Palm oil nutrition
Appointed a director in 1989, chairman in 2010. Former executive chairman of Bertam Holdings PLC and Lendu Holdings PLC. Former chairman of The Association of the International Rubber Trade. Prior to joining the Group in 1988 he was a commodity broker with C Czarnikow Limited.
Appointed chief executive in 2022 having been finance director since 2017. Joined the Group as chief finance officer in 2016 with previous experience as an audit director of Deloitte LLP, including work on companies in the agricultural sector and in their technical policy team.
Chief financial officer
Appointed to the board on 1 August 2023 having joined the Group in July 2022 as Chief Financial Officer. Qualified chartered accountant with previous experience of working with a wide range of companies, including international groups and AIM-listed businesses, as an audit manager at BDO LLP. Prior to joining the Group held CFO position at Servomex, a division of Spectris plc and has significant experience in financial and commercial management.
Senior independent non-executive director
BSc MSc MBA
Appointed a director and member of audit and remuneration committees in 2016 and chairman of those committees since 2022. Has held senior roles at JP Morgan, Rabobank International and Crédit Agricole. Non-executive director of The Real Wild Estates Limited, and Canadian-listed Base Carbon Corp. Consults in environmental markets, commodities, agribusiness investment and ESG. Advisory roles include Lead Advisor on Carbon at Singapore-regulated Abaxx Exchange.
President Director, PT Evans Indonesia
Appointed President Director of PT Evans Indonesia in August 2023 having been its director of operations since 2021. Graduated in 1995 from Universiti Sains Malaysia and started career as a civil engineer. Has worked in the plantation and palm-oil industry since 2006, gaining in-depth experience in plantation management and estate infrastructure development. Previously employed by Cargill, Papua New Guinea, and Goodhope Asia Holdings, Indonesia, before joining PT Evans Indonesia as senior manager, civil engineering, in 2016. Subsequently promoted to group manager of the Kalimantan estates and then director of operations.
Qualified as a solicitor in 1997. Worked in private practice until taking up appointment as Company Secretary in 2016.
Head of finance, PT Evans Indonesia
SE AK BAP
Appointed a Head of Finance in April 2012. Joined the Group in Oct 2009 after 14 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where was a deputy partner. His experience included work for companies in the plantation sector as well the assurance methodology and training team. Qualified as a chartered accountant and certified public auditor. He is the Group’s chief finance officer for Indonesia, which includes responsibility for local Group structure and implementing the Group’s enterprise information system. Member of the Indonesian audit and tender committees.
Head of tax, IT and risk management
Joined PT Evans Indonesia in 2010 and appointed Head of Tax, IT and Risk Management in 2022. Graduated from Padjadjaran University and worked for more than 11 years in accountancy firms, gaining knowledge and experience in auditing (financial and system), risk management and taxation. Qualified chartered accountant, certified information-systems auditor and registered as a tax attorney in the Indonesian tax courts.
K. Chandra Sekaran
Appointed to the board in 2021 first as an executive and, since 1 August 2023, as a non-executive director. Was President Director of PT Evans Indonesia from 2008 until July 2023. Began working in Indonesia in 1995, with experience in Sumatra and Kalimantan and latterly as a chief operating officer for Sinarmas Plantations. Began career with Harrisons and Crosfield (later known as Golden Hope Plantations and today part of the Sime Darby group). Has an unparalleled understanding of the Indonesian plantation industry, plantation network and the social issues related to it.
Independent non-executive director
Appointed a director and member of the audit and remuneration committees in July 2022. Has over 40 years’ experience in finance and leadership roles, having originally trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse. Was CFO of Games Workshop plc for ten years during a period of strategic development and expansion, followed by nine years as CFO at Vertu Motors plc during a phase of significant acquisition-led growth. Has also worked as a non-executive director on several listed boards, including at Plusnet plc where he was appointed on IPO and chaired the audit committee, and at Sumo Group plc where he also was appointed from IPO through to its successful sale in early 2022 and chaired its audit committee.
Independent non-executive director
Joined the board on 1 August 2022. Member of audit and remuneration committee. Has over 18 years’ experience working in ESG roles. Currently head of sustainability at Walgreens Boots Alliance, Global Sourcing, Europe (“WBA”) and a board member of global not-for-profit organisation The Sustainability Consortium. Prior to her role at WBA held senior positions at Silver Spoon British Sugar plc, part of Associated British Foods. Recognised for her commitment to increasing sustainability in consumer products.
Lee Yuan Zhang
Joined the board on 1 February 2023. Regional Director (Plantations) of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (“KLK”), Malaysia. Former President Director of PT KLK Agriservindo, Indonesia, responsible for the management of 140,000 hectares of oil-palm plantations across five Indonesian provinces. Has also held a number of senior head office roles, including senior marketing and sales roles, within the KLK Group.
Head of agronomy – Sumatra, PT Evans Indonesia
Joined PT Evans Indonesia in December 2009 from Sime Darby Plantations where he was a vice-president. Has more than 40 years plantation industry experience, including with Harrisons & Crosfield, managing rubber, cocoa & coconut and oil-palm estates. Has a specialisation in oil-palm yield enhancement and biological control of leaf eating caterpillars, and training field assistants. Holds a Diploma in Agriculture from Agriculture University Malaysia.
Head of agronomy – East Kalimantan, PT Evans Indonesia
Joined PT Evans in Indonesia in 2022 after almost 30 years of experience, and has a diverse and extensive knowledge of working in the plantation sector. Started his career at Golden Hope Plantations before taking more senior roles at both TSH Resources and at Eagle High Plantations. More recently worked as a visiting agent for Asian Agri Plantations.
Head of engineering, PT Evans Indonesia
Appointed Head of engineering in March 2023. A graduate from Diponegoro University, majored in Naval Engineering. Started his milling profession at Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology (PT SMART), working with them for 15 years. Joined PT Evans Indonesia as a Senior Manager, Engineering, in 2010, and was involved from the start in the design, construction and operation of all the Group’s mills, bulking installations, and Biogas plants. Has over 28 years’ experience in the milling industry.
Head of legal – PT Evans Indonesia
Joined PT Evans in October 2008, having worked previously for several large plantation companies, and appointed Head of the Group’s legal department in January 2020. A qualified lawyer from the University of North Sumatra, with over 25 years of legal experience. Responsible for all Indonesian legal issues including land titles and licencing, company agreements, and acquisitions.
Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics
DSc, PhD, BSc, R.Nutr.
Tom Sanders is emeritus Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics at King’s College London. He was appointed Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics in 1994 at King’s College London and was Head of the Division of Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences when he retired in 2014. He has published over 300 scientific papers, authored several books and continues to contribute chapters in leading nutrition textbooks. His research career focused on the effects of dietary fat in relation to cardiovascular health. He has served on scientific advisory committees for the UK government and for the Malaysian Palm Oil board, and was a panel member of the World Health Organization/Food and Agricultural Organization Joint Expert Consultations on the role of fatty acid in human nutrition in 1993 and in 2008. He continues to play an active role in communicating nutritional science via the press and broadcast media.
Department of Nutritional Sciences
King’s College London,
150 Stamford Street,
London SE1 9NH
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