Board & Management


StevenRoberts - Board of directorsSteven Mark Roberts

Executive Chairman (appointed February 2014)
Steven Roberts qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 1991 and has worked in corporate finance since 1992. He joined McInnes Corporate Finance as a partner in 1996 and acted as lead advisor on many small cap transactions. Steve has been a director of Northern Bear from flotation; he was appointed Finance Director in October 2009 and stepped up to the role of Executive Chairman in February 2014. His extensive experience with the Company makes him an ideal candidate for the position and the right person to guide the Board in delivering its strategy going forward.

Roy Jennings - Board of directorsGraham Roy Jennings

Managing Director (appointed July 2012)
Graham Jennings has been involved in the construction industry in the North of England for more than 40 years and was managing director of Jennings Roofing Ltd at the time of acquisition in November 2007, having held the role since 1984. He has been a director of Northern Bear since April 2008 and was appointed Group Managing Director in July 2012. Graham has the knowledge and experience to manage the Group in trading conditions that continue to remain challenging.

Thomas Edward Haynes - Board of directors

Thomas Edward Hayes

Finance Director (appointed February 2014)
Tom Hayes qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen in 2001 and subsequently spent several years working in corporate finance with Ernst & Young on a wide variety of corporate and private equity transactions. He has been involved with the Group since January 2008 in both divisional and group finance roles and was appointed Finance Director in February 2014. Tom’s broad range of experience in industry and corporate finance gives him an appropriate skill set to manage the Group’s strategic and operational finance matters.

Keith Soulsby - Board of directorsKeith Soulsby

Director (re-appointed May 2012)
Keith Soulsby founded Wensley Roofing Ltd in 1987 following previous experience with both The Marley Roof Tile Company and a major roofing contracting business in the North East of England. He was appointed a director of Northern Bear in 2007 and served for more than 4 years, stepping down in September 2011 to fully concentrate his efforts on opportunities presenting themselves to Wensley Roofing. He was re-appointed in May 2012. Keith has served on the regional committee of the North East branch of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, and has 40 years experience in the roofing industry.

Howard Barry Gold - Board of directorsHoward Barry Gold

Non Executive Director (appointed 2007)
Howard Gold is Senior Partner at Mincoffs Solicitors LLP and has been a solicitor since 1969. He was appointed Non Executive Chairman in 2008 and stepped down in February 2014 after five years in the role. Howard guided the Group through difficult circumstances during his time as Chairman, including a severe recession and a major restructuring process. With a wealth of business experience and extensive legal knowledge, Howard remains on the Board as a Non Executive Director and will continue to provide support and guidance to the Group.

Ian Thomas McLean - Board of directorsIan Thomas McLean

Non Executive Director (appointed 2008)
Ian McLean, who was part of the broking team which originally helped Northern Bear to obtain its listing on AIM, has substantial experience in the City. He has worked in the broking and research community his entire career and sat on the board of Quayle Munro Holdings PLC, the AIM listed London based merchant bank until November 2013, having served for 11 years. Ian is also on the Advisory Board of Decimal Point, an information and research company based in India.

Managing Directors of trading subsidiaries

A1 Industrial Trucks Ltd

Stuart Dawson, Sales Director
Joined A1 Industrial Trucks in 2018 following a successful career in sales including over 20 years selling fork lift trucks.

John Gilstin - Board of directorsIsoler Ltd

John Gilstin, Managing Director
Appointed managing director of Isoler Ltd in 2005, after having been contracts manager for some 15 years. With a background in engineering, John has over 30 years experience in the passive fire protection industry.

Alan Chapman - Board of directorsMatthew Charlton Slaters

Alan Chapman, Heritage Manager
Joined Matthew Charlton Slaters over 40 years ago as an indentured apprentice before becoming a time served roof slater. Alan is a Fellow of the Institute of Roofing and Vice Chairman of the Yorkshire and North East Branch of the NFRC, as well as Regional Director of the North East Roof Training Group.

Jennings Roofing Ltd

Martin Briggs, Managing Director
Appointed managing director of Jennings Roofing Ltd in 2018 after Graham Jennings stepped down to concentrate on the management of Northern Bear plc. Martin has worked at the company since 1992.


Neil Jukes, Managing Director
Appointed managing director in 2017 after Brian Young retired. Neil is also managing director of Northern Bear Building Services Ltd.

Northern Bear Building Services Ltd

Neil Jukes, Managing Director
Joined the Northern Bear Group in February 2011. Neil has worked in the construction industry for more than 20 years with experience in major projects, refurbishments, extensions and a variety of reactive and planned maintenance contracts across all sectors.

Jason Harrison - Board of directorsNorthern Bear Safety Ltd

Jason Harrison, Managing Director
Appointed managing director of Northern Bear Safety Ltd in November 2009. Jason joined Northern Bear Plc in 2008 as group safety manager and was instrumental in establishing Northern Bear Safety as a stand alone consultancy.

H Peel & Sons Ltd

Dominic Brogan and Andrew Pollock, Joint Managing Directors
Both joined H Peel & Sons as contract managers in the late 1980s and were appointed as directors in 1993. Over the last 30 years they have each been responsible for major interior refurbishments in the hospitality and leisure industries and at universities.

Keith Muldoon - Board of directorsSprings Roofing Ltd

Keith Muldoon, Managing Director
Joined Springs Roofing in 1990 and appointed managing director in 2006. Keith has over 30 years experience in the roofing industry.

Keith Soulsby - Board of directorsWensley Roofing Ltd

Keith Soulsby and Steven Luke, Joint Managing Directors
Keith founded Wensley Roofing Ltd in 1987. He is also a Director of Northern Bear plc. Steven joined Wensley Roofing in 2007 and was appointed Joint Managing Director in 2018.