YOUR readers should share the wonderful tribute to Jean Grieves, who was invested as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bakers on April 4. This is the culmination of an outstanding career in our industry.
It is fitting to acknowledge the immense contribution Jean has made towards the baking industry – for example when, as head of department at Tameside College, she brought a level of success and prominence to the college far beyond its provincial roots.
After retiring from Tameside, Jean became chairman of the Programme Committee of the British Society of Baking (BSB) for nearly 10 years, retiring after the successful 50th anniversary conference, held in conjunction with the Food & Bake show in Birmingham last month.
She received an eloquent tribute from Hugh Weeks at the 50th anniversary dinner, held to celebrate the event. Both this and the honour she received reflect her unique combination of exceptional qualities – a creativity and passion for our craft with a remarkable organisational ability.
Those of us who know her personally will have also been charmed by her warmth and unfailing courtesy. The baking industry – and the BSB in particular – has been immensely enriched by her talents.
David Roberts, chairman, Frank Roberts & Sons