Executive Management Team

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Anne Jessopp

Chief Executive

Anne Jessopp has significant experience in leading cultural change, manufacturing and growing new business, which was gained at some of the United Kingdom’s biggest firms, including Procter and Gamble, RAC and Rolls-Royce. Since joining The Royal Mint in 2008 Anne has held several positions on the Board, including HR Director and Director of Consumer, and has been a spearhead for the reinvention of the business. Under Anne’s leadership The Royal Mint has remained the world’s leading export mint, while successfully diversifying into investment products, collector services and a visitor attraction. A particular passion during her career has been working with companies who are developing their culture and undergoing significant change. As a result, The Royal Mint is now delivering its strategy of reinvention, while retaining its unique heritage as The Original Maker of meaningful products and services.

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LEIGHTON JOHN

Director of Operations

Leighton joined The Royal Mint in 1991 as an Engineering Apprentice. With a BEng in Integrated Engineering from Cardiff School of Engineering, Leighton held all the major production and engineering management roles in the business before becoming Head of Production and Operational Excellence in 2010. Specialising in Lean Manufacturing principles, tools and techniques, Leighton has successfully led several major change programmes whilst at The Royal Mint. During his time, he has transformed both the circulating and commemorative coin production areas into world-class operations. In 2015, the Lean Management Journal placed him in the top 25 lean practitioners in Europe. Leighton became Director of Operations in 2015.

 

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MARTIN MCDADE

Director of Finance

Martin is an experienced qualified Accountant (FCCA) with more than 30 years of experience gained in several senior positions with Playtex, Biwater, Glenfield Valves and AVK. Five years of this time was spent as Finance Director in an MBI team funded by Venture Capitalists (3i/SDF). He has extensive commercial knowledge gained in the manufacturing sector and joined The Royal Mint in 2006 as Financial Controller. He then went on to become Head of Finance within Commemorative Coin in 2010.

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andrew mills

Director of Circulating Coin Sales

Andrew joined The Royal Mint in 2009 from OpSec Security Limited where he was Managing Director and led a successful turnaround of the European business. Prior to 2004, he held sales and marketing positions with De La Rue, ICI, and Kodak, including an assignment in the United States with Eastman Kodak Company.

 

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SARAH BRADLEY

Director of HR

Sarah joined The Royal Mint as Head of HR in 2009. As a CIPD professional with a BSc Hons in Politics/International Relations, Sarah has extensive experience in a number of different areas, including HR, Learning and Development, and Organisational Change. Sarah began her career on a graduate training programme at Liberty, and went on to work at Mercury Communication and UCI Cinemas before becoming Head of HR at Siemens IT Service. Sarah then moved to New Zealand where she worked for a number of government departments, including the NZ State Services Commission and then later with NZ Deloitte as a HR Consultant. Sarah was appointed HR Director of The Royal Mint in 2015.

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NICOLA HOWELL

Chief Commercial Officer –
Consumer Division

Nicola joined The Royal Mint in 2012 as Head of Direct to Consumer, progressing to become Director of the Consumer division in 2018, and Chief Commercial Officer in 2020. With a background in the financial and healthcare sectors, Nicola brings a wealth of experience in leadership, sales and operations which have helped to grow The Royal Mint’s Consumer division in the UK and overseas. As Chief Commercial Officer, Nicola oversees strategy, revenue and operations for the Consumer and Precious Metal divisions – delivering the reinvention of the business by attracting more customers to collect, invest and celebrate with The Royal Mint. Nicola is recognised within the UK Finance and Leasing Association (FLA) and Florida State Business School for financial brokerage (FMB).

 

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Jonathan MCGREGOR

Chief Marketing Officer

Jonathan McGregor joined The Royal Mint’s Executive Management Team in October 2018 as Chief Marketing Officer. Having worked as a consultant in interim roles across some of the UK’s most prominent brands, Jonathan brings a wealth of experience in strategic marketing and the implementation of digital strategy. Jonathan’s CV boasts key marketing roles at Expedia, John Lewis, RAC, World Pay and The Co-op, as well as a number of start-ups and new energy companies such as First Utility Power and Power Energy. Determined to provide the catalyst between the business objectives of each portfolio under The Royal Mint’s brand, and the creative campaigns delivered to the customer, Jonathan hopes to lead the brand’s future while retaining the heritage, history and prestige it has become renowned for.

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SEAN MILLARD

Chief Growth Officer

Sean joined The Royal Mint in May 2020 as Chief Growth Officer, tasked with leading its transformation and diversification. He is accountable for the incubation and development of a portfolio of start-up businesses, including all strategic, financial and operational performance elements ahead of their adoption into the wider business. Sean’s diverse background includes 13 years with FTSE 100 Imperial Brands PLC, where he directed Sales and Marketing Operations for the Group, alongside being the co-founder of FlowerBe, an online flower delivery start-up, and MCS Ltd, his own strategy consultancy working primarily with P/E backed businesses. He holds a BA in Economics from Newcastle University, an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, and is on the board of Trustees for The Holy Cross Children’s Trust, a UK registered charity primarily supporting children affected by the AIDS pandemic in South Africa.

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