Hull's best paid bosses - and how much they earn

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 11 Mar 2019

The highest-paid bosses of Hull businesses have been revealed.

Using information publicly released by companies, Hull Live has compiled a list of the top earners in the city.

From FTSE food and chemical businesses to universities and internet giants, the bosses who make the list represent companies from all sectors.

They are all on at least six-figure salaries, with the top earner pocketing more than £1m every year.

In some cases, the highest paid director at the business is named publicly. In others, Hull Live is only able to confirm the amount a company pays its biggest earner.

Here is the list of the city’s top-paid bosses, using the most recent figures available and including only base salary and not bonuses.

Namal Nawana – Smith & Nephew CEO - $1.54m (£1.18m)

Smith and Nephew CEO, Namal Nawana

The CEO at the FTSE 100 medical manufacturer was appointed last April, ending a six-month search for a new boss.

Formerly heading up American medical manufacturer Alere, he succeeded former chief executive Olivier Bohuon at Smith & Nephew.

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Mr Nawana joined Alere in 2012 and oversaw the improvement of revenues at the firm, as well as the $5.3bn acquisition by Abbott in 2017.

William Jackson Food Group - £790,000

The Jacksons bakery in Derringham Street

The name of the highest-paid director was not revealed by the well-known Hull food company, which last year sold Yorkshire pudding brand Aunt Bessie's for more than £200m.

William Jackson followed up the sale with the acquisition of Lancashire-based ingredients supplier Wellocks, and then again last November, when it bought Belazu.

The sixth-generation family business currently employs around 2,000 people across its whole portfolio, and perhaps most famously runs Jackson's Bakery in Derringham Street.

Steve Foots, CEO at Croda - £643,045

Steve Foots, CEO at Croda (Croda)

Steve Foots was appointed to Croda's board in 2010, and has been its chief executive since early 2012.

Since joining the FTSE 100 chemicals giant as a graduate trainee in 1990, he has held a number of senior management positions, and became president of Croda Europe in 2010.

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Croda has bases in Hull and Rawcliffe Bridge, and is building a new £7m distribution facility in Goole.

Adam Couch, CEO at Cranswick - £616,000

Adam Couch, CEO of Cranswick

Adam Couch first joined Cranswick in 1991, and was first appointed to its board of directors in 2003 as managing director of fresh pork.

His knowledge of the food industry over the 28 years he has been with Cranswick led to him being appointed as Chief Operating Officer in 2011 He became CEO in 2012.

Under his leadership, Cranswick has continued to expand and become a major player in the food processing industry.

Siemens Gamesa - £587,000

Siemens Gamesa's blade factory in Hull (Scunthorpe Live)

The highest paid director at renewable energy giant Siemens Gamesa earns £587,000, company accounts revealed.

Siemens Gamesa is at the heart of the Humber's offshore wind sector, and is currently producing blades for Hornsea Project One, set to be the world's biggest farm off the East Yorkshire coast.

Arco - £542,000

Arco's headquarters in Waverley Street, Hull. (Hull Daily Mail)

The UK-leading supplier of safety equipment recently revealed plans to move to a new £22m development in Hull's Fruit Market.

According to accounts, Arco's top-paid director earns £542,000.

Employing 900 people in Hull, the company already has a presence in the Fruit Market with its digital team based at the C4Di complex.

Wykeland Group - £520,967

Wykeland is part of the team regenerating Hull's Fruit Market

Wykeland Group is half of the partnership which has spearheaded the re-development of Hull's Fruit Market, alongside Beal Homes.

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The developer is also the name behind Beverley's Flemingate Shopping Centre, and further afield is also working on the transformation of a former prison site in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, into a retail and leisure space.

Andrew Marr International - £514,000

Fishing and seafood giant Andrew Marr International is based in Hessle (Geograph)

The Hessle-based family business’ main activities lie in fish trading and processing, fishing, vessel management and food storage.

The business now employs more than 300 people, and trades under a number of subsidiaries.

They include J. Marr Seafoods Ltd, fish import and distribution specialist Fastnet Fish, and storage company AJK.

The top-paid director is currently on £514,000.

Bill Halbert - former CEO at KCOM - £405,000 (has since left role)

Bill Halbert, former CEO at KCOM

The former CEO at KCOM left the role in November last year, and was replaced by new boss Graham Sutherland.

He has however been included in the list as an indication of the salary earned by the top boss at the internet provider.

KCOM is currently finishing its Lightstream broadband rollout across the region.

Will Gardiner, CEO at Drax Group  - £397,000

Chief executive of Drax, Will Gardiner

Will Gardiner succeeded Dorothy Thompson as CEO at the energy giant back in 2017.

Drax supports around 6,000 jobs in the region, and last year completed the £702m purchase of a portfolio of hydro and gas power plants from ScottishPower.

Drax is also currently running a pioneering carbon capture and storage project, which is the biggest decarbonisation project in Europe.

J R Rix & Sons - £351,459

A Rix Petroleum tanker

J R Rix & Sons has a series of businesses within its portfolio. They include Rix Petroleum, Rix Shipping, offshore transport firm Rix Sea Shuttle and caravan manufacturer Victory Leisure Homes.

Rix dates back to 1873, and is now a fifth-generation family business.

The highest paid director at the business takes home more than £350,000.

AAK - £329,000

AAK based on King George Dock

AAK International is the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of edible oils, fats and speciality ingredients to the food industry

It was launched in Hull in 1982, and today is part of a company which has bases in more than 25 countries.

Company accounts revealed the top boss is on £329,000.

Professor Susan Lea, vice-chancellor at the University of Hull - £248,000

Professor Susan Lea vice chancellor at the University of Hull

Professor Lea took the helm at the city's university in 2017.

The former deputy vice-chancellor (academic) at the University of Greenwich, Prof Lea has a track record of leading successful organisational change and driving performance, having also held senior positions at King’s College London and Plymouth.

She is Hull University's first female vice-chancellor.

Swift Group - £224,765

Swift Group is one of the country's biggest caravan manufacturers

The caravan manufacturer currently employs around 1,250 people at its sites in Dunswell Road, Cottingham, Hedon Road, Hull and in Mexborough, South Yorkshire.

Read more: Swift Caravans confirms job losses in 'tough trading environment'

Swift is the largest single brand leisure vehicle manufacturer in Europe, and the largest manufacturer in the UK.

It was founded in 1964 by Ken Smith, the father of the current chairman, Peter Smith.

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