llan Burns

Scotland Food & Drink

Former Diageo Scotland executive director Allan Burns has been named as chairman of Scotland Food & Drink, the organisation that aims to harness the collective resources of the Scottish food and drink sector to create an industry worth £10bn by 2017.

Burns will be responsible for ensuring that Scotland’s food and drink industry strategy continues to deliver, to help the country become renowned internationally for its food and drink. Initial priorities will include building a strong and distinctive identity for the sector in Scotland and co-ordinating collaboration that will result in the creation of profitable, world-class supply chains.

Preeta Lakshminarayanan, Mervyn Jones

Asda Northern Ireland

The buying team at Asda Northern Ireland has taken on two new members of personnel. Preeta Lakshminarayanan joins the Northern Ireland division from Asda head office, where she has worked for one year. In her new post, she will work with local suppliers of grocery and general merchandise and source new products.

Mervyn Jones comes to the firm from Henderson Group, where he spent 14 years as fresh and frozen buyer for Northern Ireland. He will work with existing and potential local produce suppliers and source new products.

Both support Asda’s Northern Ireland buying team, which works with leading bakery companies in the province, including Allied, Irwins, Genesis and Gallaghers.

Vanessa Fowler

Muntons Malted Ingredients

Malted ingredients firm Muntons has appointed Vanessa Fowler to its marketing team. She joined the firm on 4 June this year, following a marketing role with a distribution organisation, since attaining her degree at Leicester University.

Theo de Pencier

Freight Transport Association

Theo de Pencier has succeeded Richard Turner as chief executive of the 13,500-member Freight Transport Association, which represents the supply chain interests of UK industry. He joins the organisation from Bibby Distribution, where he was chief executive.

Karen Carlyle

Ulrick & Short

Clean label ingredients developer Ulrick & Short has appointed Karen Carlyle to the company’s board as a non-executive director. She joins the firm from Regional Food Group, where she was director for Yorkshire & Humber, but originally trained with Marks & Spencer, where she worked for 15 years before moving on to senior roles at Asda and Greencore.

John Moxon

Clegg Food Projects

Former Greggs employee John Moxon has joined Nottingham-based Clegg Food Projects as business development director (designate). The firm specialises in construction and engineering services to the food industry. Moxon worked at Gregg for nine years.