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Alan Roper

Alan Roper

Managing Director

With a National Diploma from Pershore College of Horticulture, Alan joined Blue Diamond as the Company's Retail Director in 1999 when turnover was only £6m.

In 2007 Alan was promoted to Managing Director of the Group. Alan masterminded the recent development of Redfields Garden Centre, Fleet, Hampshire which is widely regarded as one of the best garden centres in the country.

Today, Blue Diamond turns over £83m with plans to grow to £200m within 5 years.

Simon Burke

Simon Burke

Chairman

Simon Burke is an experienced retail and consumer executive and has managed some of the best-known retail names in the UK.

He trained as a chartered accountant before joining Virgin, where he held various positions, including CEO of Virgin Retail, Virgin Cinemas, and Virgin Entertainment Group, a £1bn worldwide business.

He has been Chairman or Chief Executive of retail brands such as Hamleys, Majestic Wine, Superquinn, the iconic Irish supermarket chain, Hobbycraft and Bathstore.com, as well as Mitchells & Butlers, the FTSE 250 pub and restaurant business.

Currently Simon is chairman of The Light Cinema Group. He is also a director of the BBC and of the Co-Operative Group.

Richard Hemans

Richard Hemans

Finance Director

Richard is the Group Finance Director and Company Secretary. He is a qualified chartered accountant and chartered director. He joined the Company in August 2013 after five years as the Finance Director of Guernsey Post and various spells as the Financial Controller of a number of companies in the retail and telecoms industries.

Richard is responsible for Finance, Retail Systems, HR, Company Secretarial matters and IT at Blue Diamond. He enjoys spending time with his family, writing, exercise, golf, skiing and football.

Sir John Collins

Sir John Collins

Non-Executive Director

Following university Sir John worked for Shell culminating in being Chairman and Chief Executive of Shell UK.  He then ran the Vestey Group, a family owned business comprising ships, farms, and food wholesaling.

He has served as Chairman of National Power, Dixons and Cantab Pharmaceuticals.

As a non-executive director Sir John has served on the boards of Rothschilds bank, P & O, BSky B and 3i Infrastructure. He has also chaired a number of UK Government committees 

Sir John lives in Guernsey and serves on Treasury & Resources’ supervisory sub-committee and chairs the Guernsey Employment Trust, as well as being on the board of Blue Diamond.

Claire Harper

Claire Harper

Non-Executive Director

Claire is UK-based and has a background in retail, marketing, online and branding.

Claire has worked for prominent UK brands including Argos, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Mamas and Papas, and until recently was the Marketing Director for Frosts Garden Centres.

She has been involved in several start-ups as well as blue-chip organisations, which will complement the well-established entrepreneurial spirit of Blue Diamond. 

Tom Carey

Tom Carey

Non-Executive Director

Tom is a Guernsey Advocate and partner in the corporate and finance group of Carey Olsen, a leading international offshore law firm with its roots in Guernsey since 1898. He is a member of its Executive Board. He advises clients both in Guernsey and internationally on a wide variety of corporate transactions, including private equity, mergers and acquisitions, financing, capital markets, investment funds and restructurings.

Tom was a founder and first Chairman of the Guernsey Commercial Bar Association and was appointed as a non-voting member of the Board of Commerce & Employment within the States of Guernsey between 2012 and 2016. He is currently secretary of the Guernsey Bar Council.

Tom holds a number of non-executive directorships of Guernsey regulated asset managers and investment companies.

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