Imaginative Teaching Resources & Inspirational Career Ideas from the Chilled Food Industry

Your interest in science could take you into the chilled food industry as a food scientist or technologist. You’ll use your knowledge to develop new foods, design methods of keeping them looking and tasting their best whilst not using additives, and assuring they are safe to eat. Your hard work and enthusiasm, coupled with a flexible approach, will open up opportunities, just like it has for these colleagues currently in the industry.

  • Head of Technical – Victoria Hunt

    Victoria’s varied career got off to a sweet start with Hotel Chocolat and has seen her use her Food Science degree in roles from QA to Technical Controller. Her advice comes from her experience: “Give it a go!” she urges, “There is so much choice in this industry, with transferable skills across every function.”

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  • Group Head of Technical Accounts – Mehdi Adjiri

    With a career split almost equally between food manufacturing and retail Mehdi has worked from the bottom up occupying various positions in technical departments. At Compleat Food Group he’s now in a place where he wants to achieve a senior leadership position and also share his experience and knowledge to mentor and inspire students and […]

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  • Head of Technical – Peter Winstanley

    A chance meeting with a food scientist triggered Peter’s interest in the field. It set him on a career that has seen him spend time in New Zealand and, in his present role,  in many other parts of the world from where Bakkavor’s materials and products are sourced. And, after two decades he is still […]

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  • Technical Manager – Andrew Haines

    Andrew’s early aspirations to be a Star Wars hero remain unfulfilled but he is more than happy with his current role at Bakkavor. His entry into the food industry came via practical experience in the fast food sector and he’s now enjoying learning new skills and meeting new challenges as a Technical Manager.

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  • Technical Manager – Caroline Floyd

    Caroline Floyd has a passion for fresh produce and has worked in this area in a wide variety of roles including as a Quality Manager requiring auditing skills. She always wanted a job that made a difference and involved some outdoor work. Now, with new challenges bringing the chance to learn and progress with Bakkavor, […]

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  • Technical Manager – Rebecca McSweeney

    Rebecca always loved food science at school and over the years has been able to turn that love into a career. She is motivated by a desire to learn which has been fulfilled through the variety of roles she’s enjoyed with Bakkavor. These include in Quality Assurance and as a Process Technologist.

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  • Subject Matter Expert, Protein – Chris Roddis

    Chris’ career has taken him around the world – from Brazil to Thailand and across the Europe.  He started in brewing after gaining a BSc in malting and brewing, moving into food, initially, as Quality Assurance Manager and joining 2 Sisters Food Group in 2019 The Career Path for Chris, includes working in QA, Production […]

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  • Group Technical Services Director – Margaret McPheat

    After 35 years in food production Margaret has now retired. However we hope her career history offers useful information and the inspiration to follow her path. March 2024

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  • Group Systems Manager – Sue Evans

    Sue took a BA in Consumer Studies and was inspired by the course’s food topics which included Food Science and New Product Development. On graduating she joined Hain Daniels as a Quality Assurance Technician. Her role has changed with the evolution of the business, she became Technical Manager for the New Covent Garden Soup Company […]

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  • Technical Support Manager – Vicky Rust

    After a successful career in the food sector Vicky has now moved on to other fields. However her career path is full of information and offers inspiration to anyone considering a career in food production. March 2024

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  • Technical Director – Greg Hunn

    After a successful career spanning many decades Greg has now moved on from Greencore to focus on other projects. We hope you find his career path interesting and inspirational.   March 2024    

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  • Senior Group Technical Support Manager – Nicola Clarkson

    After a successful career in the food sector Nicola has now moved into a different field. However her career path is still full of useful information and inspiration for anyone keen to hear more about life in chilled food production. March 2024  

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  • Technical and Sustainability Director – Oduro Ampaw

    Oduro’s career has taken him around the world. He’s passionate about food safety, loves his work with 2 Sisters Food Group and is keen to share that passion to inspire others.

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  • Technical Controller – Helen Smith

    Helen has more than 25 years in the industry. She’s committed to using that experience in the area of food standards and supporting her team in their development.

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  • Quality Assurance Manager – Ed Campion

    Ed swapped the science classroom for industry and has never looked back.

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  • Technical Process Technologist – Kealey Field

    Kealey’s applying her passion for food, and its production, to her work. Constantly learning and developing she’s maximising every opportunity offered to her in a fast-moving environment.

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  • Technical Services Manager – Toby Hattersley

    Toby’s early career aspirations quickly changed with his first job in the food sector. He’s never looked back, enthusistically embracing opportunties throughout his career, with the promise of more to come.

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  • Company Microbiologist – Gary McMahon

    A combination of ‘right place at the right time, with the right experience’ has brought Gary McMahon to his role with poultry specialists Moy Park. He’s happy to be part of team that make things happen.

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  • Group Technical Support – Ella Connolly

    Ella is Group Technical Support at chilled food manufacturer Samworth Brothers. A love of travel and meeting people, and a curiosity to understand food production brought Ella to Samworth. A little while ago she talked to us about her Group Auditor Role, her route into chilled, and why it’s so good.      

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  • Laboratory Manager – Heather Cooper

    After more than 30 years in chilled food production, latterly working as Laboratory Manager at Greencore’s Kiveton site, Heather’s now retired from the sector. We hope that you find her career path interesting and inspirational. March 2024    

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  • Head of Innovation – Dan Garland

    Dan is Head of Innovation at Hain Daniels. His career path has equipped him with the skills required to meet his new horizon scanning brief.  

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  • Laboratory Manager & Company Microbiologist – Nicola Wilson

    Nicola is General Manager Westward Laboratories, Samworth Brothers and Company Microbiologist for the Samworth Brothers Group. The company produces chilled and ambient products and employs more than 8,000 people in sites in Leicester, Cornwall and the North West.   Click on info sheet for more details and download a pdf

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  • Group Technical Director – Helen Sisson

    Helen works for Greencore a multinational company that supplies chilled food to supermarkets including Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. With a company turnover in excess of a £1bn her role comes with massive responsibility, but her career path began much earlier, in a small, family run dairy business. Helen’s Career Path includes her working […]

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