Lynne Mallinson

Lynne, who has a lifetime’s career working at the forefront of business, lives near Penrith and is currently Commercial Director for local Lake District-inspired dessert company, Classic Desserts.

Starting out as a bank cashier aged 16, Lynne set herself an ambitious career target to be a bank manager.  This she achieved, at the age of 22, when she became one of the country’s youngest female bank managers.  She then went on to set up and run for almost two decades, her own multi award-winning business – Country Puddings Ltd.

In joining the Board, Lynne brings with her an in-depth knowledge of business and a broad range of skills, which include business acumen, performance analysis, marketing awareness and problem solving – gained from her experience as a bank manager, from running her own company, and from selling to the marketplace.

Lynne grew up on a dairy, beef and sheep farm near Cockermouth in Cumbria, and is part of a large farming family, who have used various H&H services over the years.   As a young girl she spent many an auction day at Carlisle Mart.  She married a farmer and now lives on a dairy and sheep where she set her original business up from her farmhouse kitchen.

She also finds being involved in the community hugely rewarding. She was formerly a governor of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith and treasurer for the local scout group.  She has volunteered for local charities, raising in excess of £20,000, as well as volunteering time at an orphanage in Cambodia.

John Leveson

John joined the H&H Group Board in May 2019.

John has over 40 years’ experience in the Building Society industry, joining Cumberland Building Society in 1997 as Operations Director before being appointed Deputy Chief Executive in 2002. He is currently a Non Executive Director at a regional Building Society in the Midlands.

On taking up his appointment as a Group Board Member, John said ”I was delighted when I was asked to join the board of H&H. H&H are a company I know well from my time working in Carlisle and I know it is an extremely well respected and successful business.  I look forward to working with my new colleagues and contributing to the future success of the business in my role as a Non Exec Director.”

John is a former Governor of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith and currently is a volunteer driver for the Fellrunner Community Bus service which visits many villages in the Penrith area providing services to Penrith and Carlisle.

Will Hamilton


Will joined the H&H Group Board in October 2018.

Together with his wife Carol and Father Will farms 2,000 acres based at Bee Edge Farm in Eyemouth, Scottish Borders.   He is the third generation of Hamilton’s to use the St Boswell’s Auction Mart, which he first attended as a young child. Will has been using the mart to sell cattle since the early 1980’s and he also sold finished and ewe lambs through both Wooler and Newtown St Boswells marts when he had a breeding sheep enterprise.

Demonstrating his commitment to the mart system, Will finishes 350 head of store cattle which he purchases at a number of Harrison and Hetherington’s auction marts, including at Carlisle and Wooler. He aims to sell most of these cattle at St Boswells, weekly throughout the year, to supply local butchers.

A highly respected farmer and businessman Will is also currently UK Chairman of the AHDB Wheat Recommended List Committee.


Richard Rankin

Richard Rankin joined the H&H Group as Chief Executive in July 2018, taking over from Brian Richardson who had held the CE position for 10 years.

Originally from the North East and born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Richard started his career with Touche Ross (which later became Deloitte) in Newcastle as a Trainee Accountant, transferring to Corporate Finance in 1997 where he worked on a number of deals advising businesses.  In 2002 Richard joined Armstrong Watson, initially as part of the Carlisle Corporate Finance team and was made partner in 2006 when he took over the Kendal office for AW.  In 2014 he returned to run the Carlisle Corporate office in addition to the wider Corporate Finance team for AW.

Richard is also a Director of Cumbria Tourism and a past Governor of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith.  He lives with his partner at Ainstable.


Dawn Harrison

Dawn has over 30 years of varied experience gained in teaching and lecturing, having been at the Lancashire Business School since 1991.   Dawn is currently the Co-ordinator for Teaching and Learning at the business school.

As the surname suggests, Dawn is the daughter of former Managing Director, Dick Harrison and has a very keen interest in how the H&H Group is run.  She is also on the Board of the Employee’s Trust.

Margaret Irving

Margaret hails from West Cumbria and after gaining an HND Business Studies qualification in Newcastle she returned to train as an accountant with the J B Lowthian & Co practice in Carlisle.

Following the births of her two children, Margaret worked on a freelance basis before joining H&H as a part-time assistant to the company secretary in 1995.

To enable her to fulfil the personnel role on behalf of H&H Margaret undertook a post-graduate diploma in Human Resource Management and is a fully qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.  She is also the Group’s Company Secretary.

Margaret lives on a smallholding in Houghton with her husband and their black labrador – Sid.

Michael Scott

Michael has nearly 50 years of varied experience gained in leading and developing a number of farming enterprises.

Now semi retired Michael took over as Chairman in July 2018.

Michael has been on the Board since 2001 and previously held the position of Non Executive Board Director for North West Tag.