Patrick Coveney

Group CEO

Patrick Coveney

Group CEO

Patrick joined SSP in March 2022 as Group CEO.

Patrick is a strong and strategic leader with extensive industry knowledge having spent 14 years as CEO at Greencore Group plc, a leading convenience food producer, as well as holding non-executive positions at various F&B companies. Through his executive career, Patrick has demonstrated a strong track record of delivering growth whilst embedding sustainability.

Patrick’s strong focus on colleagues, customers and culture alongside his proven ability to quickly develop strong relationships make him well placed to lead SSP to future success.

Patrick spent 14 years as Group CEO of Greencore Group plc, having joined in 2005 as CFO. Patrick has also held a non-executive director position on Glanbia plc. Prior to Greencore, he worked for nine years at McKinsey & Company in Europe and North America, latterly as Managing Partner for Ireland.

External appointments
  • Patrick serves as a non-executive director of OFI Group Limited, Chair of Core Media and is President of the Institute of Grocers & Distributors.

Jonathan Davies

Deputy Group CEO and CFO

Jonathan Davies

Deputy Group CEO and CFO

Jonathan has been the Group Chief Financial Officer of SSP since its formation within Compass Group in 2004.

He was appointed Deputy CEO in 2021: Jonathan brings extensive financial, strategic and commercial experience with over 29 years working within retail and FMCG companies. Jonathan’s tenure within the Group gives him a deep knowledge of the business, which along with his capital markets experience, enables him to provide clear financial, operational and strategic oversight to the Company as it looks to implement its strategy.

Jonathan began his career in Unilever plc’s management development programme before joining OC&C as a start-up, where he was part of its rapid growth and development to become a leading international consulting firm. Jonathan then spent nine years at Safeway plc (with five years on the Executive Board as Finance Director).

He holds a degree in Chemistry from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD Business School, France.

External appointments
  • Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Assura plc.

Mark Angela

Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer

Mark Angela

Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer

Mark is currently the Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer and CEO of India and Eastern Europe and Middle East (EEME).

Mark leads the evaluation of new markets, corporate development activities and drives strategy development. Mark joined SSP in February 2012 as CEO, UK & Ireland, moving to Group CCO in 2014, CEO Asia Pacific in 2019 and CEO, Rest of the World in 2022.

Mark began his career at Schroders before moving to ICI (now Astra- Zeneca) and Colgate-Palmolive in a variety of marketing and management positions. Mark then joined Greene King as Managing Director before spending four years as CEO of Pizza Express.

Mark holds a modern languages degree from Cambridge University.

Helen Byrne

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Helen Byrne

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Helen joined SSP Group as General Counsel & Company Secretary in March 2007.

Helen leads the Group legal and company secretarial team which she established following her arrival at SSP.

Helen is a UK qualified lawyer and has extensive experience in providing legal and corporate governance advice at plc board and group-wide level, having previously been company secretary and general counsel for international companies Gullane Entertainment (formerly The Britt Allcroft Company) and HIT Entertainment.

Helen holds an LLB degree from Exeter University.

Nathan Clements

Chief People Officer

Nathan Clements

Chief People Officer

Nathan joined as Chief People Officer in July 2021 with oversight of people, transformation and safety agendas.

He co-chairs the Group Inclusion Council and is executive sponsor of our LGBT+ network.

Previously, Nathan has held senior HR leadership positions at WBA where he led a transformation to improve customer and colleague engagement and establish the DE&I agenda. Prior to this, Nathan held a number of senior HR roles at Daily Mail, Morrisons Supermarkets, B&Q and PepsiCo.

Nathan has a degree in Applied Biology from Liverpool John Moores University and a Postgraduate Certificates in Business Administration from the University of Bradford, School of Management, and Consulting and Change from the Tavistock Institute.

Miles Collins

Director of Group Finance

Miles Collins

Director of Group Finance

Miles is responsible for the Group Finance function, overseeing the Group’s financial reporting, planning and analysis and investment appraisal.

He joined SSP in 2006 and has gained extensive experience of the business through his roles in Group Finance and as CFO of the UK division.

Miles began his career at Arthur Andersen, before moving into food retail with Safeway plc, where he worked from 1992 to 2004 in a variety of finance roles. He then spent two years as Group Financial Controller of Lastminute.com.

Miles is a chartered accountant and holds a degree in law from Manchester University.

Jeremy Fennell

CEO Continental Europe

Jeremy Fennell

CEO Continental Europe

Jeremy is CEO of Continental Europe, covering the Nordics, Frabel, DACH and Spain.

He joined SSP in July 2019 as CEO of the Nordics region, taking on responsibility for Frabel, DACH and Spain in July 2021.

