Richard Acey

Country Choice

Country Choice, which supplies bakery products to convenience stores, has appointed former Coca Cola executive Richard Acey as sales director.

Gordana Owen

Fuerst Day Lawson

Fuerst Day Lawson has appointed Gordana Owen as quality manager, reporting to Steve Auckland, technical manager of the Seeds and Natural Products Division. Owen’s responsibilities will include improving the quality of customers’ finished products. She previously worked for a company supplying the sandwich sector.

Mark Hughes


RHM’s new group procurement and logistics director is Mark Hughes, previously divisional director for RHM’s Bread Bakeries division. Hughes, originally worked with RHM in 1982, but has since amassed over 20 years’ experience in the commodity trading, milling and baking industries, including a series of senior management positions with Associated British Foods. He rejoined RHM in 2003.

Alan Ridealgh


Alan Ridealgh has been promoted to the position of managing director at Muntons from deputy managing director. He has been with the firm for 26 years. He will take up the post in January next year, succeeding Gerald Prior who will be retiring.

Tim Clarkson

Dawn Foods

Tim Clarkson has joined bakery supplier Dawn Foods as technical sales manager for the Midlands. Clarkson has spent 22 years in the baking industry, 18 of which were as a bakery specialist for Safeway. He will support the company’s new product development team.

Barry Kelly

James Neill

James Neill Flour Mill has appointed Barry Kelly as operations manager. Kelly, an MA Honours graduate of Queens University in mechanical and manufacturing engineering, joins the company from Canyon Europe where he was manufacturing and product development manager.

Mark Smith

Seven Refrigeration

Portable refrigeration company Seven Refrigeration has appointed Mark Smith as business development manager. Smith joins Seven from Montacron Trailers and will be responsible for promotion the range of products offered by Seven to it UK customer base.

Tom O’Mahony

IAWS Group

The board of IAWS Group has announced the co-option of Tom O’Mahony as an executive director with responsibility for the original Agri and non-Lifestyle Foods businesses of the group. O’Mahony is currently chief operations officer of the group and has held operational and financial management responsibilities since joining IAWS in 1985. IAWS is to establish a new operating subsidiary called Origin Enterpises, to focus on Agri and non-Lifestyle Foods.

Sue Fairest (L)

Amanda Clark (R)


Food and drink sector skills council Improve has appointed Sue Fairest as skills development manager and Amanda Clark as skills development advisor. In a newly created role, Fairest will have responsibility for Improve’s information, advice and guidance (IAG) programme, promoting the benefits of learning and providing potential employees with information about jobs and qualifications. Clark will work to revise food and drink qualifications, making them more relevant and ensuring they respond to employer needs. n