Sammy Kirui is the General Manager – Corporate Affairs at James Finlay (K) Limited. In his role, he provides community support, heads the Finlays Community Trust secretariat, acts as a liaison with government agencies and oversees the Security, Administration, Outgrowers, Communications and Legal departments at James Finlay (K) Limited. He has over 25 years of experience in tea business in which he has served in various capacities since 1994.

In 2019, he was awarded the Head of State Commendation (HSC) in recognition for his role in promoting education and conservation of the environment through Finlays corporate social responsibility programs.

Sammy played a key role in the formation of the Fintea Cooperative Union which has over 10,000 small scale farmers. Through this co-operative union, farmers were trained and acquired the Certification by Rainforest Alliance (RA) and Fairtrade. He was also able to link farmers to international partners such as Netherland’s Rabbo bank which offers soft loans to farmers` cooperatives, Co-operative Union UK, Techno Serve and the EU.

His current projects include working with Sainsburys to help farmers receive premiums for farm development and working with partners, steering the construction of water springs protection projects such as Kipchobos in Konoin and Seretut in Belgut constituency

In addition to his role at Finlays, Sammy is the Chairperson of the Konoin Technical Training Institute board. He has also sat in various boards including Kericho Teachers Training College, Kenya Institute of Management – Kericho branch and the Kenya Institute of supplies management. He is also a retired chairman of the Kericho Golf Club.

Sammy holds an MBA degree in Strategic Management from Kenyatta, a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from Egerton University as well as post-graduate diplomas in Human Resource Management and Supplies Management. He is a certified productivity champion in Kenya.