Simon-LovelandA.F. Blakemore has strengthened its senior finance department for 2013 with the appointment of two new finance directors.  

Simon Loveland has been appointed Chief Financial Officer and will oversee aspects of the day-to-day group finance operation, including financial reporting and accountancy processes across the company.  

Julie Bevan has taken on the position of Wholesale Finance Director and will sit on the Wholesale, Foodservice, Fresh Foods and Heart Distribution boards. Julie will support the Wholesale divisions in all financial matters, with focus upon key areas such as the commercial evaluation of contracts and analysis of the operational cost base.

Group Finance Director Scott Munro-Morris said: “I am delighted to welcome Simon and Julie into these two critical roles and have every confidence that they will play a major part in helping drive the future success of the company.”

Simon is a chartered accountant, who has gained a wealth of experience across a number of organisations over the past 20 years, including KPMG, Rolls Royce and the ROM Group.

Speaking about his initial thoughts on A.F. Blakemore, the new CFO said: “A.F. Blakemore is a fascinating and extremely welcoming company and my ambition will be to help make it more profitable through ongoing improvements in developing clear financial systems and processes.”

Julie-BevanJulie is a chartered management accountant who has a wealth of commercial experience, having spent 11 years at Poundland where she led a finance team of around 40 people.

After leaving Poundland, Julie spent six years as a self-employed financial consultant and headed up a number of high-level projects on behalf of the Midlands Co-op, Holland & Barrett, Marks & Spencer Jersey, Homeserve and the RAC.

On joining A.F. Blakemore Julie said: “I am looking forward to this new challenge, and what has immediately struck me is how passionate the people are here.

“It is clear that the Wholesale divisions have great opportunity for future growth, and I look forward to helping them achieve their ambitions.”

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