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Shine Group CFO named audit chairperson at Greggs

Allison Kirkby to take up position after May AGM

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UK High Street bakery chain Greggs has named media company Shine Group’s CFO Allison Kirkby as an independent non-executive director and the chairperson of its audit committee.

In a statement, Greggs said Kirkby would take over her audit responsibilities following Ian Durant’s appointment as board chairman after its Annual General Meeting on May 15. However, she would join the company board ahead of that at the end of January.

Before becoming the Shine Group CFO, Kirkby worked for Virgin Media as executive director of finance operations and transformation. Prior to Virgin Media, she was with Procter & Gamble for 20 years in a variety of senior finance and operational roles.

Kirkby, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), currently chairs the finance committee of In Kind Direct.

Greggs’ chairman Derek Netherton said, “We are very pleased to welcome Allison Kirkby to the board. She will bring additional financial expertise and experience, and her background in consumer brand businesses and media organisations will be of great value in the next phase of the development of our brand.”

Her appointment comes as Greggs revealed it was refocusing corporate investment on shop refits rather than new store openings over 2013. The baking company also said it was extending its link-up with the UK armed forces caterer – Navy, Army and Air Force Institute – to supply British forces stationed overseas.

Greggs said details of the extension would be provided at a later date. The move, to supply the armed forces, has been hailed as a success by market analysts.


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