Roger Bracewell – Chairman
Roger attended Millfield School in Somerset and then spent his “gap year” running the family farm after the Farm Manager took early retirement. He then spent three years at The Royal Agricultural College, studying Rural Estate Management, before working as a young Land Agent in Bolton.
In 1984, he returned to the family land agency business and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1985. He joined his father as a partner in the family farming and land agency business in 1986. The farming business started to manufacture dry extruded pet food in 1992, which was shortly before the death of Roger’s father, Tom Bracewell, in 1993.
As Chairman, Roger is responsible for the administrative side of the business, particularly the legal, environmental and IT developments, as well as continuing to look after the farming business.
Andy Kettle - Managing Director
Andy joined GA in January 2012 as Joint Managing Director with responsibility for manufacturing and logistics. Andy, who holds a doctorate in materials science, has 15 years' experience in fmcg production, principally in the food sector.
He has held various site management and board level positions and has demonstrated considerable success in creating lean and responsive organisations. He is a proud father of 3 girls and his interests outside of work include tennis and travel.
Giles Bracewell - Director
Born and bred in Lancashire, Giles has been on the board of Golden Acres since its formation some 20 years ago. Having qualified as a Chartered Surveyor, he has spent his time in the Leisure business before returning to take an active role at GA. Apart from Charitable causes, his interests lie in Wildlife & Conservation.
Jim Whittingham - Operations Director
Diane Metcalfe - Cost Director
James Bracewell - International Sales Director
Will Bracewell - Production Director
Lois Woods - Sales Director
She has a wealth of retailing experience holding a variety of field based, and senior management role both at Boots & WHSmith.
John Hewitt - Technical Services Director
John Hewitt joined GA in 2017 as Partner Brand Marketing Manager and then went on to lead the team of Technical Services, comprising of Marketing & Design, Nutrition, Research & Development and Projects before becoming Technical Services Director.
John has a degree in Marketing and his background includes working at Nike at their European headquarters in Netherlands as well being a lecturer in Business management at Runshaw Business Centre.
John is a proud father and enjoys cycling, camping and traveling.