Previously Jeremy spent over 10 years at Dixons Carphone, including four years as MD of Carphone Warehouse and had responsibility for the international airport chain Dixons Travel. Prior to this, Jeremy led the Dixons eCommerce business, developing a multichannel offer at Currys. Jeremy gained experience working in the Nordics as Category Director of market leader Elkjøp (with 400+ stores across the Nordics and Iceland).

Jeremy has a degree in Retail Management from Bournemouth University.

Sarah John

Corporate Affairs Director

Sarah John

Corporate Affairs Director

Sarah is Corporate Affairs Director at SSP Group, with overall responsibility for Communications, Sustainability and Investor Relations.

Sarah joined the business in 2015 as Director of Investor Relations and joined the Group Executive Team in 2021.

Prior to joining SSP, Sarah was Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs for Compass Group PLC from 2003 until 2014. She has also held positions at ABN AMRO, including as Head of Equity Research, Dresdner Kleinwort Wassterstein and Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Sarah has a BA (Hons) Business Studies and is also a trained Executive Coach.

Richard Lewis

CEO SSP UK & Ireland

Richard Lewis

CEO SSP UK & Ireland

Richard is CEO of UK & Ireland.

He joined SSP in September 2019 from Greene King plc where he was Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this, Richard held a number of different leadership positions with over eight years at Greene King, including Group Integration Director and Managing Director Retail.

Richard also has significant international experience, including through his role as COO of the Warehouse, New Zealand’s largest non-food retail group. Before that, he held a variety of operational and commercial roles at both Sainsbury’s and Woolworths in the UK.

Richard has a degree in Geography from the University of Salford.

Angela Moores

Chief Customer Officer

Angela Moores

Chief Customer Officer

Angela is Chief Customer Officer.

She joined SSP in 2013 as UK Commercial Director, before moving to Group Commercial Development Director with responsibility for rolling-out best practice initiatives across the business. Angela re-joined the UK team as UK and Group Commercial and Marketing Director before taking up her current role in 2021. Angela is the executive sponsor of our Menopause Network.

Prior to SSP, Angela held Commercial Directorships at PizzaExpress and Greene King PLC.

Angela has a Business Studies degree from Napier University, Edinburgh.

Jonathan Robinson

CEO SSP Asia Pacific

Jonathan Robinson

CEO SSP Asia Pacific

Jonathan joined the Group Executive Committee on 1 October 2022 as CEO, Asia Pacific. 

Jonathan joined SSP in April 2016 as Group Business Development Director before moving to Hong Kong in March 2019 as Chief Development Officer, Asia Pacific and latterly CEO, Asia Pacific from February 2022,

 

Jonathan began his career in commercial development in Sainsburys before spending over 10 years in WHSmith in various roles including Business Development Director and General Manager Qatar.

Jonathan holds a Diploma in Management from Birkbeck University of London and a BA in Communication Media from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Mark Smith

Chief Digital and Technology Officer

Mark Smith

Chief Digital and Technology Officer

Mark is Chief Digital and Technology Officer.

He joined SSP Group in February 2018 as Group CIO. He is responsible for the Group’s digital strategy and implementation of digital and technology solutions.

Mark is the executive sponsor of our Women in Tech initiative.

Mark spent 10 years at Accenture, working with clients such as Selfridges, Dixons, Argos and Sainsburys. He then moved to M&S as Head of HR Transformation before working at Tesco as CIO – Asia, with responsibility for technology across 2,500 stores across five countries.

Mark has a Computer Science degree from the University of Warwick.

Michael Svagdis

CEO SSP America

Michael Svagdis

CEO SSP America

Michael joined SSP in 2014 as CEO, North America (covering the USA and Canada).

With 30 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Michael Svagdis leads a talented team driven by an unparalleled passion for bringing cool, authentic restaurants to airports that reflect a taste of place. In October 2020, Michael took on additional responsibility for SSP’s business in South America.

Prior to SSP, Michael held various management and leadership roles at Compass Group plc, Eurest and Morrison Healthcare.

Michael has a degree in Business Management from Massachusetts Bay College, Massachusetts.

Sukh Tiwana

Chief Procurement Officer

Sukh Tiwana

Chief Procurement Officer

Sukh is Chief Procurement Officer with over 30 years of experience.

He started his career with various finance and purchasing roles at Granada Group and, following its merger with Compass Group, was appointed Managing Director of Compass Purchasing.

In 2004, Sukh was appointed Group Commercial Director of SSP Group, responsible for purchasing, supply chain and leading group wide commercial negotiations. Sukh was appointed Chief Procurement Officer in 2022 and is also the co- chair of our Group Inclusion Council.

Sukh is a qualified CIMA Accountant and holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University.