Meet the team

Terry Coates

Managing Director“If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be better than what you are.”

Terry, who holds a Biology degree from Exeter University, is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London in 1993. Terry spent six years with Kvaerner, the engineering and construction conglomerate, restructuring numerous businesses around the world and holding permanent Finance Head positions in Paris and Moscow.  More recently he was EMEA Finance Director for the global environmental consultancy, Environmental Resources Management Ltd, a successful 3i investment in London. Terry joined Standard Brands in April 2007 as Interim Finance Director, and was appointed Managing Director by the majority shareholder, Graphite Capital, a London-based private equity firm, in October 2007. Since that time, Standard Brands has improved its profitability and its people so as to provide a solid platform on which to build, has upgraded its route to market via premium distributors, launched world class new products and opened new markets, including the US, Middle East, Southern Africa, Australasia and South America.

Denis McCourt

Finance & Factory Director“I'm sorry, if you were right, I'd agree with you.”

A qualified accountant, Denis worked in private practice for the first part of his career dealing with a wide variety of clients. Post qualification, he moved into industry, working in a number of divisions of the Rennicks Group owned by the Fitzwilton Group, where his roles included responsibility for management accounts’ preparation, project costings and cash flow management. He joined Standard Brands after its incorporation in 2001 as Assistant Financial Controller and was appointed Finance Director in September 2008. Denis was appointed Factory Director in 2010.

Pat Kiernan

Director Head of Finance & IT“Don’t go home any day without learning something new.”

Previously Financial Controller in one of the largest furniture wholesalers in Ireland and UK. Based in Dundalk Co Louth, was part of a team which grew the business into a successful wholesale business, doubling turnover in 3 years and opened a distribution centre in the UK along with a direct sell internet business. Prior to that was employed by Irish Food Processors Group (now ABP) for 24 years and filled a number of key positions in the company such as Group Consolidation Accountant, Group Treasury Accountant, and Group Management Accountant.  Joined  Standard Brands in September 2011 as Group Financial Controller and was appointed to the Board of Directors in March 2015.  Pat is also Director of local Credit Union, Trustee of local Community Centre and has coached and mentored numerous successful underage Gaelic football teams over the past 13 years.

Richard Harris

Sales & Marketing Director“I've got a burning heart, keeps me moving, and keeps me looking for life…”

With over 20 years’ experience in the FMCG sector, Richard is an accomplished sales and marketing professional who has led the growth of many international companies. In his early career, Richard headed up the team at St Ivel which launched the well- known spreads brand ‘Utterly Butterly’ into all trade channels. Richard then went on to become the Group Sales Director for the beauty brand owner Vivalis Ltd., where he initiated and managed many business transformation projects, one of the most notable being the successful rebrand and repositioning of the collection 2000 make up line and its introduction to Boots, which went on to displace Christian Dior’s position in the UK’s top 10 cosmetic brands. Today, Richard heads up the Standard Brands sales and marketing team globally, establishing new markets such as the Middle East and growing key existing market share. Richard loves to travel and is passionate about music, spending his down time discovering new bands and going to as many gigs as possible!

Alison Whiting

Head of Marketing“Life is too short, just go for it and figure it out after!”

Siân Griffiths

Marketing Manager “It you don't like something make a positive step and change it.”

Katie Penn

Assistant Brand Manager“The past is your lesson. The present is your gift. The future is your motivation.”

Thomas Carr

Marketing Executive“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”

Debbie Hallgren

Head of Trading Support“The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better.”

Angelica Harris

Category Manager“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”

Rianna McDonald

Category Insight Analyst“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

Peter Lewin

Trading Controller UK and Canada“Nothing in life worth achieving comes easy. The tougher the challenge, the sweeter the taste of success.”

Stuart McCready

Trading Controller Ireland & USA“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

Melinda Massiere

Trading Manager, Continental Europe“C'est la vie!”

Laurene Parkin

Trading Manager Middle East and Emerging Markets“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”

Keiron Francis

Military Specialist“Never give up.”

Angela Casey

Office Manager“Money, Money, Money must be funny in a rich man’s world” – because I really “work all day to pay the bill I have to pay.”

Gabie Ciaff

Office and Customer Service coordinator“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Jennifer Clarke

Accounts Administrator“Keep Calm and Ukulele on.”

Anne Moore

Payroll Administrator“I spend my life putting money in their wallets.”

Niamh Chambers

Commercial Accountant“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”

Eugene Winters

Assistant Financial Controller“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

Freddie Vernon

Quality Assurance / Technical Manager“……intelligent, innovative, witty, handsome…….and above all else, modest!”

Bronagh McKeown

QA and Technical Coordinator“Always seize the opportunity to learn or try something new.”

Gordon McDonnell

Manufacturing / Quality Coordinator“Yey though I walk through the valley of the Shadow of Death, I fear no evil because; I have all the ‘Risk Assessments & Safety Policies’ with me.”

James Hanratty

Engineering Manager“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

Pat Finegan

Production Manager“I will look after that.”

Sharon McDonnell

Factory Planner“Get busy living or busy dying.”

Jim Ryan

Production Development Manager“If you keep doing what you are doing you will keep getting what you have got.”

Catherine Mulvihill

Co-Pack Planner“Keeping it lit worldwide.”

Aileen Brown

Transport Co-Coordinator“Shipping all over The World.”