Executive Management Team
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.
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.
Chief Financial Officer
Huw joined The Royal Mint in September 2020 as Chief Financial Officer, bringing extensive accounting and commercial experience gained in the UK and overseas. Huw is a qualified accountant, having started his career at KPMG - working across the assurance and transaction teams in Britain and New Zealand. He progressed to hold prominent roles across a variety of leading firms including Legal & General, Gyrus Group, General Electric and Pure Wafer. Prior to joining The Royal Mint Huw was Chief Financial Officer of Cardiff Airport.
Outside of the office, Huw enjoys all sports but particularly running and cycling, as well as supporting his wife and daughters in their athletic endeavours.
Director of Currency
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.
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.
Chief Commercial Officer –
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).
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.