I am delighted to have joined the Hovis team. It's a brilliant business and an iconic brand with a really important role in the UK food industry. Every day our Hovis team produces and delivers our extensive bakery range to customers across the UK. The team work and commitment that makes this happen is fantastic to see and a credit to everyone in the organisation.
Prior to joining Hovis I have led a number of other iconic brands and businesses in the UK Food Industry and bring extensive leadership, supply chain, brand building and customer expertise to Hovis from over 30 years in the consumer goods industry. Following my early career at Mars, I worked on another iconic British brand as UK & Ireland Managing Director for Twinings, before developing a strong understanding of the bakery industry as CEO for Allied Milling and Baking. Most recently I worked for dairy giant Muller as their UK CEO helping to drive a turnaround in their milk business, a market with a lot of similar challenges to bakery.
I joined Hovis in 2022 as Supply Chain Director. I began my career in Arla Foods and since then have held a number of senior leadership roles in Arla Foods, Greencore, Muller and Two Sisters. I enjoy the fast-paced environment and the challenge of Supply Chain where no two days are ever the same.
My role has overall responsibility for our entire Supply Chain network. The breadth of remit attracted me to the role, which includes Procurement, IT, Technical, Logistics, Manufacturing, Health and Safety, and Finance. Our teams work cross-functionally to ensure that we optimise our business performance. We have a phenomenal heritage and I am proud to be in a position to drive our growth and people agenda.
The thing I enjoy the most about my role at Hovis is the breadth of responsibility and the exposure to the wide range of functional disciplines and technical mastery. What gets me up in the morning is the chance to work with brilliant people, and improve the business performance by engaging our colleagues and maximising their potential. I am inspired by our fantastic people who are absolutely essential in delivering the performance of the iconic Hovis Brand.
I joined Hovis in the summer of 2021 following a successful career with several household brands including Cadbury, Premier Foods, and Carlsberg. I really enjoy working with a recognisable household brand and having that connection to the customer that you get from working in FMCG.
My remit as Commercial Director is broad and evolving. Primarily my team is the custodian of the relationship with our customers and consumers, covering everything including pricing, promotions, marketing and developing new products in line with insights and trends. It’s essential that we work cross-functionally with all other departments and we work hard to ensure we are all connected to deliver the best of the brand and our category.
The phenomenal brand heritage and reputation brought me to Hovis, but it’s the future and our potential that I’m most excited about. There are huge opportunities in our category and our strategy is very focused on exploring that.
Hovis has always been a family favourite! The Best of Both is a staple in our house, and I particularly enjoy Seed Sensations. I also love the muffins and the cheese-topped rolls from our 1886 range. A perk of my job is tasting exciting new products before they launch, and we have some very tasty things on the horizon!
I joined Hovis in the Summer of 2023 as HR Director. With a career in HR spanning over 25 years, I have experience both within the food industry working for Karro Food Group, 2 Sisters Food Group and Vion and within the agricultural merchanting, facilities management and home building/regeneration sectors.
Working with the Hovis team to support the achievement of our long-range plans, our people agenda covers engagement; inclusion and diversity; learning and development; recruitment and retention - all leading to the creation of a great place to work.
Working with an iconic brand with some great people with vast experience in the sector is thoroughly rewarding. Not to mention the steady supply of bread and bakery products - with the Hovis Farmhouse Cheddar Muffins a particular favourite (if you’ve not tried them, they are a game changer!)