Riley joins the manufacturer from Fox’s Burton’s Companies, where he was responsible for the financial integration of Fox's Biscuits and Burton's into a single entity following its acquisition by the Ferrero confectionary group.
Prior to the merger, Riley held several senior finance roles during his over eight-year tenure with Burton’s Biscuit Company and spent almost 10 years with PWC across a number of senior roles.
Commenting on his appointment, he said: “I’m passionate about being part of organisations that have a powerful business mission and real growth potential. With a clear vision, The Compleat Food Group stood out as a business that I wanted to be part of and I am looking forward to being a part of the team as we look to fulfil these ambitions.”
In his new role, Riley will be responsible for driving forward The Compleat Food Group’s financial strategy.
Formed in October 2021, The Compleat Food Group was created from the merger of Addo Food Group and Winterbotham Darby, with the group acquiring Wrights Food Group in December 2021.
Brands and acquisitions
It is now a £0.7bn turnover food group, and is home to brands including Pork Farms, Wall’s Pastry, Squeaky Bean, Unearthed, Vadasz and most recently, Palace Culture, which it acquired in 2023.
Nick Field, chief executive at The Compleat Food Group, added: “Tom’s wealth of financial experience and depth of food industry knowledge will be invaluable as we enter the next phase of The Compleat Food Group’s growth journey.
“I’m delighted to welcome Tom on board, as we continue in our ambition to become the UK’s no.1 chilled prepared food company.”
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