Colin Lomax has been appointed president elect of the Craft Bakers Association (CBA), and will be installed as president next June.

Lomax has worked in the baking industry since leaving school at the age of 15 and learning the trade at Greenhalgh’s and then Hampsons bakery in the Bolton area.

He is a past chairman of the British Society of Baking (BSB) and president of the Alliance of Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST). Lomax also judges at many industry events including British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards and the Britain’s Best Loaf competition.

Lomax has held various management positions at Rank Hovis and, in his role as a Hovis demonstrator, visited bakeries of all types and size across the UK and elsewhere. He has also maintained Hovis competitions and launched a Hovis scholarship.

Lomax described the CBA as a “driving force in the Industry”, adding he was honoured to be asked to be president elect. He will take up the role of president at the CBA conference next year.

He told British Baker: “I’m really honoured to be asked to take up the position of CBA president in 2018.  I am passionate about the trade and really look forward to supporting the CBA. The organisation has been a driving force in the craft sector for many years.

“I am proud to be a baker having worked for Greenhalgh’s then Hampsons in Bolton, and then joined Rank Hovis the miller in 1976. Despite holding many job titles at Rank, I always wanted to be known as ‘a baker’.”