Cooks Global Foods
Cooks Global Foods

Cooks global foods

Directors and Management Team

Management Team

 

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 nvironments. 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. 


Directors

 
Keith Jackson - Executive Chairman Keith has an extensive background in management and governance with particular emphasis on the food and dairy industries. He was CEO of Tegel Foods for 16 years from 1980 to 1996, Deputy Chairman of Ernest Adams from 1998 and Managing Director of Independent Dairy Producers, a small fresh milk company. Together with two others Keith formed Dairy Farm Investments, a company that now has dairy farms in New Zealand and Australia. Keith has also established Dairyland Products, a project company designed to combine New Zealand’s core strength of low cost milk production with the added value provided by milk powder production. Keith founded Cooks Food Group in 2008 via a merger of four companies. Together with Stuart and Lewis Deeks he was a key driver in developing the opportunity to build the Esquires Coffee Houses chain internationally by creating Cooks Global Foods. Keith has a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University.

Keith Jackson - Executive Chairman

Keith has an extensive background in management and governance with particular emphasis on the food and dairy industries.

He was CEO of Tegel Foods for 16 years from 1980 to 1996, Deputy Chairman of Ernest Adams from 1998 and Managing Director of Independent Dairy Producers, a small fresh milk company.

Together with two others Keith formed Dairy Farm Investments, a company that now has dairy farms in New Zealand and Australia. Keith has also established Dairyland Products, a project company designed to combine New Zealand’s core strength of low cost milk production with the added value provided by milk powder production.

Keith founded Cooks Food Group in 2008 via a merger of four companies. Together with Stuart and Lewis Deeks he was a key driver in developing the opportunity to build the Esquires Coffee Houses chain internationally by creating Cooks Global Foods.

Keith has a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University.

Peihuan Wang - Director Peihuan Wang is currently the Chairman and General Manager of Shandong Jiajiayue Investment Holdings Co. Limited and Vice President of the China Chain Store and Franchise Association. Mr Wang also currently sits on the board of New Zealand company Weihai Station Limited, which runs farming operations and was granted consent from the overseas investment office to buy 595 hectares of land situated southwest of Auckland. Mr Wang has been the recipient of a number of awards in China including ‘the National Quality Excellent Manager’, ‘Person of the Year - Chinese Chain Industry’, ‘Person of the Year - Chinese Retail Industry’, and ‘Weihai City Mayor’s Quality Award’. Mr Wang is of Chinese nationality and resides in the Shandong Province. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the Board on the Chinese retail industry. JJY operates more than 600 supermarkets in China and employs more than 30,000 staff.

Peihuan Wang - Director


Peihuan Wang is currently the Chairman and General Manager of Shandong Jiajiayue Investment Holdings Co. Limited and Vice President of the China Chain Store and Franchise Association.

Mr Wang also currently sits on the board of New Zealand company Weihai Station Limited, which runs farming operations and was granted consent from the overseas investment office to buy 595 hectares of land situated southwest of Auckland.

Mr Wang has been the recipient of a number of awards in China including ‘the National Quality Excellent Manager’, ‘Person of the Year - Chinese Chain Industry’, ‘Person of the Year - Chinese Retail Industry’, and ‘Weihai City Mayor’s Quality Award’.

Mr Wang is of Chinese nationality and resides in the Shandong Province. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the Board on the Chinese retail industry. JJY operates more than 600 supermarkets in China and employs more than 30,000 staff.

Hui Zhe - Director Hui Zhe is currently the General Manager of YMCI Beijing Hotel, and is in charge of both the hotel development, and operational businesses for YMCI and its subsidiaries. At present YMCI has 6 trading hotels and 6 under development. YMCI has invested over 7 billion RMB in the hospitality industry in China, forming partnerships with Intercontinental Group, Hilton Group, and Banyan Tree Group. Mr Zhe graduated from Xiamen University with a Bachelor of Accountancy in 1992 and has since worked as a financial controller for 15 years.  Mr Hui has worked in the hospitality industry for over twenty years, during which period he has represented property owners to major international hotel management groups; chaired and participated in planning, constructing, operating and financing aspects of multiple hotel development projects; partnered and co-managed hotels with Hilton Group, Hyatt Group, Intercontinental Group, Marriott Group, Banyan Tree Group and other international hotel groups.

