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Leadership

Find out more about our current executive leadership team, that oversee the day to day activities for Wincanton.


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James Wroath

Chief Executive Officer

James was appointed Chief Executive Officer in September 2019. He was formerly Head of North America with LSG Sky Chefs, the airline catering division of Lufthansa AG, best known as one of the world’s largest airline and rail catering and hospitality companies. Before joining LSG in 2015, James worked for Kuehne + Nagel as the SVP in North America for both Contract Logistics and Overland Transportation, as well as Managing Director in the UK for their Drinks Logistics business. Prior to this, he was Head of Distribution for Scottish & Newcastle plc.


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Tim Lawlor

Chief Financial Officer

Tim joined Wincanton in September 2015 as the Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Director on the Board. Tim was previously the Director of Finance and Strategy with Serco Group plc, the international service company, where he also held a number of senior operational and group roles. He was a Non-executive Director and Audit Committee Chairman of the Institute of Directors until December 2015. Prior to Serco, Tim was Group Financial Controller at Sea Containers Limited. Tim is a Chartered Accountant.


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Sally Austin

Chief People Officer (CPO)

Sally joined Wincanton in August 2019 as Chief People Office and a member of the Executive Management Team. Sally was previously the Group HR Director with Costain Group plc, a British technology based construction and engineering company, where she held a variety of HR roles and became Group HR Director in 2014. Prior to Costain, Sally began her career in HR at BAE Systems followed by Coopervision and latterly Eaton Corporation where she held a number of HR management roles across Europe at EMEA. Externally Sally is a Foundation Governor at Warwick Independent Schools Foundation and Chair of Governors for King’s High School, Warwick.


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Ian Keilty

Chief Operating Officer

Ian joined Wincanton in November 2018 as Managing Director – Retail and Consumer, and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in April 2020. He was previously Vice President, European Supply Chain, at Sysco and Chief Operating Officer at Brakes, the UK’s leading foodservice supplier. Ian has also held various positions on the operating boards and executive committees at Booker Group plc and Iceland Stores. Prior to this Ian worked in engineering and supply chain roles for Mars, British Gas and Nissan, and holds an MBA from London Business School.


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Chris Fenton

Managing Director - Specialist Services and Group Strategy Director

Chris was appointed Managing Director on 1 April 2016 having previously served as the Operations Director for Manufacturing and Group Business Transformation. Chris previously led Wincanton’s change management function, with responsibility for new business implementation and continuous improvement programmes. Prior to this, he held a number of senior operational and key account roles across a number of manufacturing, retail and industrial accounts. Chris holds a degree in International Transport from Cardiff University and an MBA from The University of Warwick.


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Richard Gifford

Chief Information Officer

Richard was appointed Chief Information Officer in April 2017 as is responsible for driving the IT and digitised strategy of the business whilst also ensuring that IT continues to support successful growth and operational requirements. He was formerly CIO of Carillion plc, driving the digital programmes in their Construction and Group Services businesses. Prior to joining Carillion, Richard began his career with Whitbread plc and has worked in other large plc and public sector organisations.


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Lyn Colloff

Company Secretary

Lyn was appointed Company Secretary in April 2020. She was formerly Company Secretary at Cobham plc for over 10 years and brings a wealth of experience to Wincanton. Lyn is a qualified Chartered Secretary and worked exclusively in the financial services sector before joining Cobham from the Financial Services Authority (now the Financial Conduct Authority), where she also performed the role of Deputy Company Secretary. Lyn sits on the Forum of the ICSA, the Governance Institute and completed an MBA at Aston University in 2004.

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