The Statutory Board

 Declan Hearne

Declan Hearne

Finance Director

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.

Duncan Johnson

Duncan Johnson

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.

Geraldine Davies

Geraldine Davies

Company Secretary


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 Sills

Jeff Sills

Non-Exec Director

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.

Mark Crowther

Mark Crowther

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.

Also a member of the Senior Management.

Richard Grainger

Richard Grainger

Non-Exec Chairman

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.

Tim Lewis

Tim Lewis

Non-Exec Investment Director

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.

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