Former British Society of Baking chairman Ian Melling has passed away peacefully at home.

Ian trained as a baker and worked for a number of bakery companies, and also taught part-time at the National Bakery School.

He later moved on to the bakery equipment side of the industry, finishing his career as managing director of Record Bakery Equipment.

Ian joined the British Society of Baking (BSB) in 1975 and was a member until his retirement. He was chairman of the society in 1991-1992 and served on various committees during the 1980s and 1990s.

The BSB described Ian as a very enthusiastic member who had contributed to the society’s success, adding that he stayed in touch as a retired member.

“He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him in the BSB and in the baking industry in general,” said the BSB, which has sent its condolences to Ian’s widow Affie.

Only last year Ian donated his collection of bakery books to the National Bakery School (NBS). He and Affie delivered them personally to the school and were given a tour of the NBS facilities by course director Elaine Thomson.

A service will be held on Monday 9 March 2020 at 1:45pm at Gold Hill Baptist Church, Gold Hill East, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks, SL9 9DG.