John Melling, Executive Chairman
John grew up on a mixed sheep and arable farm in Lancashire, eventually departing for Oxford University to study Geography. “Not then knowing what to do, I tossed a coin (being devoid of imagination, I could only think of either accountancy or law), and heads said ‘accountancy’.
“I joined Yorkshire Water in Leeds as a graduate trainee accountant in 1992, and then qualified in 1995 after gaining experience throughout the various finance and business planning functions of the business. I joined the family business in 1998, becoming Operations Director in 2000 and then Managing Director in 2002. I then became Executive Chairman of both Probiotics International Limited and Minsups Limited in 2006 – and I’ve held these positions ever since.
“I particularly enjoy the fact that I’ve been able to combine my farming background with my professional skills (such as they are) in running my family businesses. Less enjoyable over recent years has been my shared experience with my two sons as season ticket holders at Preston North End, though with our recent promotion back to the Championship perhaps sunnier times now lie ahead. Let’s hope this is true for British agriculture too.”