Steven Esom is an experienced board member of consumer-facing businesses and chairs a number of boards including BRC Global Standards, SEDEX and the Advantage Travel Partnership. His current directorships include Cranswick plc and the Rank Group.
His retail career has included being Executive Director at Marks & Spencer responsible for Food. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of Waitrose from 2003, rapidly expanding the business with two major acquisitions and leading the successful re-positioning of Waitrose as a national fresh food lead retailer after initially joining the John Lewis Partnership as Waitrose's Director of Buying in 1995. Before joining the Partnership, Steven spent most of his career at Sainsbury's in commercial roles.
Mark ProctorChief Executive Officer
Mark Proctor joined the management team of BRC Trading in June 2013 as Chief Executive Officer.
Mark's wealth of management and operational experience in the global food and consumer product safety and quality assurance industries provides the ideal backdrop to his lead role with BRC Trading.
Mark's career prior to joining BRC Trading included senior roles with organisations including Exova, SAI Global Assurance Services and European Food Safety Inspection Services (EFSIS).
Dr John TomlinsonSales and Marketing Director
John Tomlinson joined the British Retail Consortium as Sales and Marketing Director in 2015 as part of a shared service covering both the Trade Association and BRC Global Standards. He is responsible for setting up a team to directly engage with customers and partners to develop both value propositions and drive growth and customer satisfaction.
Previously he was Director of Sales for BSI Standards, part of the British Standards Institution Group, and was responsible for selling and developing BSI's global publishing business through an international network of direct and indirect sales channels.
John has extensive commercial experience in the professional services sector including managing membership businesses. Prior to working for BSI Standards, he held commercial roles with Eurofins, Leatherhead Food Research and Whitbread. Over that period he has worked with retailers, manufacturers, certification bodies and regulators at senior account and business development levels.
John has a PhD in chemistry.
Tessa KellyOperations Director
Tessa Kelly is Operations Director of BRC Trading, having joined the BRC in 2006 as Director of Business Administration, been appointed Commercial Director in 2008, and taking on the role of Operations Director in 2015.
Prior to joining the BRC, Tessa managed the Telephone and Mailing Preference Services for the Direct Marketing Association, both high profile and well-regarded consumer protection services.
Her broad based experience of working with trade associations and commercial companies means Tessa brings a set of unique skills to her current role. Her early career was spent gaining comprehensive marketing and operational experience in domestic and international business-to-business markets. She has an MBA from the Open University and a degree from Sussex University.
David BrackstonTechnical Director
David Brackston is the Technical Director and has responsibility for the technical management of the BRC Global Standards certification scheme as well as the compliance activities supporting the schemes.
David is the primary contact with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and represents BRC Global Standards on Technical Working Groups.
Manish PatelGroup Finance Director and Company Secretary
Having joined the business in 2015, Manish Patel is responsible for the Finance function.
He has a wealth of experience in senior financial and operational roles spanning the retail, professional services and manufacturing sectors. His previous roles included Director of Finance EMEA, and UK Operations Director, for SAI Global Assurance Services.