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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. Most recently, 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.

Stuart Falla MBE

Stuart Falla MBE

Non-Executive Director

Stuart is a born and bred Guernseyman and is married with four daughters.

Stuart has a background in the construction industry and took over his father's firm, R.G. Falla Limited, in 1982. He continues his involvement in the family business as non-executive chairman and principal shareholder of the Garenne Group, which now includes companies in Guernsey, Jersey and the UK, with almost 800 direct employees.

He now enjoys a 'plural career' and is chairman of the Guernsey Sports Commission, chair of the Patrons of the Guernsey Community Foundation and chair of the Friends of KGV. He is also a non-executive director of two Channel Island based companies.

He is a Graduate of Manchester University and a Chartered Director.

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.

Patricia Burnett

Patricia Alford-Burnett

Non-Executive Director

Patricia has served as the CEO of both public and privately owned companies. She is an experienced multi-channel retailer.

She was CEO of The White Company for 6 years and ILLUM, a prestigious Danish department store, as well as Jaeger, the British heritage brand.

She is currently a retail consultant and adviser, mentoring CEOs and their senior teams. Patricia is an expert at building commercial brands, using coaching skills to motivate and develop teams to support growth. She embraces design, new technology and innovation.

In her free time she enjoys a wide range of interests, which include interior and landscape design, gym exercise and Muay Thai boxing.

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