Dr. Gerry Ford is Chairman and Chief Executive of Caffè Nero Group Limited, Europe’s largest independent coffee house group. Dr. Ford founded Caffè Nero in 1997, which was listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) from 2001-2007. In 2007, Caffè Nero was taken private, and today he is the majority shareholder of the company.

In 2005, Dr. Ford was named the UK’s Entrepreneur of the Year by the Financial Times and The London Stock Exchange.

Dr. Ford has a BA from Stanford University, an MBA from INSEAD, and a PhD from Oxford University.  He sits on the boards of several consumer goods businesses throughout Europe and the USA and is a frequent speaker about developing consumer brands and entrepreneurship throughout the world.

Ben Price oversees all financial aspects of the Caffè Nero group, as well as site acquisitions in the UK.

Mr Price has a physics degree from Oxford and qualified as an accountant with Ernst & Young, where he worked for five years in the audit practice. Since then he has had over 25 years of senior management experience in the retail sector. For three years he was at Dixons, where he became one of the senior finance managers reporting directly to the Group Financial Director.

He then served as the finance controller of a furniture retailer before joining Caffè Nero in June 1997, as part of Gerry Ford’s original management team.

Michael Ford-Deegan is a Global Director at Caffè Nero. He is also a Partner and Director at Paladin Partners, a private equity group that specializes in investments in consumer goods and food & beverage businesses, including Caffè Nero.

Prior to this, Michael was Executive Officer of a large publicly traded (NASDAQ) global wireless communications supplier, based in the United States. He began his career in public service working as Chief of Staff in both the California Legislature and United States Congress with oversight for the International Finance & Development Committee.

Michael has a BA in International Relations/World Trade from the University of California and an MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Robin became YO! Sushi’s CEO in 2000. Over last 17 years, Robin & team have built the iconic restaurant chain from 3 to 80 company owned restaurants in the UK & USA plus over a dozen franchise restaurants in international airports and the Gulf region.

Robin led YO! Sushi’s MBOs in 2003, 2008 and most recently in 2015. His management philosophy is simple as he agitates for ‘continual improvement’ across 5 areas (or the 5 P’s) – People, Product, Property, Promotion and Profit. His achievements have been recognised by Retailer of Year and Cate & Peach Icon awards to name a few, while the wider YO! Sushi team have been recognised for design, company, menu, technology and as an outstanding employer.

Robin is also a member of ALMR board and is NED with Marstons PLC, Ethos (Gulf restaurant platform) and Caffè Nero.