Muntons Management

Muntons plc – Executive Directors

Mark Tyldesley

Mark joined Muntons in 2017 in the new role of Deputy Managing Director and became Managing Director in January 2018. He has held senior positions with Proctor and Gamble, Tesco, Premier Foods and was latterly Chief Executive of Jeyes Group. Mark has had many years of international experience with roles in Africa, the Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe. Born in Beverley, Yorkshire, Mark comes from a family with a background in agriculture and the food industry. He grew up in the Suffolk area before studying law at Nottingham University. Amongst his interests are music, wildlife, skiing, golf and football.

Tim Stonehouse

Tim joined Muntons plc as a Malt Sales Manager in 1988, originally based in Scotland and specialising in the sales of malt to the Scotch whisky industry. Tim then moved into the UK domestic and international brewing malt markets and he was appointed to the Board of Muntons plc as Group Malt Sales Director in 1997. For 15 years Tim has represented the UK malting Industry at EUROMALT in Brussels. At first working on the Trade Committee and then on the Presidium (Board) where he held the position of Vice President of EUROMALT for 4 years. Tim resigned from EUROMALT in 2020 with the UK’s departure from the EU. Tim has completed 32 years in the malting industry, all with Muntons plc. Outside interests include rugby, reading, politics & current affairs and the occasional round of golf.

Neil Pearmain

Neil joined Muntons in 1987 on a management training programme and has held various roles in logistics, administration, and UK and export sales. He was appointed to the board in August 2005 and his current remit includes sales, marketing, customer services, demand and supply planning and group warehousing and logistics. He is a director of Muntons Ingredients Asia Pte Ltd and is President of Muntons Malted Ingredients Inc. In his younger days Neil enjoyed playing rugby and on occasions still turns out for the Stowmarket Veterans XV. He is a fanatical supporter of Harlequins and England Rugby. He enjoys keeping fit through circuit training and spin and has two sons who delight in running him ragged on the squash court.

Andy Simpson

Andy joined Muntons in March 2018 as Group Finance Director. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, with more than 20 years’ experience in senior positions in the food industry with Cadbury Schweppes, Campbell Soup and Bernard Matthews, where he was Group Finance Director. Most recently, Andy was Group CFO at the Jeyes Group, leading the business through a successful exit on behalf of its Private Equity owners. Andy has significant international experience having lived and worked in the USA, Bermuda, the Netherlands, and the Republic of Ireland. Andy is a keen golfer and a Norwich City season ticket holder.

Steve Miller

With over thirty years’ experience in the food industry, Steve brings a wealth of experience and a firm grasp of the demands of modern food manufacturing practices. Having previously managed sites making everything from base ingredients through to short shelf-life chilled products, Steve has a broad understanding of all aspects of business. In previous companies, he has held senior roles in manufacturing, technical and commercial areas of business and moves to Muntons following his previous senior positions in ‘Eat’ and the Kerry Group His interests include; music, golf, football, cricket, rugby and DIY.

Muntons plc – Non Executive Directors

Paul Wells – Chairman

Paul is a non-executive chair of two family-owned private companies: Muntons plc and Wells & Co., which are both in the East of England.

Muntons, which is celebrating its centenary this year, operates worldwide in the processing of malt and malted ingredients, and Wells & Co that has been brewing beer in Bedford since 1876. With a background in hospitality and marketing, Paul was an executive with Wells & Co for most of his career, developing its pub estate in the UK and France. 

He is involved with the Dame Alice Owen Foundation in the City of London and is a trustee of Drinkaware, the alcohol education charity.

Emily Groves

Emily joined Muntons as a Non-Executive Director in 2020. She is the creator of the energy consultancy - Indigo Swan; founded in 2010, working with over 600 organisations nationally. With incredible drive and passion Emily created a multi award-wining business that has a strong focus on organisational culture and engagement which boasts outstanding employee engagement scores. Emily has been a TEDx speaker and has won awards such as the prestigious IoD Young Director of the Year (East of England) and Investors in People Gold certification. Working as Managing Director of Indigo Swan until 2019, Emily now holds a Non-Executive Director position at Indigo Swan alongside her role with Muntons. She also co-founded the Culture:Awesome podcast, discussing all aspects of building, maintaining and improving company culture. Emily is now focusing on her passion for psychology and is currently undertaking a four year MSci in Psychology at the UEA in Norwich.

John Sutcliffe

John has extensive senior management and leadership experience in the global food industry having latterly served as a Divisional CEO of ABF plc a FTSE 100 plc. He also served as Managing Director of The Silver Spoon Company of British Sugar plc and Marketing Director of United Biscuits Confectionary. After retiring in October 2010 he was retained by ABF in roles of Chairman of The Jordans Ryvita Company and an NED on the board of AB Worldfoods. In May 2011 appointed as an NED at AG Thames Holdings, which with sales of £300m is one of the UK’s largest and most successful fruit businesses. John participates in key trade associations and is a keen golfer, gardener and enjoys sailing.

Peter Wells

Peter is Group Managing Director for Wells & Co, a family run business with a brewery in Bedford called Brewpoint, as well as pub operations in England and in France. With a history degree from Nottingham University and an MSc in Marketing from Cranfield University his background has been in the commercial arm of the business, which he joined 25 years ago. He has a passion for pubs, which is handy, as he now has a valid excuse to visit them on a daily basis.

Peter Wells