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Finlays - Neil Willsher - Managing Director of Finlay Extracts and Ingredients (FEI)

Neil Willsher

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.