John McLean

(Non Executive Chairman)

John McLean, aged 62, is Non-executive Chairman of Sorbic International Plc, the leading Chinese sorbate producer and distributor and is executive Chairman of China Food Company plc, the 9th largest manufacturer and seller of soya sauce in China. He is a non-executive director of the China Britain Business Council (CBBC) and is Chair of VSO China. In addition, he is also a member of the VSO Federation Council. In 2007 he joined the board of Humberts plc, the estate agent, and became its Executive Chairman to lead its rescue and ultimate disposal. Prior to this, he carried out a strategic review for Gamma Holdings NV of their UK interests, including Sanderson, the textile and wallpaper company, and as its UK group managing director successfully implemented the turnaround and disposal plan. Sanderson was a global company which was brand and design led and had operations in America, Asia and China. In the nineties, he was Finance Director and then General Manager of ICS, the UK logistics and overnight courier business and co-led a management buy-out of the company with 3i, prior to its successful disposal to Hays plc. John is a Chartered Accountant and was previously with Coopers & Lybrand in both London and New York.

Jay Newman

(Non Executive Director)

James Shields (Jay) Newman, aged 58, has over 30 years of experience in international business, particularly in finance and relating to Greater China. He has managed businesses, teams and investment portfolios through numerous cycles in Greater China, the UK and North America. Jay currently advises UK and Chinese boards on strategy and development. Previously he was Managing Director of Alliance Trust PLC and Head of Global Equities and a Director at Citigroup Asset Management. Jay also speaks Mandarin Chinese. Mr Newman is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Grand Group Investment PLC and has had no other directorships in the past five years.

Last updated 05 May 2015