IAN FITZWILLIAM, CHAIRMAN/GROUP CEO
Ian started his career with Brydens in 1978 as a Salesman in the Hardware & Housewares Division. He successfully worked his way up to the role of Division Director in 1992, providing leadership and oversight for both the Hardware & Housewares and Food & Grocery Divisions.
His hard work, unwavering passion and deep understanding of the business ultimately earned him appointment to the position of Managing Director/CEO in 2000. Today he provides strategic leadership over the entire Brydens Group of Companies.
Ian is Group CEO and serves on the Board of ASB Holdings; he also serves as Chairman of A.S. Bryden & Sons (Trinidad) and FT Farfan Board of Directors and as Deputy Chairman of Bryden pi Board of Directors.
Ian holds a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
DAVID FRANCO, MANAGING DIRECTOR
David brings to his Managing Director role over 20 years of experience in progressive leadership roles across many industries including advertising, marketing, sales and distribution.
He joined Brydens in 1997 as a Sales and Promotions Manager in the Premium Beverages Division. By 2003, his hard work ultimately led to his appointment to the Board of Directors and promotion to Division Director.
His entrepreneurial spirit, charisma and successful growth of the Premium Beverages Division was rewarded with his appointment to Managing Director in 2011. He also serves on the Board of Bryden pi Limited.
David earned a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
STEPHEN WELCH, DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR
Stephen joined Brydens in 1997 as a Sales Manager in the Food & Grocery Division. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in the manufacturing and distribution sectors.His astute business practices and achievements as a Sales Manager, led to him being appointed to the Brydens Board of Directors and promoted to Director of the Food & Grocery Division in 2003. In 2019 he was appointed as Deputy Managing Director whilst simultaneously carrying out his Divisional Director role.
In October 2020 he took up full duties as Deputy Managing Director.
He currently also serves on the Board of Franco Trading & Distribution Limited Board of Directors .
Stephen earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Canada.
GEOFFREY GORDON, GROUP FINANCE DIRECTOR
Geoffrey started working with Brydens in 1994 as the Group Financial Controller, and has more than 30 years of industry experience.
His valued contributions and exemplary technical abilities led to Geoffrey being appointed to the Board of Directors in 2000 and moved into his current role of Group Finance Director. He also serves on the ASB Holdings Board of Directors.
As Group Finance Director he is responsible for the leadership and oversight of the overall financial strategy across the Bryden Group of companies, to ensure maximized long-term shareholder value.
Geoffrey is a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), London.
HAZRATH RAMDIAL, DIRECTOR FINANCE
Hazrath joined Brydens in 1974 as a clerk in the Accounts Department. Over the years he has moved to progressively more responsible roles within the Finance Division, culminating with a promotion to Financial Controller and being appointed to the Brydens Board of Directors in 2000. He is also a former Director of FT Farfan Limited.In his current Director Finance role, Hazrath provides invaluable insight and oversight of all accounting, credit control, and inventory control activities ensuring accurate and cost-efficient operations to support continuous Company growth and maximum profitability.
Hazrath holds an EMBA from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.
ANDREW CROOKS, DIRECTOR - PREMIUM BEVERAGES DIVISION
Andrew has been part of the ASB Group of Companies since 2009 where he initially held the role of Business Development Manager in the Hardware & Housewares Division. In 2012 he was promoted to Sales Manager before transferring in 2014 to the Premium Beverages Division in the same capacity.
A natural go getter, his goal oriented mind-set allowed him to make positive changes during his tenure in the Premium Division. In 2019, he joined our sister company FT Farfan as General Manager, Service & Parts Division bringing the same energy and focus to his team.
In October 2020 we welcomed Andrew back as the newly appointed Director, Premium Beverages Division.
Andrew holds a B.A. Commerce, University of Guelph and MBA from The Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.
NICHOLAS HOSPEDALES, DIRECTOR - FOOD & GROCERY DIVISION
Nicholas joined Brydens in 2006 as General Manager Operations. He has more than 20 years of experience locally and internationally in the FMCG industry in both the operational and commercial aspects of the business.
In 2010 he was appointed to the Brydens Board of Directors and promoted to Director Operations. He is a former Director of Bryden pi Limited.
His illustration of a mature and success oriented approach as Director Operations resulted in his appointment as Director Premium Beverages Division in 2014.
In October 2020, he was appointed Director, Food & Grocery Division
Nicholas holds a BSc in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies.
ANDREW MILLAR, DIRECTOR - HARDWARE & HOUSEWARES DIVISION
Andrew joined Brydens in 1994 as a Sales Manager in the Hardware & Housewares Division; a role which he held for six years. He has more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience across both financial and distribution sectors.
His ruthless sales abilities and success as a Sales Manager, eventually led to him being appointed to the Board of Directors and promoted to Director of the Hardware & Housewares Division in 2000; a post which he currently holds.
Andrew earned a BA in Marketing from the Florida Atlantic University
HAYDEN WARREN, DIVISION MANAGER - FOOD SERVICE DIVISION
Hayden joined Brydens in 2001 as an Events Coordinator and progressed up to the role of Promotions Manager in 2005. He has over 20 years of experience in sales and promotions across both the financial and distribution sectors.
His passion and drive along with his success as a Promotions Manager, led to Hayden being invited to head the company's newest Sales Division, Food Service. He was therefore promoted to Food Service Division Manager in 2013, a position which he currently maintains.
Hayden possesses an LCCI Diploma in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations
TIFFANY REID, GENERAL MANAGER HUMAN RESOURCES
Tiffany joined Brydens in 2010. She has over 15 years of senior human resource management and consulting experience in the public and private sectors across a variety of industries. Her broad experience includes benefits and compensation, employee/industrial relations, talent acquisition and management.
She currently heads and sets the strategic direction of the Human Resource and Safety Departments; ensuring all initiatives support high levels of performance, engagement and productivity within a strong safety culture.
Tiffany earned a BSc in Environment from the University of Guelph, Canada, and an MBA in Management and Organization Studies from Simon Fraser University, Canada.