Colin Dingwall headshot

Source: Nairn’s

Colin Dingwall has been finance director for seven years

Gluten-free food supplier Nairn’s has named Colin Dingwall as its new managing director.

Dingwall, who is currently Nairn’s finance director, is stepping up to the top job in May 2024 following the retirement of current managing director Martyn Gray.

Gray will remain on the Nairn’s board and become a non-executive director. The company said that, during his 10-year tenure, the business had grown significantly while Gray had helped it navigate ‘extremely challenging’ market conditions in recent years.

“I’d like to put on record my thanks to Martyn for his enormous contribution to Nairn’s over the last ten years as MD,” added Nairn’s chairman Mark Laing.

Dingwall, who has been Nairn’s finance director for the past seven years, was previously director of finance and investor relations at C&C Group and, before that, held senior finance roles at Heineken UK.

“I am delighted Colin will succeed Martyn as managing director,” said Laing. “As finance director, Colin has steered the finances of the business with a firm hand and has provided excellent strategic guidance to the company.”

Meanwhile, Kevin Butterworth is this month joining Nairn’s as marketing director. He was chief marketing officer at Symington’s for five years and before that was marketing and international sales director at Seabrook Crisps.

“Kevin comes to us with extensive marketing knowledge and experience and is well equipped to take the Nairn’s brand on to new heights,” said Laing.

Midlothian-based Nairn’s can trace its origins back to 1896 when John and Sarah Nairn opened a bakery in Strathaven, Lanarkshire. The company said its two Edinburgh bakeries have a devoted team that sometimes spans generations of local families. It describes itself as the largest producer of oatcakes in the UK.

In August, the business expanded its Oaties biscuits range with a Toffee variety that joined its Original and Choc