidiary of James Finlay Limited.
Ian joined Finlay Beverages in 2013 after spending the previous six years within the hot beverages industry.
Ian is also an active member of the wider industry and is currently vice chairman of the British Coffee Association and a previous executive member of the UK tea and Infusions Association.
Antonio Fernandez-Espinosa is the Managing Director of Casa Fuentes S.A.C.I.F.I., the largest producer and exporter of tea in Argentina. Casa Fuentes owns five tea estates and two packing plants for bulk tea in the Province of Misiones, located in the north east of Buenos Aires, on the border between Brazil and Paraguay.
Casa Fuentes, a family company, was founded in Buenos Aires in 1936, originally as a coffee company and tea importers from India and Sri Lanka. Later in 1952, they started operating in Misiones which marked the beginning of tea production in Argentina.
Antonio has been involved in the tea business for 60 years; he was president of Casa Fuentes for more than 30 years until August 2014, from when the company became wholly owned by Finlays. Throughout his years as president, he was dedicated to developing international customer relations and was very much involved in tea production and the modernisation of the company’s factories.
He was president of the Argentina Chamber of Tea for 15 years until September 2015, and is a graduate from the School of Commerce of Buenos Aires.