Fresh prepared food manufacturer Bakkavor has announced the appointment of Yvette Sowerby as the company’s new technical director.

Sowerby, who joins the company from her role at Sainsbury’s as the head of technical for chilled food, will be part of the UK operational team, but will provide technical support to Bakkavor’s US and Asia operations.

Prior to this, she worked in a number of senior technical roles, including two separate appointments at Marks & Spencer for a total of 20 years.

“I look forward to joining the business as it continues to target growth both in the UK and internationally,” Sowerby said.

Mike Edwards, chief operating office for Bakkavor UK, said he was delighted to welcome Sowerby to the team.

“I am confident that her expertise will prove of significant value as we continue to drive the technical standards across our business.”

Bakkavor announced in November 2016 that it was aiming to recruit more than 300 employees across its UK sites following an increase in demand from its customers.