Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is made up of farmer members and industry experts who together are well placed to deliver the strategy set by our members. Our experienced executive leadership team run the business day-to-day.
Chris Thomas became First Milk chairman on August 1, 2018.
Chris has a strong track record of successful leadership in the food and dairy sectors, having held senior executive and non-executive positions across a range of businesses including Tulip UK, Adelie Foods, Bakkavor, St. Ivel, PepsiCo and Mars. He is currently non-executive Chairman of G’s Convenience Foods and Street Eats Food Ltd and a non-executive director of Espersen.
Shelagh has more than 30 years' experience in the food and agricultural supply sectors.
Prior to joining First Milk as CEO in 2017 she held several senior executive positions in UK dairy food companies including at the farmer-owned co-operative Milk Link and Glanbia Foods and in a family-owned business, Medina Dairy. She originally trained as an animal nutritionist and worked for more than 10 years in the agricultural supply sector.Close
Greg joined First Milk in 2010 and held several senior management and executive roles in finance and commercial before being appointed as chief financial officer and joining the board in September 2017.
Greg has many years dairy experience. Prior to First Milk he was with Lactalis McLelland as Industrial Finance Director.Close
Robert is a partner in three dairy farms, with a total of more than 1,500 cows (growing from 80 cows 20 years ago).
He is past county chairman of Cumbria NFU and a Nuffield scholar. In 2012, he became chairman of Penrith and the Border Conservative Association and in 2013 he jointly won the Farmers Weekly Dairy Farmers of The Year Award. Robert is also a trustee of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers.Close