Ingredients supplier Macphie has named Mark Duncan, currently head of operations at the company’s Glenbervie site, as its new technical director.

Duncan joined the business in 1995 as Glenbervie quality assurance manager. He moved on to be head of quality and regulatory affairs at the Glenbervie and Tannochside sites, before becoming operations head at Glenbervie.

In his new role as technical director, he will take the lead on research & development, quality and safety, health and environmental matters.

A graduate of Nottingham Trent University, Duncan worked for Daylay Foods, Kellogg Company in Australia and Scotch Premier Meats before joining the ingredients supplier.

Macphie managing director Andy Underwood said the company had been reviewing the opportunities and challenges the business has faced recently and would face in the future as it looked to continue its growth.

“As a result of this review, we have decided to strengthen the board with the appointment of a technical director. Mark has a wealth of technical and operational knowledge across the business, as well as a broader appreciation of our entire supply chain, which will be invaluable as we move forward.”

Macphie – which was named Bakery Manufacturer of the Year at the 2017 Baking Industry Awards in September – recently announced a 13.2% increase in turnover to £53.9m. Sales increased across most UK channels, with out-of-home the key growth area, the company stated, adding that the Middle East offered further growth opportunities.