meet our directors:

Joe was appointed in March 2011. He was appointed as non-executive Chairman at the GM in 2011. He has fulfilled the role of Executive Chairman on numerous occasions throughout his time with Coral Products PLC. Mr Grimmond is a Fellow of the Association of Accounting Technicians.
Joe Grimmond
Non Executive Chairman

Lance joined Coral Products Plc January 2024 from IG Design Group Plc where he served as Executive Board director from 2012, specifically as CEO IG Design Group International, and most recently based in Atlanta at IG Design Group Americas. 

Lance previously served time abroad in both West Africa and India for PepsiCo Inc. Returning to the UK in 1997 as Operations Director for Dalgety-Spillers Plc then thereafter in Managing Director roles for Saint-Gobain S.A. UK and RHM Plc as well as re-engineering and selling a family-owned food manufacturing enterprise, to Northern Foods Plc in 2000, subsequently closing the entire business on their behalf on account of consolidation and relocation of activities.

Lance has served on the CBI Council of Wales since 2018 and assumed the responsibility of Chair January 2023 stepping down December 2023 on account of relocation to The North West.

Lance Burn
David was appointed on 4 September 2015. He has over 30 years of experience in investment management and management consultancy. He is a shareholder in several private companies involved in asset trading platforms, sports and leisure, theatrical production and vinyl pressing.
David Low
Non Executive Director
Sharon was appointed in February 2017. She joined Coral Products as Group Financial Controller in December 2016. She has over 20 years of experience. She previously acted as Financial Controller of James Dewhurst Limited, prior to this she held accounting positions at Pets Choice Limited, Thames Water, Scott Health and Safety Limited and Uniqema Limited. Sharon is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Management Accountants.
Sharon Tinsley
FCMA, Finance Director & Company Secretary
Steve was appointed on 18 March 2021. He brings with him a wealth of experience having worked in the packaging industry for more than 30 years. In 2003 he co-founded Interpack Limited, and was a director until its disposal in March 2021. Steve was educated to degree level in polymers and rubber technology.
Steve Barber
Non Executive Director
Paul was appointed in July 2015. He is responsible for directing the business development activities and driving new sales growth by seeking market opportunities or acquisitions. Paul has over 20 years of management and leadership experience in the manufacturing industry. He is also the Chairman of Tatra Rotalac Limited, responsible for developing new and innovative product ranges for blue chip companies, including solutions for fibre optic broadband installations and rail infrastructure.
Paul Freud
Corporate Development Director
Phil was appointed in April 2022. He has a wealth of experience having worked in the plastics industry for over 35 years. He joined Tatra Plastics in 2011 which was acquired by the Group in 2016 and subsequently merged with Rotalac Plastics to form Tatra-Rotalac Ltd. He became the Managing Director of Tatra-Rotalac in 2018 and Manplas/Customised Packaging in 2022.
Philip Allen
Division Managing Director - Rigid Plastics
Ian joined Coral through the acquisition of Film & Foil Solutions Ltd in May 2022. Ian is the Managing Director of Film & Foil for 13 years and continues to lead the business. Prior to this, Ian has spent the majority of his career in the paper and plastic manufacturing industries holding senior, leadership and strategic directorships in large, global organisations in the UK and North America, including St Regis Paper (part of DS Smith PLC) and Mead Westvaco Corporation. Ian is also Managing Director of Alma Products Ltd since 2023.
Ian Hillman
Division Managing Director - Flexible Plastics

Remuneration committee: Joe Grimmond (Chairman) and David Low.

Responsible for the salary and bonus scheme for directors. For further information click here.

Audit Committee: David Low (Chairman) and Sharon Tinsley.

Responsible for the annual audit. For further information click here.

Contact: [email protected]

Directors responsibilities:

The Directors are responsible for the management of the business of the Coral group, setting its strategic direction and establishing its policies. It is the responsibility of the Directors to oversee the financial position of Coral and to monitor its business and affairs on behalf of its Shareholders, to whom the Directors are accountable.

The primary duty of the Directors is to act in the best interests of the company at all times. The Board also addresses issues relating to internal control and Coral’s approach to risk management.


Joe Grimmond

The Executive Chairman has overall responsibility for corporate governance and in promoting high standards throughout the Company. As well as leading and chairing the Board, the Executive Chairman’s responsibilities are:-

  • Committees are properly structured and operate with appropriate terms of reference.
    • The performance of individual directors, the Board and its committees are reviewed on a regular basis.
    • The Company has a coherent strategy and sets objectives against this.
    • There is effective communication between the Company and its shareholders.


