Charles Dent has chosen to retire as Chairman of the board at the next Annual General Meeting, on 15th December 2017.
Charles first joined the board in 1980 as a non-executive, with his father-in-law, Sir John Taylor (later Lord Ingrow) as MD & Chairman. He then joined to work full time in 1992 taking over as Managing Director in 1995 with Michael Carr as Chairman (1995-2002). Charles became Chairman in 2014 with the appointment of Tim Dewey as Chief Executive.
As a result of Charles’ retirement, the board has unanimously appointed Tim Clarke, currently our Senior Independent Director (SID), as Chairman with Mike Bramley taking the role of SID.
Tim Clarke has been a Director of Timothy Taylor since 2010, and SID since 2014 and has an extensive business background; most recently being appointed Chairman of Birmingham Airport. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Hall and Woodhouse, brewers & pub operators, based in Dorset.
Mike Bramley has been a Director of Timothy Taylor since 2012 and a trustee of our pension fund. He was previously Managing Director of Mitchells & Butlers and is Chairman of their pension fund.
In Charles’s letter to shareholders to inform them of his decision, Charles said the following:
I have been enormously privileged to work here and whatever has been achieved has only been possible with the support of all the very special members of this Company and its products together with our loyal customers and suppliers.
In recognition of his service he will be given the title of “Hon President” and will continue to assist the Company as needed.