Sir Michael Darrington

(Date first appointed: 2007)

Sir Michael Darrington

Mike is married with three children; he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and then joined United Biscuits.  He worked for them for 17 years in various roles and during this time went to Harvard Business School on an intensive four month course.  His final role with United Biscuits was turning round a loss-making subsidiary in Liverpool which employed 2,000 people – which he did without making anyone redundant.

He is firmly convinced that companies should provide excellent products or services that are great value and that they should constantly endeavour to raise their standards.

Mike joined Greggs in 1983 as Group Managing Director. Greggs was floated as a Public Company in May 1984 and by the time of Mike's retirement at the end of July 2008 it employed around 19,000 staff and had a turnover of c£600 million. One measure of success is that the share price rose from £1.35 on flotation to nearly £40 at the time of his retirement.

Mike takes a long term view of developing a business. He is a keen supporter of ethics in business - by putting Values at the heart of the organisation he believed that Greggs people would make a positive difference for themselves, their customers and the wider community - he is also an enthusiastic advocate of the ' enjoy ' word. 

Mike believes that although companies are owned by shareholders, they should also be for the benefit of staff, customers and the wider society. 

After previous significant involvements with the CBI and Business in the Community, he is now engaged in a number of charitable activities, including the Prince’s Trust, and also with community projects and campaigning for a fairer society.

He received his Knighthood for service to business and the community.