In July 2008, LGV backed a new Chief Executive, Mark Crowther, along with the existing management team to acquire these pubs and drinks businesses with the intention of growing and developing all areas of the Company.
Declan qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986 and moved to Jersey where he spent 6 years in the accountancy profession with Coopers & Lybrand. In 1992 he joined Ann Street Group/CI Traders, previous publically quoted owners of this and other businesses, where he was Group Accountant and Company Secretary in a head office role. He was appointed Finance Director of the pub estate and drinks wholesaling businesses in April 2003, following a group reorganisation, a role that has continued with the formation of the Liberation Group in 2008.
Also a member of the Senior Management.
Managing Director Bucktrout and Company Limited
David joined Bucktrouts the leading drinks supplier in Guernsey in 1982, starting in their retail sector before moving into wholesale in 1987 managing the trade Cash & Carry. During this time he took various courses in business studies and of course enjoying the odd WSET course.
In 1998 he became Customer Services Manager for the Group and Deputy General Manger in 2004 before heading up the Company in 2007. There were many acquisitions and mergers along the way and in July 2008 he became a shareholder in the newly formed Liberation Group and continues to head the Bucktrouts operation in Guernsey.
Because of the various positions he has held over the years David has a wealth of experience in all sectors of the business.
Non-Exec Investment Director
Duncan joined Caledonia Investments in 2011 and heads up the Unquoted Pool.
Duncan is a non-executive director of Northern Trust (Guernsey) Limited.
Managing Director Butcombe Brewery
Geraint joined the Liberation Group in November 2015 as MD for their UK business – Butcombe Brewery, having joined them from Carlsberg UK, where he spent 11 years, working across all On-Trade sales divisions and where his last position was National Account Manager for Regional Brewers.
Prior to this, he spent 15 years working for Safeway food stores, working across all aspects of their business, where finally he was a BDM supporting stores in the South West and Wales.
Geraint is married to Catherine and they have 4 children.
Originally from Dublin Geraldine started working with our businesses in 1994 and following a transfer to the then quoted company's head office in 1999 she undertook the ICSA examinations to qualify as a chartered secretary in 2003. Following various mergers, acquisitions and group restructures in her role as Deputy Company Secretary, and having been heavily involved in the due diligence process for the sale of the pub estate and drinks businesses to The Liberation Group in July 2008, Geraldine left shortly thereafter to join The Liberation Group as Company Secretary.
Also a member of the Senior Management.
Jeff joined the Board in September 2016 as a Non-Exec Director. He is the CEO of Park Holidays UK, the largest operator of holiday and caravan parks in the south of England. Jeff was previously MD of Tom Cobleigh pubs having led the buyout from Rank PLC. He has spent over 25 years in the pub restaurant trade working in a variety of roles for EJ Venners & Co, Grand Metropolitan PLC, Magic Pub Co and Greene King PLC.
Chief Executive Officer
Mark Crowther was backed by LGV Capital to lead the acquisition of the business in May 2008. His previous experience is from across the European pub, restaurant and drink sectors with previous roles including On Trade MD for Carlsberg UK, General Manager Northern Europe for Diageo and General Manager with 150 London based managed pubs for Allied Domecq.
Mark is married with three children. He is also Non-Executive Chairman with Downing LLP’s pub investments including Antic.
Richard joined the Board as Chairman in September 2016. He currently holds various non executive roles having previously been Chief Executive of Close Brothers Corporate Finance Limited from 2001-2007. During his 25 years in the advisory business one of his main areas of focus was Leisure and Retail.
Managing Director - Victor Hugo
Tim Hubert joined the Liberation Group in April 2012 as Managing Director of Victor Hugo Limited, the leading drinks supplier in Jersey with a portfolio including many of the market’s most iconic and important brands of lagers, beers, wines, spirits, liqueurs and soft drinks.
Tim was previously joint Managing Director of JJ Le Sueur Ltd, an independent Channel Island Wine & Spirit Agency managing portfolios of brand leading products from Diageo, Moet Hennessy UK, Percy Fox Wines and Nestle Waters. He joined JJ Le Sueur as a Sales Representative in 1980 working for their Grocery Division looking after both retail and wholesale customers and for the last 15 years, before joining The Liberation Group he headed up the Sales and Marketing for their drinks division. With 30 years supplying all customers in the Channel Islands Tim has a wealth of experience and knowledge in all sectors of the trade.
Tim joined Caledonia Investments in 2011, prior to which he worked in corporate finance at PwC in London, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the firm in 2004. He is also a non-executive director of Park Holidays.