Board & Management
David Shearer was appointed Non-Executive Chairman following the Stobart Group AGM on 23 July, 2019. David is an experienced independent director and corporate financier. He is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Speedy Hire Plc, Aberdeen New Dawn Investment Trust plc and the Scottish Edge Fund.
David was previously the senior partner of Deloitte LLP for Scotland and Northern Ireland, and a UK executive board member of the firm. He has subsequently held the positions of co-Chairman of Martin Currie (Holdings) Limited, Chairman of Mouchel Group plc and Crest Nicholson plc and a Non-Executive Director of City Inn Limited, in each case standing down after completing the successful restructuring of these businesses. David was also Non-Executive Chairman of Liberty Living Group plc and Liberty Living Finance plc, Senior Independent Director of Renold plc, STV Group plc and Superglass Holdings plc and Non-Executive Director of Mithras Investment Trust plc.
Chief Executive Officer
Warwick was appointed CEO in July 2017, having worked closely with the Group since 2011, whilst he was Chief Operating Officer for easyJet, as part of unlocking capacity constraints at London’s several airports including London Southend Airport. Warwick played a key part in easyJet’s growth to a FTSE 100 business. Warwick has significant experience in the aviation sector, having worked in senior executive roles at easyJet, Ryanair and Kingfisher/Air Deccan in India. He also has a background in private equity in manufacturing and technology and holds an MBA. He has held board positions at Airline Group and NATS (National Air Traffic Services), the UK’s airspace provider, and is currently a Non-Executive Director of FirstGroup plc, a leading transport operator in the UK and North America.
Chief Operating Officer
Nick Dilworth joined Stobart Group as Group Commercial Director in November 2017 from BES Utilities, where he was Managing Director. He was appointed to the Board as an Executive Director and promoted to Chief Operating Officer as of 1st September 2018. Nick has previously occupied a number of leadership roles at Practice Plan Limited, Medenta Finance and BES Utilities, and has a strong commercial background. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with BDO before joining Grant Thornton as a Corporate Financier.
Chief Financial Officer
Lewis Girdwood was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director on 1 April 2019.
Lewis previously served as Chief Financial Officer to IAG Cargo, which provides global cargo services to British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and other IAG airlines. Prior to that, he was Head of Financial Planning and Analysis at easyJet, responsible for financial business partnering across the airline.
Lewis has also held senior finance roles at Premier Foods PLC, British Bakeries Ltd and Racal Electronics Group International.
With a background in financial public relations and investment banking, Ginny Pulbrook brings more than 30 years’ experience as a board level adviser to quoted companies in the infrastructure, industrial and support services sectors. She is a Partner at Capital Market Communications (‘Camarco’). Prior to joining Camarco in 2014, Ginny co-founded and spent 26 years at one of the UK’s leading financial public relations firms, Citigate Dewe Rogerson. Her specific areas of expertise include high profile capital markets transactions and change management. A former Development Council Member of the Natural History Museum, she is currently a Trustee for Carers (UK) the UK’s leading charity for unpaid carers.
John joined the Stobart Group Board on 1 July 2014. He has been the Managing Director of Unilever Ventures Ltd for the past 16 years, during which time he has chaired the Investment Committee and made investments in 50 early-stage businesses, in the UK, US and Europe. He has sat on the boards of 20 companies, five as Chairman. Currently he is Non-Executive Chairman of The Co-op’s Federal Retail and Trading Services Limited which coordinates purchasing for Co-operative retailers in the UK, Innovate UK’s Emerging Technologies & Industries Advisory Board and The Big Innovation Centre Governing Board.
David Blackwood has significant experience at senior levels of Finance, Audit and Risk. He holds Non-Executive Director positions at Dignity plc and Scapa Group plc where he is also Chairman of the Audit Committee. Previous positions include Chief Financial Officer of Synthomer plc where he was employed for seven years. Prior to this he held a number of senior roles with ICI plc. David has also previously served as a member of the Cabinet Office Audit and Risk Committee and the Board for Actuarial Standards. David is a member of the Stobart Group Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees and will become Chairman of the Audit Committee in June 2019. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).