Sudden retirement for Inter Link boss

first_imgInter Link said last week that illness had forced its executive chairman, Alwin Thompson, to retire with immediate effect.Thompson, who founded Inter Link in 1994, had seen a steady decline in his health over the last year, said former deputy chairman Jeremy Hamer, who has become non-executive chairman following his departure. Hamer told British Baker that Thompson decided to retire on medical advice.He said: “Under Alwin’s leadership the company became one of the leading AIM success stories and his legacy must now be built on by his successors. This is a sad day for Inter Link Foods but Alwin’s priority must be his health.”Alwin Thompson’s departure follows a troubled 12 months for Inter Link. Chief executive Paul Griffiths left in October, with Chris Thompson, formerly group finance director, appointed his successor. A new finance director is due to be appointed next month.In January, the Blackburn-based baker announced it had seen poor sales in the hot summer and a difficult start at a new central distribution centre.One analyst said the turmoil may leave Inter Link open to a takeover bid. Another said: “Rival Manor Bakeries is getting itself sorted out, which has made life a lot harder for Inter Link. And with the moves to integrate its various bakeries, the pressure has been on.”last_img read more

Press release: Ex-mental health worker has sentence increased

first_imgA mental health crisis worker who sexually abused a teenage girl in his care has today had his sentence increased after the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, referred it for being too low.Givemore Tonderai Gezi, 40, met the victim through his role as a team leader with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services crisis team. The two kept in contact after their first meeting, with Gezi falsely telling her that he was single, and lying about his age.Over the next few weeks, Gezi engaged in repeated sexual activity with the victim. They had sex for the first time within a few days of the victim’s 16th birthday, and continued to have unprotected sex after this. Gezi’s offending was eventually discovered by his wife, who reported him to the police.Gezi was originally sentenced in December 2018 to 7 years and 8 months in prison at Exeter Crown Court. Today, the Court of Appeal has increased this to 10 years.Commenting on the increase, the Solicitor General said: Gezi lied to and manipulated a young, vulnerable victim into an inappropriate sexual relationship. It is only right that he should spend longer in prison given the heinous abuse of trust he committedlast_img read more