Paul Kitchener

Premier Foods

Food manufacturer Premier Foods has appointed Paul Kitchener to the group executive in the newly created role of group technical and innovation director. Kitchener, who will report to chief executive Robert Schofield, joins Premier Foods after six years at Burtons Biscuits where he was chief executive.

In his new role, he will be responsible for maximising and extending Premier Foods’ technical capability across its manufacturing business.

Adrian Peck

Pidy UK

Pastry specialist Pidy has created a new managerial position, general manager designate, to support its growing business in the UK and has appointed Adrian Peck to the role. His tasks will include assisting the current sales team with plans to secure new UK business, particularly in the bakery, retail, café and frozen pastry sectors. Peck comes to Pidy from flatbread manufacturer Mission Foods.

Rob Francis

Baker Perkins

Bakery machinery business Baker Perkins has appointed Rob Francis as chief engineer. Francis is responsible for an ongoing product development programme for the company’s range of mixing and forming equipment for high-output plant bakeries, as well as supporting the sales team.

Francis has worked with Baker Perkins throughout his career in various roles, latterly managing the design department.

New directors


Regional food group for Yorkshire and Humber deliciouslyorkshire has appointed two new directors to the board. Judy Bell of Shepherds Purse Cheeses and John Plant of GW Price were elected to the board by deliciouslyorkshire members and will now work to take the food group through its next phase of development. The food and drink sector in Yorkshire and the Humber employs over 54,000 people and generates £8.4bn for the economy.