Board of Directors


Mr. Crawford joined the Swire Group in 1978 and has held a number of senior positions in the Group including as Executive Director of the Trading and Industrial Division of Swire Pacific in Hong Kong. He has worked in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Japan, the U.S., the UK, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He holds a BA (Honours) Degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford. Mr.Crawford was appointed as Managing Director of Finlays Colombo Limited with effect from the 1st of September 2015.


Mr. Caspersz joined the Company in 1997 and was appointed an Executive Director in February 2011. He is currently the Board Member in charge of the Environmental Services, Airline Agencies and Insurance Divisions of the Company and is a Director on the Boards of the respective subsidiaries. Mr. Caspersz also heads the Corporate Communication initiatives of the Company. He is a past President of the Sri Lanka Insurance Brokers Association and has served on the Council of the Sri Lanka Insurance Institute for a number of years.


An Executive Director since November 2011, Ms. Pietersz is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. She holds a B.Sc (Honours) degree in Physics from the University of Sussex and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. She also serves on Boards of Bogala Graphite Lanka PLC and Seylan Bank PLC as an Independent Non-Executive Director.


Mr. Jayasinghe joined the Group in February 2006, as the Chief Executive Officer of Finlay Cold Storage (Pvt) Limited and was appointed a Director of the subsidiary in February 2008. Mr. Jayasinghe was appointed an Executive Director of Finlays Colombo Limited in November 2014.

He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA), is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute – UK and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport - UK. He also serves on the Executive Committee and Council of the Sri Lanka Branch of the Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport respectively, and is a member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce sector steering committee for Ports, Shipping, Aviation and Logistics.


Having joined the Group in 1991, Mr. Ratwatte was appointed an Executive Director in 1997 and since April 2007 he has been a Non-Executive Director of Finlays Colombo Limited.

He is the Chairman and Managing Director of Hapugastenne Plantations PLC, Udapussellawa Plantations PLC, Newburgh Green Tea (Private) Limited, Finlays Tea Estates (Pvt) Limited and many other private companies registered in Sri Lanka.

He is a Fellow of the National Institute of Plantation Management (FIPM).


Dushanth was educated at Trinity College in Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka, and joined the plantations as Trainee Assistant Superintendent at Mahawala Estate in 1986. Since then he has been involved in all aspects of tea and rubber planting, manufacturing and plantation management. He has overseas experience working in Indonesia and was involved in clearing and new planting of tea for over two years.

Dushanth worked for Boawantalawa Plantations PLC for over 20 years playing diverse managerial roles, and served as General Manager Marketing prior to joining Finlays in 2014 as General Manager Sales & Marketing.

Dushanth was appointed as Director/Chief Operating Officer in 2015 and thereafter appointed Director/Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka Tea Estates in 2016.

Guy R. Chambers

Guy Chambers became Managing Director of James Finlay Limited in September 2015. Since joining John Swire & Sons in 1993, Guy has worked in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan for Swire, most recently as COO of Damin (the world’s largest tea extract manufacturer) and COO of Swire Beverages (the largest Coca-Cola franchise bottler in China).

In April 2014, Mr. Chambers was appointed to the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation to advise the Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce, Economic and Development on matters relating to the participation of Hong Kong in the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. Mr. Chambers has also served as an advisor to Chatham House, the UK think-tank, on matters relating to Greater China


Mr. Rutherford was appointed a Non-Executive Director on 1st February 2013 on becoming Finance Director of James Finlay Limited, London. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Economics from the University of Southampton. Previously he spent 15 years with Associated British Foods, a UK listed company, where he held a variety of senior Finance and other related posts.