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Matt Tomlinson

Managing Director“Fortune favours the brave”

Richard Harris

Sales & Marketing Director“I've got a burning heart, keeps me moving, and keeps me looking for life…”

With over 20 years’ experience in the FMCG sector, Richard is an accomplished sales and marketing professional who has led the growth of many international companies. In his early career, Richard headed up the team at St Ivel which launched the well- known spreads brand ‘Utterly Butterly’ into all trade channels. Richard then went on to become the Group Sales Director for the beauty brand owner Vivalis Ltd., where he initiated and managed many business transformation projects, one of the most notable being the successful rebrand and repositioning of the collection 2000 make up line and its introduction to Boots, which went on to displace Christian Dior’s position in the UK’s top 10 cosmetic brands. Today, Richard heads up the Standard Brands sales and marketing team globally, establishing new markets such as the Middle East and growing key existing market share. Richard loves to travel and is passionate about music, spending his down time discovering new bands and going to as many gigs as possible!

Denis McCourt

Finance & Factory Director“I'm sorry, if you were right, I'd agree with you.”

A qualified accountant, Denis worked in private practice for the first part of his career dealing with a wide variety of clients. Post qualification, he moved into industry, working in a number of divisions of the Rennicks Group owned by the Fitzwilton Group, where his roles included responsibility for management accounts’ preparation, project costings and cash flow management. He joined Standard Brands after its incorporation in 2001 as Assistant Financial Controller and was appointed Finance Director in September 2008. Denis was appointed Factory Director in 2010.

Pat Kiernan

Director Head of Finance & IT“Don’t go home any day without learning something new.”

Previously Financial Controller in one of the largest furniture wholesalers in Ireland and UK. Based in Dundalk Co Louth, was part of a team which grew the business into a successful wholesale business, doubling turnover in 3 years and opened a distribution centre in the UK along with a direct sell internet business. Prior to that was employed by Irish Food Processors Group (now ABP) for 24 years and filled a number of key positions in the company such as Group Consolidation Accountant, Group Treasury Accountant, and Group Management Accountant.  Joined  Standard Brands in September 2011 as Group Financial Controller and was appointed to the Board of Directors in March 2015.  Pat is also Director of local Credit Union, Trustee of local Community Centre and has coached and mentored numerous successful underage Gaelic football teams over the past 13 years.

Alison Whiting

Head of Marketing“Life is too short, just go for it and figure it out after!”

Siân Melrose

Marketing Manager“If you don't like something make a positive step and change it.”

Thomas Carr

Assistant Brand Manager“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”

Craig Eaton

Marketing Executive“You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.”

Debbie Hallgren

Head of Trading Support“The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better.”

Angelica Harris

Category Manager“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”

Irina Lankovskaya

Category Insight Analyst“I'm an optimist. Taking a step backward after a step forward is not a disaster, it's more like a CHA-CHA.”

Peter Lewin

Trading Controller UK, Canada & Scandinavia“Nothing in life worth achieving comes easy. The tougher the challenge, the sweeter the taste of success.”

Stuart McCready

Trading Controller, Ireland & General Manager, USA“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

Paul Furnell

International Trading Controller – Europe & Emerging Markets, Sales“Forging friendships building business”

Piotr Hinzinger

International Sales Manager - Belgium and New Markets“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Laurene Parkin

International Sales Manager - France“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”

Amanda Love

Office Manager“Lost forever in a happy crowd!”

Angela Casey

Office Manager“Money, Money, Money must be funny in a rich man’s world” – because I really “work all day to pay the bill I have to pay.”

Jennifer Clarke

Accounts Administrator“Keep Calm and Ukulele on.”

Anne Moore

Payroll Administrator“I spend my life putting money in their wallets.”

Eugene Winters

Assistant Financial Controller“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

Ellen Reid

Commercial Accountant“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way”

Freddie Vernon

Quality Assurance / Technical Manager“……intelligent, innovative, witty, handsome…….and above all else, modest!”

Renato Carvalho

Quality and Technical Coordinator“We live in a world where mediocrity is often rewarded. If you win a race against 10 mediocre people, you are still just mediocre.”

Bronagh McKeown

QA and Technical Coordinator“Always seize the opportunity to learn or try something new.”

Barry McClean

Interim Production Planner“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

Philip Reynolds

Engineering Manager“When it does not exist, design it”

Gordon McDonnell

Manufacturing / Quality Coordinator“Yey though I walk through the valley of the Shadow of Death, I fear no evil because; I have all the ‘Risk Assessments & Safety Policies’ with me.”

Gerry O'Dowd

Production Manager“If you want different results you have to try different approaches.”

Sharon McDonnell

Factory Planner“Get busy living or busy dying.”

Jim Ryan

Production Development Manager“If you keep doing what you are doing you will keep getting what you have got.”

Kresimir Peradinovic

Procurement Manager“Buying is a profound pleasure”

Catherine Mulvihill

Co-Pack Planner“Keeping it lit worldwide.”

Aileen Brown

Transport Co-Coordinator“Shipping all over The World.”


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