The Executive Team

The APC Group / The Executive Team

Barry Rawlinson

Chief Executive Officer

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Gary Crates

Chief Executive Officer, Europe

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Steven Watts

Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific

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Dean Henry

Chief Business Development Officer, Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Jinda Tonkhambai

Operations Director, Thailand

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Robin Jewer

Agricultural Director

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Lionel Jayawardene

Chief Operating Officer, Sri Lanka

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Boonchuay Jomkhamsee

Forestry Specialist

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Barry Rawlinson

Chief Executive Officer

Barry is a British national with extensive overseas executive and management experience. Graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), he has held the position of Group Chief Executive Officer of Asia Plantation Capital since 2010. Barry has more than 30 years of expertise in senior management, with 10 years based in the agroforestry industry, developing and managing sustainable plantations.

Barry’s interest in the environment and ecological sustainability issues, together with a commercial
background, attracted him to the forestry industry in Thailand and subsequently to Asia Plantation Capital. He has orchestrated and piloted a range of social and environmental projects that have become a core principle of Asia Plantation Capital’s corporate and commercial philosophy.

Gary Crates

Chief Executive Officer, Europe

A successful international executive with a broad range of senior management experience, from owning multiple international franchises, through to being a Regional Director of a major multi-national business with 500+ staff and a USD 200m turnover.

As the CEO of Europe, Gary drives the growth and expansion of Asia Plantation Capital into Europe, initially focusing on key strategic markets in the UK, France, Germany and Switzerland. A seasoned professional in all aspects of real estate-based investments, Gary has been involved in various global projects such as social housing in Brazil, residential properties in Romania and Spain, agricultural projects in Africa and Europe, and now sustainable forestry plantations in Asia.

Steven Watts

Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific

Steve joined the APC team to spearhead its plantation acquisitions and management in Malaysia. He is also overseeing the establishment of a retail presence in malls around the country, and the opening of regional branch offices for APC. He brings with him more than 30 years of management experience, specifically in the sales and marketing sector, and is formerly a Senior Director of Jaguar Cars.

Dean Henry

Chief Business Development Officer, Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Dean Henry has more than 20 years’ experience in customer relations and interactions, having run large consultancy teams and headed up several investment businesses. Dean has held UK FCA Approved Person status (FCA was previously known as FSA), which provided him with considerable insight into understanding the needs and requirements of high net-worth clients. He has acquired a great depth of market knowledge by dealing both with high-net-worth individuals, as well as large international corporate and consortia.

Jinda Tonkhambai

Operations Director, Thailand

Jinda is a Thai national whose family has been in the agricultural business for generations. She assumed her role in the family business at a young age, and has acquired a lifetime’s experience in the operational management of farms and plantations. Jinda grew up in the rural area of Sakon Nakhon in Northeast Thailand, which is now a key strategic region for the development of Asia Plantation Capital’s new plantations.

A senior figure and major employer in the local community, Jinda offers a local commercial advantage through her network of contacts. Her principal role is as Senior Director of Operations for plantations in the Sakon Nakhon area. In this integral day-to-day role of plantation management, she is responsible for operational staff recruitment ,training, liaising and negotiating with vendors and suppliers, budgeting and strategic planning. She is involved in land identification and acquisition, and oversees the architectural design of the plantations, as well as being responsible for a large, local workforce.

Robin Jewer

Agricultural Director

With a Ph.D. in organic farming and husbandry, Robin has more than 25 years’ experience in the management of global agricultural operations. Born in the UK, and having spent the first part of his career working on large UK farms, Robin went on to manage some of Russia and Europe’s biggest agricultural estates for both listed and non-listed companies. Robin is ‘Basis’ qualified, which enables him to dispense advice on agronomy to current and would-be growers, and lists his tenure as the Agricultural Director for the Saudi royal family as one of many career highlights. Robin’s agroforestry expertise and experience play a vital role in the development and success of APC’s managed plantations.

Lionel Jayawardene

Chief Operating Officer, Sri Lanka

Lionel was previously an Assistant Conservator of Forests in the Forest Department, Sri Lanka – a senior staff grade position in the Sri Lanka Scientific Service of the Public Sector. He brings with him 34 years’ experience and a great depth of knowledge in all aspects of forestry.

Boonchuay Jomkhamsee

Forestry Specialist

Boonchuay joined Planation Capital in February 2013. He has more than 18 years’ experience in forestry management and silviculture, gained from working in government, and with private companies. Boonchuay has accumulated more than 10 years of experience in agarwood, bamboo, teak, and several other plantation species.