Lance Burn

  • Advises the Board on strategy and development.
    • Advocates / promotes organisation and stakeholder change related to organisation mission.
    • Supports motivation of employees in organisation products/programs and operations.
    • Ensures staff and Board have sufficient and up-to-date information.
    • Looks to the future for change opportunities.
    • Interfaces between Board and employees.
    • Interfaces between organisation and community.
    • Formulates policies and planning recommendations to the Board.
    • Decides or guides courses of action in operations by staff.
    • Oversees operations of organisation.
    • Implements plans.
    • Manages human resources of organisation.
    • Manages financial and physical resources.
    • Assists in the selection and evaluation of board members.
    • Makes recommendations, supports Board during orientation and self-evaluation.

Board Administration and Support
Supports operations and administration of Board by advising and informing Board members, interfacing between Board and staff.
Program, Product and Service Delivery
Oversees design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of programs, products and services.
Financial, Tax, Risk and Facilities Management
Recommends yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manages organisation’s resources within those budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations.
Human Resource Management
Effectively manages the human resources of the organisation according to authorised personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations.
Community and Public Relations
Assures the organisation and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.


Sharon Tinsley

The roles of Finance Director and Company Secretary are combined. The Board acknowledges the QCA guidelines on this matter and consider the joint roles appropriate for the Company’s size.

The Finance Director is responsible for providing financial oversight of the Group, preparing the accounts, monitoring the performance of the Group companies and reporting on financial matters to the Board. Providing financial input on acquisitions.

The Company Secretary is responsible for providing clear and timely information flow to the Board and its Committees and supports the Board on matters of corporate governance and risk. The Company Secretary has direct access to the Chairman on matters of Corporate Governance.


Paul Freud

The Corporate Development Director is responsible in leading sales and client-relationship management, track new markets and emerging trends, recommend new products and services, propose and develop new strategic partnerships, writes proposals and plans, and guides long-term objectives to meet business needs and requirements.

  • Support Coral Products PLC’s role in financial planning process across the group from development of guidance for business units through completion of Board deliverables.
    • Coordinate with corporate business units on various financial plan submissions.
    • Prepare timely and accurate financial plan information, analysis and presentations for various financial plan review meetings.
    • Perform competitive intelligence of company’s peers including data outlining their financial performance and business strategies.
    • Analyze and report key trends and issues impacting industry and organisation.
    • Support dissemination of timely and accurate information for annual rating agency meetings and survey information.
    • Identify and enforce acquisition opportunities and objectives in meaningful way.
    • Manage an effective evaluation and due diligence process across functional disciplines.
    • Evaluate, develop and recommend deals and optimal deal structures to ensure maximum positive results.
    • Update and recommend senior management and Board of Directors regarding deal status, structure, valuation, strategic synergies, etc.
    • Ensure apt roles and responsibilities for post-close integration are clear and accepted before closing an acquisition.
    • Ensure closing process and agreements are handled appropriately working closely with legal, finance and other departments business partners.
    • Direct and manage integration process post-close across functional departments.
    • Cooperate and interact effectively with business leaders, team members and peers.


David Low and Steve Barber

The role of the Independent Non-Executive Directors is to contribute independent thinking and judgement through the application of their external experience and knowledge, scrutinise the performance of the Executive Directors, provide constructive challenge and ensure that the Company is operating within the governance and risk framework approved by the Board.

Board Committees:

Coral has a remuneration committee and an audit committee with formally delegated duties and responsibilities.
The remuneration committee, which comprises the executive directors and is chaired by the Non- executive Chairman, is responsible for determining Coral’s policy for the remuneration of the Directors and senior employees of the overall remuneration policy of the company.
The audit committee, which comprises the non-executive directors and is chaired by the Non-executive Chairman, meets on a regular basis under its terms of reference with the finance director and external auditors to review the financial statements and external financial announcements made by the company. It is responsible for reviewing and monitoring the external auditors independence and objectivity and reviews supplies of any non-audit services provided by the external auditors to ensure that independence and objectivity are not compromised.
A detailed breakdown of the constitution and terms of reference of the Audit and Remuneration Committee can be found here REMUNERATION COMMITTEE and AUDIT COMMITTEE.