Craig Brown - Chief Financial Officer
Craig has broad experience in financial and systems implementation and management. He is a chartered accountant and has worked as an Audit Manager with PwC. He has held positions as the CFO of CBRE Limited and Chief Accountant for Rentokil Initial (NZ). His financial experience encompasses a broad variety of multi-national companies and a range of other business structures in a diverse range of industries.
Tony McVerry - Managing Director, Ireland
Tony is the former master franchise holder in Ireland. He grew the Irish Esquires Coffee franchise business from a standing start in 2000 to a total of five stores before selling the master franchise to
Cooks Global Foods in 2014. Prior to that Tony had a long career in banking. Starting with the Bank of Ireland in 1972, he then moved to First Active Bank in a variety of senior roles.
Doug Williamson - Managing Director, Great Britain
Doug co-founded the Esquires Coffee brand in Vancouver, Canada in 1993. After leaving the business he ran a Canadian food import business and then established a successful advertising agency. He re-joined Esquires in 2013 when Cooks Global Foods acquired the intellectual property rights to the global brand. He has now moved to London from where he is driving the redevelopment of the brand in the UK.
Ellen Zhang - Managing Director, China
Ellen’s association with Cooks Global Foods began as an owner of an Esquires Coffee store franchise in Auckland. She has since assisted Cooks in expanding Esquires presence in China and brings to the company awareness of the Chinese hospitality industry and its culture. Before emigrating to New Zealand, Ellen worked with one of the company’s major shareholders, Yunan Metropolitan Real Estate
Development Co (YMCI)
Michelle Brick - Managing Director, Canada
Michelle is the former owner of the Esquires Coffee Franchise in Canada, which Cooks acquired in early 2016. Prior to this she had a career in business development in the oil and gas services industry.
John MacDonald - Design & Brand Manager
John founded Cooks Global Foods subsidiary Design Environments in 1990 and has expertise in diverse retail and graphic design environments. John has been the principal designer for the Esquires Coffee brand since 2008. He has worked in various industries, including apparel and hospitality.
Shane Moates - General Manager Markets and Channels
Shane has more than 20 years’ experience within the retail and hospitality industries. Prior to joining Cooks Global Foods, in the UK, Shane was a founding member of a UK successful ‘start-up’ coffee business, and headed up Business Development and Partnerships at Caffe Nero UK. Prior to the UK, Shane worked with Exxonmobil NZ, and held various roles in operations, marketing, business development and finance.
Nic McClean - Supply and Logistics
Nic brings 30 years’ coffee experience to Cooks as GM Supply Chain. His broad back ground in senior sales and marketing roles also includes managing a franchised coffee shop network in New Zealand, running a coffee equipment and service business unit, coffee trainers and a national sales team. He has been marketing manager of a large Australian coffee company as well as a board member of a global vending alliance. Amongst his achievements was the founding of the New Zealand Barista competition which he ran for 7 years.
Alison Shackell - HR Manager
Ali is an experienced professional. Prior to joining Cooks Global Foods in 2013 she worked in industries ranging from financial services and information technology through to energy and insurance in a variety of companies, including Eagle Technology, Mighty River Power and Vero.
Haiping Niu - Digital and Communication
Haiping has seven years of experiences in cross-cultural multi-layer communication, market analysis, digital strategy and strategic development. She has worked in different industries including music, contemporary art, community education and business consultancy in the UK, China and New Zealand.
Tony Wang - Business Development (Crux)
Tony has over 10 years of importing experiences in China. He has comprehensive understanding of China's government import & export requirements, as well as the market and Chinese consumers through working for top state-owned trading company and JiaJiaYue Supermarket, one of the Top 30 retail chains in China.
Kim Patterson-Marketing Innovations Manager
Kim has over 20 years sales and marketing experience in New Zealand and the UK and brings strong grocery, foodservice, workplace, hospitality and café experience to the business. Prior to joining Cooks, Kim’s senior roles included Group Brand Manager – Coffee, and Sales & Marketing Manager - Foodservice for Cerebos (Robert Harris café), and wine brands Marketing Manager for Pernod Ricard UK.
Major Shareholders and Partners
JIAJIAYUE GROUP (603708.SH)
Top 30 Chinese Retail Chain. Over 600 supermarkets, plus convenience stores, hotels and commercial real estate, employs over 30,000 staff. 2014 Sales over CNY ¥10 billion, NZ$2.4 billion.
Its holding company Jiajiayue Investment Group Ltd. owns a sheep and beef farm at Port Waikato and a Holiday Inn hotel in Queenstown, is also a major shareholder of Cooks Global Foods.
Partner with Esquires China since 2012.
Listed on Shanghai Exchange Main Board since 2016.
YMCI Group （600239.SH）
YunNan Metropolitan Construction Investment Group. Ltd (YMCI) China-based realestate development company, investments in HK and the UK.
Principally engaged in the real estate distribution, land primary development and property management. Invested in Australia property market through Australia YMCI Pty Ltd.
Owned by Yunnan Provincial government. Market Capital CNY 7.9 billion / NZ$1.9 billion.
Significant shareholder of Cooks Global Foods.
BUBUGAO GROUP （Better Life）（002251.SZ）
Top 30 Chinese Retail Chain, owns over 472 supermarkets, plus convenience stores, hotels, shopping malls and commercial real estate. Over 60,000 staff. 2014 Sales over CNY ¥27 billion, NZ$6.5 billion.
Partner with Esquires China since May 2015.
Listed on Shenzhen Exchange Main Board since 2008.