Jim is currently Non-Executive Chairman of RiverRidge, since September 2016, an investment supported by the Business Growth Fund and Augean plc, since 2012. He has also been a non-executive Director of Mar City Homes, since July 2016. Jim has considerable experience in the waste sector (since circa 1997) and has also worked within manufacturing, having held several senior roles within these sectors. He was CEO of the UK business of FCC, a leading Spanish construction business, following its acquisition of Waste Recycling Group (WRG) in 2006 from TerraFirma Capital Partners whom Jim worked with from 2003 during their initial acquisition of WRG. Jim was an Executive Director of Shanks plc and also CEO of SCAID Capital, whose main business was Willerby Holiday Homes a manufacturer of holiday homes for the leisure sector.
Brett Ross is the CEO of RiverRidge Holdings and a director of Full Circle Generation Limited. Originally from Zimbabwe, Brett was a graduate from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. He began his career at Coopers and Lybrand in Harare, before joining the Crest Breeders International Group in 1994. Brett developed the company’s grain and feedstock procurement division while representing the company as a founding member of the Zimbabwe Agricultural Commodity Exchange. Brett exited his shareholding in Crest Breeders International shortly after it was listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange via Farmers Co-Op Limited in 2000. In 2003, Brett and his family relocated to Ireland where Brett joined the London based derivatives trading company, CTC Traders Limited. He spent a number of years trading short term interest rate futures before acquiring Coleraine Skip Hire and Recycling Limited (later to be renamed RiverRidge Holdings Limited) in 2011 where he assumed the role of CEO. Since the acquisition, Brett has grown the company substantially as well as driven the £107m project to build Northern Ireland’s first large scale waste to energy facility. Brett is married to Marie-Louise and has 3 children.
Cecil joined RiverRidge as Corporate Operations Officer in August 2017. Having served with Bombardier for 23 years, he left as Operations and Plant Engineering Director. Cecil’s experience lies within the renewable energy industry having delivered the largest solar farm, the largest biogas project, and the largest energy from waste facility for Bombardier. The latter alongside RiverRidge. Cecil is married to Angela and they have three children.
Dale is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years international experience in the banking, finance and energy sectors. Originally from New Zealand, Dale has previously worked in London and Melbourne before moving to Northern Ireland in 2008. Prior to joining RiverRidge in August 2021, Dale was the Director of Corporate Banking Northern Ireland for Bank of Ireland. He has structured and led some of the largest corporate debt transactions in Northern Ireland including developing a significant renewable energy portfolio for the Bank. Dale has worked closely alongside Brett Ross and the RiverRidge team since 2016 to help support and facilitate their growth strategy. Dale has an in depth understanding of many sectors across the island of Ireland and a strong local and international network. He has also been an active member of the Institute of Directors NI and the CBI Council in NI.
Graham sits on the Board of RiverRidge as a non executive director on behalf of BGF and has been involved with the business since BGF invested in 2016. Graham joined BGF in 2015 and works closely with the boards of existing investments across Scotland and Northern Ireland to help achieve their growth plans. Graham is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a first class honours degree in Business Studies & Accountancy from Edinburgh University. He began his career at KPMG, working in its Regional Advisory team, providing business restructuring and debt advisory advice to SMEs across a variety of sectors.
Cara joined RiverRidge in December 2020. She is a Chartered Management Accountant with over 18 years’ experience in the manufacturing sector. Having graduated from Business School in 1996 with an MBA, Cara moved to Dublin to complete her training. Since then, she has undertaken various senior finance roles from reporting to strategic planning and business partnering. Twenty years working with large global companies has offered Cara the opportunity to be involved in projects ranging from Sarbanes Oxley compliance, three ERP implementations, process improvement projects, Invest NI five-year business plan development, M&A and manufacturing site relocations. Cara also completed a two-year secondment in Supply and Operations Planning focusing on the development of demand planning and mid-long term capacity planning functions. During her 18-year career at Schrader Electronics/Sensata Inc., Cara was involved in supporting the business and finance function in their growth from £20M revenue p.a.,180 employees, one site to £500M Revenue p.a., 1400 employees and four global sites.