The Board



Chairman, Non-Executive

Stephen Yapp (64) joined the Group in June 2015 and was appointed as Chairman in May 2016. Stephen has 25 years’ experience as a Director of public and private companies over the course of his career.  He is also a former director of Downing Strategic Micro-Cap Investment Trust Plc, as well as several private companies, having held similar roles in other listed companies over recent years.  Stephen is also a Fellow Chartered Management Accountant and holds an MBA. 




Reginald Hankey (66) was appointed to the board in January 1998 having joined the Group as Technical Director of the Yeovil Division in 1990. He was appointed Chief Executive on 19 July 2007. He is a director of UK Leather Federation (formerly BLC Research). (C)


L M Cretton, BA Hons


Louise Cretton (64) rejoined the Group in August 2015 having served for twelve years until 2013 and was subsequently appointed as Audit Committee Chair. She is a director of Market Evaluer LLC and serves as a non-executive director of Croydon Health Services, where she chairs the Finance and Performance Committee. (A B)


G P Davis, FCA


Godfrey Davis (73) joined the Board in February 2014.  He holds several other directorships, including Hestercombe Gardens Ltd and King’s Schools (Taunton) Ltd. (A B)

Jonathan Loxston BA(Hons), ACMI, FSLTC

Chief Technical Officer

Associate Director

A leather industry professional for over 30 years, Jon (53) started his career with Pittards in Yeovil as a leather technician, achieved Leather Technology qualifications and progressed through the business. Jon has a degree in International Business, he is a director of Leather UK, holds a position on the Leather Working Group Executive Committee and additionally chairs the LWG Technical Sub Group. (D)

Tsedenia Mekbib – BSc, MBA

ET – Divisional Managing Director

Associate Director

Tsedenia (44) has both a degree in Chemistry and an MBA from the University of Leicester. Having worked for GlaxoSmithkline, Tsedenia joined Pittards in 2011. In 2017, she was appointed Managing Director of Pittards Ethiopia with responsibility for operations at the tannery in Edjersa and the product manufacturing factories in Addis Ababa. (D)

Dr Alan Burgess – MBA, ACMA, CGMA

Director of Finance

Associate Director

Alan Burgess (51) was appointed to the board and as company secretary in March 2022, leading the Group Finance across the UK and Ethiopia. Alan achieved a PhD in Management Science and an MBA.  He joined Pittards after a successful period working in the Private sector and a highly respected 25 year military career. (D)



A Member of the audit committee.

B Member of the remuneration committee.

C Member of nominations committee.

D Associate Director.

This page was last updated on 24th August 2022