Biographies

Each member of Volac’s Senior team is passionate about fulfilling our purpose: Dairy Nutrition for a Healthier World and achieving strategic ambitions and commercial goals across every part of the business.

  • James Neville

    CEO

    James joined Volac in 1989 and became CEO in 2012, having been Managing Director for nine years. He has a real passion for the dairy industry and continues to realise Volac’s global strategy, as a fast-growing international business that brings the proven benefits of dairy nutrition to consumers and farm animals.  He keenly promotes the nutritional benefits of whey to the broader public.

    James embodies Volac’s entrepreneurial heritage with a real sense of ambition and pride and inspires all staff to achieve the purpose of the company: promoting Dairy Nutrition for a Healthier World – a goal Volac is determined to achieve.

    James encourages everyone at Volac to pursue win-win situations, where the business can both fulfil its ambitions and help partners to achieve theirs.

  • David Neville

    Managing Director

    David is Managing Director of Volac’s Animal Nutrition business. He joined Volac in 1992 and after several sales and marketing roles, turned its small agri-bio company, Interprise Ltd. into a successful forage business that continues today. He then became Animal Products director in 2000.

    David’s passion for the industry and extensive product knowledge, combined with the customer service ethos of his team, have made Volac the market-leader across Young Animal Nutrition, Feed Fats and Forage Conservation product sectors.

    David also led important acquisitions including Golden Maverick and Ecosyl brands and has overseen the development and growth of many national and international trading partnerships.

    He is also Chairman of the global joint venture, Volac Wilmar Feed Ingredients (VWFI), formed in 2015 by Volac and Wilmar International Limited (Singapore).

  • Noah Franklin

    Group Finance Director

    Noah joined Volac in 2014 as Group Finance Director. He is also a director of Volac Renewable Energy Ltd. and of Volac’s principal joint ventures: Volac Wilmar Feed Ingredients Limited, DVN and MVI.

    Noah graduated with first class honours in Philosophy and French from Oxford University and subsequently worked for eleven years at Arthur Andersen in London and Paris. After a period at Whitbread, he spent twelve years at Cadbury Schweppes in a variety of finance and general management roles.

    He has also had spells as Chief Financial Officer of an arable farming venture in Argentina and of Elektron Technology plc, an AIM-listed company.

    Noah is a Chartered Accountant and a trustee and treasurer of Diabetes UK.

  • Alan Armstrong

    Supply Chain Director

    Alan joined Volac in 1990 and holds a Degree in Agriculture from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

    Alan previously worked in manufacturing roles with Express Dairies and Coca Cola and his first role at Volac was as Factory Manager for our Felinfach site, overseeing substantial investments and growth in the key commercial area of whey processing.

    He then became Supply Chain Director for the entire business in 2006.

    Alan is responsible for optimising assets and operations, including raw material procurement and process development, to realise Volac’s ambitious plans for growth.

    He is committed to continuous improvement and sustainable best-practice methodologies and he believes that these approaches will safeguard excellence throughout Volac’s customer-focused supply chain.

  • Hartwin Feddersen

    Director, Performance & Dairy Ingredients

    Hartwin joined Volac’s executive board in 2016, having spent more than twenty years working in nutrition, dairy and sports industries, fifteen of which he spent in Asia.

    He oversees Volac’s Performance & Dairy Ingredients business and is responsible for managing, developing and executing its long-term strategic objectives and fulfilling ambitious growth plans.

    Hartwin manages a team of specialists across sales, marketing and consumer insight, product development, technical customer service, nutrition and group regulatory affairs.

    Hartwin is a dual Danish/German national and holds a Masters in International Business from Aarhus University (Denmark)/Università Degli Studi di Siena (Italy). He has participated in Executive education and leadership programs at IMD business school, Stanford University, Cranfield University, UCLA and London Business School.

  • Roger Coles

    Human Resources Director

    Roger joined Volac in 2015 as HR Director.

    He is responsible for Volac’s People strategy and oversees an HR team that provides a full HR service, including Learning and Development; Compensation and Benefits; Employee Welfare and Payroll services.

    Roger also oversees Health & Safety and Facilities at Volac’s Head Office and is a member of the Group Health and Safety Committee.

    Prior to joining Volac, Roger held a variety of senior HR positions over a fifteen-year period with Mars/Wrigley. He was based in Munich, Germany for eight of those years, leading the HR team for Wrigley Europe.He also worked for Alcan and Marks and Spencer before then.

    Roger graduated from Plymouth University with an honours degree in Personnel Management and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

  • Neville Chapman

    Director, Business Development

    Neville joined Volac in 2008.

    He is a graduate in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Brunel University, UK and holds an MBA from London Business School.

    Neville was sponsored in his graduate studies by Metal Box and in his early career undertook various Research & Development and Project roles for them around the world.

    He previously worked for Courtaulds at its Head Office based in London. After two years he became President Director of Courtaulds'  Indonesian packaging business and eventually was a member of a buy-out team which purchased the global business in 1998.

    Neville has also worked across several business functions during his career, including Human Resources and has significant experience of running companies across China, India and Indonesia.

  • Alex Rippon

    General Counsel and Company Secretary

    Alex joined Volac in July 2017 and is a senior lawyer and company secretary, familiar with managing risk at Board level in regulated and unregulated industries, from start-up to multi-national level.

    He was previously General Counsel and Company Secretary for Horizon Nuclear Power (a £15bn UK nuclear project company owned by Hitachi), and worked previously with the energy company E.ON and the environmental services business, Severn Trent Plc.

    Recognising the vital importance of ethical business behaviour, Alex has extensive experience of corporate issues and commercial transactions in the UK and international contexts and knowledge of competition, environmental, IP and regulatory matters.

    Alex is a solicitor and holds two degrees from London University, an LLB from King’s College and an LLM in Environmental Law from SOAS.