Our leadership team
Chief Executive Officer
Diana Hunter has been CEO of Conviviality Plc since February 2013. Diana has extensive experience in the retail sector, having joined Conviviality from Waitrose where she was a director, leading the growth of the Waitrose store estate and the creation of the ‘Little Waitrose’ convenience chain. Prior to Waitrose, Diana began her career at Sainsbury’s where she held numerous roles over 13 years, including leading investment programmes and heading the format development of Sainsbury’s. At Conviviality Diana set out the Company’s strategy to “be the drink sectors leading specialist wholesaler and distributor”. She led the Company through its successful IPO on AIM in July 2013, growing revenues from £360million to in excess of £1.4billion. Under Diana’s leadership the Company has acquired a number of businesses including Wine Rack, 31 Rhythm & Booze stores, GT Retail, Matthew Clark and Bibendum PLB, creating a major player in the UK drinks wholesale market. Diana is a board member of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) and trustee of the drinks industry charity, The Benevolent.
Chief Financial Officer
Mark joined Conviviality in October 2017, and brings over 20 years’ experience at CFO level across a number of different businesses. Mark has been CFO of three public companies: Porvair Plc, SSL International Plc and Premier Foods Plc – and latterly was CFO of the private equity owned Priory Healthcare Group before its acquisition by Acadia Healthcare in 2016. Mark comes with a proven track record of financial stewardship and has been involved with many acquisitions and disposals, business restructurings and major refinancing.
Managing Director, Conviviality Direct
Mark joined the Group in January 2016 as Managing Director of Matthew Clark, having worked in the food and drinks industry for over 35 years, holding senior positions with a range of organisations including Booker Group Plc, Blueheath Plc, Safeway Plc and Musgrave Group. The Directors believe that Mark has been instrumental in helping the Group realise benefits from the Matthew Clark acquisition and it is anticipated that he will continue this work following the completion of Bibendum PLB in May 2016.
Managing Director, Conviviality Trading
James was Chief Executive of Carlsberg UK and has long been a senior figure in the UK wine and drinks business. He is drawing together the brands in Conviviality Trading so they offer a compelling route for brand owners and suppliers to succeed in the UK.
Managing Director, Conviviality Retail
David joined the Group on 1 July 2016 having worked in the retail sector for over 20 years, holding senior positions with a range of large organisations. David’s retail career started at Dixons Stores Group where he held roles within commercial and product marketing before joining Homebase as a Category Manager. In 2003 he moved to Argos and worked in a number of marketing and commercial roles before joining the Homebase Executive Board as Commercial Director in 2009. David joined the Argos Executive Board as Commercial Director in 2011 and was most recently Argos’ Chief Operating Officer.
Business Development Director
Michael was Chief Executive of Bibendum PLB and is one of the best known figures in the UK drinks business. Today he draws on his unparalleled relationships and understanding of our business to develop relationships and open opportunities for us to grow.
Group Logistics Director
Nigel joined Conviviality from DHL and a long career at the heart of transforming logistics operations. He has set a bold target for our customer service in Logistics that would make Conviviality unmatched in its ability to satisfied customers, on time and in full.
Group People Director
Sarah joined Conviviality in 2017. An impressive global career has seen Sarah working for leading brands like Pepsi and Pearson as well as the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development – the HR profession’s leading training and development organisation. Most recently, she has been with Connect Group plc, the logistics and distribution specialist. Sarah is energised by the chance to develop a skilled and agile workforce that can work cohesively towards shared success.