Board & Management
Steven 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.
Graham 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 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.
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
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
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 and remains involved in an advisory capacity of The Foodie Hub, a food distribution and catering business based in Edinburgh, founded by his son.
Managing Directors of trading subsidiaries
A1 Trucks Ltd
Graeme Tennick, Joint Managing Director
Co-founded A1 Industrial Trucks Ltd in 1983 and continues to manage the company following acquisition by Northern Bear plc in April 2008.
John Gilstin, Managing Director
Appointed managing director if 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.
Jennings Roofing Ltd
Graham Jennings, Managing Director
Appointed managing director of Jennings Roofing Ltd in 1984 and has over 40 years experience in the roofing industry. Graham is also managing director of Northern Bear Plc.
Matthew 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.
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.
Northern 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.
Springs 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.