Malcolm Proctor, Ciaran O’Kane

Irwin’s Bakery

Northern Irish bakery firm Irwin’s, based in Portadown, has made two new appointments.

Malcolm Proctor joins the company from Ulster Carpets as health and safety officer. He holds responsibility for health and safety compliance across the company, including both internal and external clients.

Ciaran O’Kane is the firm’s new packaging technologist. He joins from the Kerry Group, where he was a graduate trainee, and will continue with his studies for a packaging diploma, while working at Irwin’s.

He is responsible for providing packaging expertise throughout the firm.

Barbara Gallani

Food and Drink Federation

Barbara Gallani has been appointed to head up the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) new Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery (BCCC) sector group.

As manager of the group, Gallani will be responsible for directing and developing with members policies that reflect the issues faced by this sector.

She will also provide a link between the group and broader FDF activities to ensure members of the group are fully integrated into the wider federation.

Gallani previously worked as food policy executive at the British Retail Consortium and has over seven years’ experience of working for the food industry.

Steven Purves

Lees of Scotland

Confectionery manufacturer Lees of Scotland has appointed Steven Purves as its new supply chain director.

He is based in the company’s Coatbridge headquarters and will be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of all aspects of the company’s supply chain, including warehousing, transport and purchasing.

Purves will also be involved in new product development projects and long-term supply chain strategies.

Purves most recently worked as purchasing manager for the Edinburgh branch of Total Produce, a subsidiary of the global Fyffes brand.

Amanda Wardle


Food machinery engineer Acrivarn has appointed Amanda Wardle as marketing manager, with responsibility for helping the company strengthen its brand and develop a long-term targeted marketing campaign.

Acrivarn makes equipment for the baking industry. Clients include Greggs, Higgidy Pies and Yorkshire-based baker HE Hinnit.

Adrian Apodaca

Honeyrose Bakery

London-based organic wholesale firm Honeyrose Bakery has appointed Adrian Apodaca as marketing director, to oversee its growing UK customer base and international expansion.

Duties include developing the Honeyrose brand and the company’s own-label business with some of the UK’s coffee shop chains and multiples.