Rory Bowman


The UK’s largest independent flour miller and coatings business Bowmans has appointed Rory Bowman to the role of chief executive.

Rory Bowman has headed Bowman Ingredients, the company’s coating divison, for the past 20 years. He replaces his brother Guy Bowman, who has retired after 45 years with the firm, 26 of them as chief executive.

Kevin Hodge

, John Carty


Two new managers have joined Cereform with the aim of expanding the confectionery ingredients business.

Kevin Hodge is appointed confectionery development manager, focusing on new product development for confectionery ingredients. John Carty is appointed technical support manager, Ireland. He will provide support for confectionery and bread manufacturers.

Steve Blazye


The Centre for Food Robotics and Automation (CenFRA) has appointed a new managing director to spearhead its drive to boost the uptake of robotics and automation within the food and drink manufacturing industry. Steve Blazye has experience in industrial engineering, specialist heat treatment and robotic integration systems. His main role will be to ensure CenFRA continues to strengthen its status as a leading centre of excellence for automation in food and drink.

Steven Dodd

Roberts Bakery

Family baking firm Roberts Bakery has expanded its new product development team with the appointment of Steven Dodd as product development technologist. The appointment will support the company’s plans for growth in its foodservice division.

Dodd has worked for several major firms in the food industry, including Premier Foods and Patak’s. He will be heavily involved in NPD for the division.