The joint boards of Landmark Wholesale and Today’s Group were delighted that members overwhelmingly voted last week to support the creation of Unitas Wholesale Ltd from 1 November 2018.
The organisation will have a combined turnover in excess of £8bn and will represent wholesalers selling and distributing to thousands of outlets across every trade channel. This is an excellent opportunity for suppliers and independent wholesalers to work together in a way that drives greater efficiency and effectiveness in getting products and services to market.
Throughout the transition and integration process and moving forward, retaining and attracting key talent has been and will be a key consideration, fundamental to Unitas’s future and the success of its partners.
Sam Wilcox will become Unitas Wholesale Chairman and Simon Hannah of JW Filshill, Deputy Chairman.
“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Darren Goldney as Managing Director and John Mills as Deputy Managing Director,” said Wilcox. “Darren and John have worked hard and collaboratively over recent months to cut through previous organisational differences and focus on the vision and strategy that will work for both groups’ members and suppliers in the long term and both Boards thank them. Their complementary range of skills will be vital to drive our development agenda and bring the great experiences of both organisations together to form a new one.”
Wilcox continued: “We are also pleased to announce the balance of the management executive. Andrew Thewlis is appointed as Finance Director, John Baines as Trading Director and John Kinney as Retail Director. All three bring fabulous experience, knowledge, skills and above all, they possess the determination to make Unitas a huge success.”
John Schofield, Finance Director for Today’s Group has taken the decision to retire from the business in May 2019. “John has a long and distinguished track record of success with Nisa and Today’s Group and through that journey he has gained huge respect from members, suppliers and staff,” said Darren Goldney. “We are delighted that John has agreed to act as Transformation Director from the formation of Unitas until he leaves in May 2019.”
In addition to the executive directors, the new Unitas Wholesale Board will be made up of eight member directors from each group ensuring all channels and business types are represented. A full list of member directors is below. All appointments are effective from 1 November 2018.
Unitas Wholesale Ltd Member Board Directors
Sony Bihal, Time Wholesale Services (UK) Ltd
Jim Cummiskey, Failte Foods Ltd
Manish Dhamecha, Dhamecha Foods Ltd
Simon Hannah, J W Filshill Limited
George Hepburn, JWG plc
Chris Hughes, Regal Wholesale Ltd
Kali Mulchandani, Imperial Cash & Carry Ltd
Nick Ramsden, DB Ramsden & Co Ltd
Amaan Ramzan, United Wholesale Grocers Ltd
James Russell, Blakemore Wholesale
Asim Sarwar, United Wholesale (Scotland) Ltd
Marcus Singh, Hyperama plc
Greg Suszczenia, AG Parfetts & Sons Ltd
Jay Suterwalla, Sutaka UK Ltd
Andrew Wild, Wilds of Oldham
Don Wouhra, East End Foods plc