Board & Management
Iain Ferguson, CBE
Iain is also chairman of Hallmarq Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of Balfour Beatty plc and of Personal Assets Trust plc. He is also Deputy-Chair of Council of Cranfield University and Governor Emeritus of the British Nutrition Foundation.
Iain was CEO of Tate & Lyle from 2003 until 2009 and had previously been with Unilever for 26 years following graduation from St Andrews University. He has previously served on the Boards of Sygen plc, Gregg’s plc, Berendsen plc, Companies House Defra and Wilton Park. He was awarded a CBE for services to the food industry in 2003.
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.
Andrew was previously on the boards of Berendsen plc, Lavendon plc and Air Partner plc as a Non-Executive Director. In 2001 he was appointed Group Finance Director of BBA Aviation plc, a position he held until 2011 when he retired from the role. Throughout his career Andrew has held numerous Finance Director and Financial Controller positions across the electronics and aviation sectors and he has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants since 1975.
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).