The Food and Drink Forum Team have built up a wealth of experience in the sector over many years.

Their backgrounds are various and wide-ranging, but all have a passion for the industry that’s been gained through involvement in food manufacturing and supply-chains.

Our team are keen to drive the food and drink sector forward – championing new and growing businesses within the industry – and their expertise is just one of the benefits offered to Forum Members.

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Andrew Collinson

Operations Director

Andrew is a focused and repeatedly promoted Senior Manager who has successfully progressed throughout his career, gaining experience at all levels and demonstrating the capabilities to drive organisations, partnerships and companies forward in the food and drink sector.

Richard Wigley

Senior Technical Manager

Having worked within the food and drink manufacturing industry for over 30 years, Richard has an infectious enthusiasm and passion for food and drink and feels privileged to hold a Senior Management role within the industry.

Trudi Waldram

Training & Development Business Manager

Trudi is an energetic and optimistic member of the team and loves working with food and drink producers to develop and engage their plans for growth and success.

Bryony Whiley

Facilities & Marketing Manager

With a diverse skills set developed through supporting food and drink businesses over a 10 year period, Bryony is a food and drink enthusiast with a passion for helping businesses to grow and thrive.

Rachel Goff

The Food WorksSW Senior Technical & Site Manager

Rachel is a qualified microbiologist with 20 years Technical Manager experience within large scale food manufacture and working with SME food and drink businesses.

Simon Gregory

Commercial Manager South West

Simon is a Chartered Engineer with 30 years experience in Local Government working in project management, funding, sustainability, inward investment and business engagement.

Zoe Plant

NPD & Innovation Manager

Zoe is an innovative, experienced Development Chef, providing businesses with high quality development support and access to knowledge they may not otherwise have access to in-house.

Jignesh Parekh

Technical Manager

Jignesh is an experienced Food Technical professional with 20 years experience in food manufacturing and the food service industry.