British Polythene Industries Plc

British Polythene Industries Plc

Sector: Packaging Paper And Plastics Film Coated And Laminated Region: United Kingdom

: | London Stock Exchange: BPI

British Polythene Industries Plc manufactures and supplies polythene film, bags and sacks. It is also a recycler of polythene waste with recycling techniques for processing a diverse range of scrap materials ranging from agricultural films to post-use stretch films. In the food sector the company's products are used throughout the growing, processing and retailing cycle, with specialty agricultural films used to protect young and tender crops. The firm's broad range of printed films and bags are supplied throughout the food processing and packer/filler sectors, with its stretch and shrink films used to ensure secure and safe product distribution to the end user. The company's polythene films are extensively used to pack, promote and protect its customers' products throughout the non-food, industrial and manufacturing sectors. The company was founded on March 16, 1910 and is headquartered in Greenock, the United Kingdom.


Cameron McLatchie CBE, Chairman
Cameron joined the Board in 1983 on the acquisition of Anaplast where he had been Chairman and Managing Director since 1975. Cameron became Group Chairman and Chief Executive in 1988, relinquishing the role of Chief Executive in May 2003. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Scottish Equity Partners LLP.
John Langlands CA, Chief Executive
John has held the position of Chief Executive since May 2003. He joined the Board in 1994 as Group Finance Director from Eclipse Blinds plc, where he was also Finance Director, before being appointed as Chief Operating Officer in May 2002. He was previously Finance Director at Scottish Enterprise and United Wire Limited.
David Harris FCCA, Group Finance Director
David joined the Board as Group Finance Director in 2009. His responsibilities include information technology and energy purchasing. Since joining BPI in 1996, David has held a number of senior financial and general management positions, including Managing Director of BPI Industrial and Business Director of BPI Consumer. He was previously with Grant Thornton and is a former Chairman of the Scottish Finance Directors’ Group.
Hamish Grossart, Non-Executive Deputy Chairman
Hamish, who is the Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees, joined the Board in May 2005. He is currently Chairman of Artemis Investment Management and Indigovision Group plc. After a career in investment banking, he has, over more than 30 years, held a range of executive and non- executive positions in listed and unlisted companies covering a wide range of industries. He was Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of Cairn Energy PLC from 1996 to 2010, and Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of Scottish Radio Holdings plc from 1993 until 2005. Past Chairmanships include Royal Doulton PLC, Eclipse Blinds PLC, Scottish Highland Hotels Ltd, Hicking Pentecost Plc and EFT Group PLC.
Lord Jamie Lindsay, Non-Executive Director
Lord Lindsay joined the Board in March 2006. He is Chairman of BPI Pension Trustees Limited, the trustee of the Company’s UK pension scheme. He is currently Chairman of the agricultural group SRUC, SAC Commercial Limited and UKAS (UK Accreditation Service). He is also a member of the Government’s Better Regulation Strategy Group and President of The National Trust for Scotland. His career has included senior appointments in the commercial, environmental and government sectors, as well as ministerial responsibilities for agriculture, food, the environment and sustainable development. He has been Chairman of Elmwood College, Deputy Chairman of the UK Government’s Better Regulation Commission, a Non-Executive Director at Scottish Resources Group Ltd and UA plc, an Associate Director of the National Non-Food Crops Centre, and a member of the UK Government’s Risk and Regulation Advisory Council.
Ron Marsh, Non-Executive Director
Ron joined the Board in March 2011. He has 40 years experience in the packaging industry and from 1989 to July 2013 was Chief Executive of RPC Group PLC, Europe’s leading supplier of rigid plastic packaging products. Prior to that he was involved in the manufacture and sale of folding cartons, initially with Metal Box (1971-1987) and subsequently with Reed International PLC. He is also Chairman of the Packaging Federation (a company limited by guarantee) and was appointed Senior Independent Director of Polypipe Group plc on that company’s admittance to the Official List on 16 April 2014.
Ian Russell CA CBE, Non-Executive Director
Ian joined the Board in July 2011. He is a Chartered Accountant and Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is Chairman of Johnston Press PLC and of Remploy Limited and former Chairman of Advanced Power AG. He is also a Non-Executive Director of The Mercantile Investment Trust plc, British Assets plc and HICL Infrastructure Company Limited, and an adviser to Clyde Bergemann Power Group. Ian was previously Chief Executive of Scottish Power plc following a career in finance with HSBC, Mars Limited and KPMG.
David Warnock, Non-Executive Director
David joined the Board in August 2009. He co-founded the investment firm of Aberforth Partners and was a partner for 19 years until his retirement in 2008 prior to which he was with Ivory & Sime plc and before that, 3i Group plc. David is currently Chairman of Troy Income & Growth Trust plc and a Non-Executive Director of Standard Life European Private Equity Trust PLC.

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