Hui Zhe - Director


Hui Zhe is currently the General Manager of YMCI Beijing Hotel, and is in charge of both the hotel development, and operational businesses for YMCI and its subsidiaries.

At present YMCI has 6 trading hotels and 6 under development. YMCI has invested over 7 billion RMB in the hospitality industry in China, forming partnerships with Intercontinental Group, Hilton Group, and Banyan Tree Group.

Mr Zhe graduated from Xiamen University with a Bachelor of Accountancy in 1992 and has since worked as a financial controller for 15 years.  Mr Hui has worked in the hospitality industry for over twenty years, during which period he has represented property owners to major international hotel management groups; chaired and participated in planning, constructing, operating and financing aspects of multiple hotel development projects; partnered and co-managed hotels with Hilton Group, Hyatt Group, Intercontinental Group, Marriott Group, Banyan Tree Group and other international hotel groups.

Andrew Kerslake - Director After completing his education at Northcote College and Auckland University, Andrew worked in banking and finance before moving into the shipping industry and logistics. Andrew worked for Schenker, a German based Logistics Company for 14 years, moving through sales and operations, then as General Manager for six years and finally Managing Director for a further four. Andrew furthered his education at Ashridge Management College in London completing a Senior Executive Management programme with parent company Stinnes-AG. He also served as a board member of the New Zealand German Business Association for four years. In 2001 Andrew and his business partner pursued other business interests investing in majority shareholdings in a number of successful businesses in the medical, grocery and automotive industries. More recently Andrew focuses fully on investments with potential including electronics waste company RCN–Ewaste 

Andrew Kerslake - Director


After completing his education at Northcote College and Auckland University, Andrew worked in banking and finance before moving into the shipping industry and logistics. Andrew worked for Schenker, a German based Logistics Company for 14 years, moving through sales and operations, then as General Manager for six years and finally Managing Director for a further four.

Andrew furthered his education at Ashridge Management College in London completing a Senior Executive Management programme with parent company Stinnes-AG. He also served as a board member of the New Zealand German Business Association for four years.

In 2001 Andrew and his business partner pursued other business interests investing in majority shareholdings in a number of successful businesses in the medical, grocery and automotive industries.

More recently Andrew focuses fully on investments with potential including electronics waste company RCN–Ewaste 

Mike Hutcheson - Independent Director Mike co-founded leading advertising agencies Colenso BBDO and Hutcheson Knowles Marinkovich and culminated his advertising career as Managing Director of Saatchi and Saatchi. Mike was also a director of a family building company and in the early ‘80s set up Replica Homes with franchises throughout New Zealand. In 2003 Mike launched The Lighthouse Ideas Company and in 2008 he and his partners undertook a management buyout of the Image Centre Group, publishers, printers and digital online communications specialists. Mike has written four books, and has been a regular television guest and commentator. He currently writes an innovation column for Idealog magazine, one of the magazines in his company’s portfolio. In 2012 he was named Business Columnist of the Year in the Magazine Publisher’s Awards.

Mike Hutcheson - Independent Director

Mike co-founded leading advertising agencies Colenso BBDO and Hutcheson Knowles Marinkovich and culminated his advertising career as Managing Director of Saatchi and Saatchi. Mike was also a director of a family building company and in the early ‘80s set up Replica Homes with franchises throughout New Zealand.

In 2003 Mike launched The Lighthouse Ideas Company and in 2008 he and his partners undertook a management buyout of the Image Centre Group, publishers, printers and digital online communications specialists.

Mike has written four books, and has been a regular television guest and commentator. He currently writes an innovation column for Idealog magazine, one of the magazines in his company’s portfolio. In 2012 he was named Business Columnist of the Year in the Magazine Publisher’s Awards.

 
 

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.