Our Board

Executive Directors

Jo Ritzema
 Jo Ritzema
 Managing Director

Jo Ritzema has been our Managing Director since 2013, having joined WCF in 2004 as Group Financial Controller. A Chartered Accountant, Jo was WCF’s first female Board member when she joined the Board in 2007. Her development through WCF is a great example of the opportunities given to those employees who wish to progress and are willing to push themselves out of their comfort zone and try new things. Jo is a passionate supporter of employee ownership and has been a Non-Executive Director of the Employee Ownership Association for almost 10 years and chairs their Finance and Audit Committee. A firm believer in continuous development Jo is also a member of Vistage, a peer learning and mentoring program for senior executives.

Phil Murray
 Phil Murray 
 Deputy Managing Director

Phil Murray joined WCF in April 2018 and was immediately appointed to the Board as Deputy Managing Director. A Chartered Accountant, Phil has held a number of Finance and Commercial Director positions in a number of sectors. Phil looks after our Fuels, Horticulture, Retail and e-Commerce fulfilment businesses. Phil sits on the management committee for the UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA). UKIFDA is the trade association for the liquid fuels distribution industry and is playing a key role in the future fuels strategy as the UK transitions towards greener energy. Phil is also a member of Vistage. 

Pam Murray
 Pam Murray
 Company Secretary

Pam Murray is Company Secretary of WCF and was appointed to the Board in 2017. A Chartered Management Accountant, Pam joined WCF as Financial Controller 2015 and is now our Head of Finance. Previously Pam spent 27 years at Enesco, the UK’s largest manufacturer and distributor of giftware and collectables.

Non-Executive Directors

Martin Ward
 Martin Ward

Now retired, Martin Ward was an Audit and Corporate Finance Partner with Dodd & Co Chartered Accountants. Martin chairs the WCF Finance and Audit Committee. Martin joined the WCF Board in 2007. Martin advised entrepreneurial companies on their growth strategies and how to implement robust corporate reporting. 

Dave Sewards
 Dave Sewards

An experienced business leader Dave has built, bought, merged and sold companies across several industries. He initially trained as accountant before transitioning to marketing and building Home Group into one of the biggest independant advertising in the UK. After leading a trade sale in 2021, he is now a Non Executive Chair/Director and Investor.