Meet Our Board

Meet Our Board

The Food and Drink Forum Board Members 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 Board Members 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.

 

Chairman: Peter Knight – Camgrain

A Food Science graduate from the University of Nottingham, Peter began his career at RHM (now part of Premier Foods), before moving to Bowmans, a family milling concern. This was followed by a spell at Smith’s Flour Mills Ltd, a division of Northern Foods, based at Worksop, where he was Managing Director for 14 years. During this time he helped establish The Food and Drink Forum and was a founding Board Director.

In 2000, Peter was President of the National Association of British and Irish Millers. He is currently Non-Executive Director of Camgrain, which has been at the forefront of the movement to establish supply chain partnerships with grain processors, manufacturers and retail groups.

Specialist Areas of Expertise

Peter has worked extensively in the food and drink sector in the East Midlands, and has a particular interest in innovation in the baking and cereals sector.

 

Peter Robertson – The Flavour Base Sauce Company Ltd

Peter Robertson jointly runs The Flavour Base Sauce Company Ltd with business partner Chris Ford. A chemistry graduate from The University of Leeds, Peter joined United Biscuits after graduating, working in the emerging Crisp and Snack Division.

Since then he has held a number of positions at other food groups, including Dalgety and Lion Mark Holdings, as well as the international ingredients company Griffith Laboratories. He and Chris launched their own business during the mid nineties.

Peter is a firm believer in the benefit for small companies of working together and a strong supporter of ‘collaborate to innovate’.

Specialist Areas of Expertise

Identification of market sectors suitable for exploitation by small businesses. Innovation and product development for the small business.

 

Rod Goss – Melton Foods

Rod Goss, previously Finance Director at Melton Foods (part of the Samworth Group), Rod Goss has worked for a number of household name companies during his career. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in maths and economics, he qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloittes, before starting work with Procter & Gamble. After ten years with Procter and Gamble and then Mars, Rod moved to Geest plc in 1991.

He joined Geest plc as Group Financial Controller, before becoming acting Group Finance Director. He then moved to chilled and frozen food firm Cavaghan & Gray plc, who were subsequently taken over by Northern Foods. After leaving Northern Foods, Rod spent two years as a consultant before joining United Milk plc as Finance Director in 2001. After the sale of United Milk in 2004 he joined Samworth Brothers, where he became Finance Director of Saladworks, which produces ready meals, and then Finance Director of Melton Foods.

Specialist Areas of Expertise

Rod has wide financial experience, including corporate finance, treasury, financial planning and financial control.

 

Kevin Woods – Naturally Best Marketing 

Kevin Woods was Business Development Manager at Lincolnshire-based firm QV Foods. He worked at the company, which produces and processes fresh produce, mainly potatoes, for a great number of years in a variety of roles, including accounts, system administration, factory management, general management and project management. Kevin previously worked as an auditor in local government. His previous role at QV Foods, which is based at Holbeach Hurn, near Spalding, was retail focused. Kevin now heads up Naturally Best Marketing, providing a wealth of insight, experience, skills and services to clients within and associated to the food industry.

Specialist Areas of Expertise

Kevin has links with all the major retailers in the UK, and has particular expertise in new concept development for the retail market.

 

Fiona Carter – F M J Carter SA

Fiona Carter, Solicitor Advocate and previously Partner at Browne Jacobson LLP, one of the largest law firms in the Midlands with offices in Nottingham, Birmingham and London. With over 500 staff this is a full service law firm. Fiona, who is uniquely qualified as a Solicitor Advocate, has over 20 years experience in Food Law and Regulatory Law. As an Advocate, she has represented clients in a wide variety of courts and tribunals and has lead teams of lawyers who represent companies facing regulatory enquiries or prosecutions.

Specialist Areas of Expertise

Fiona is an acknowledged expert in Food Law, and Packaging and Labelling Law. Another important specialism is her advertising and marketing practice. Both specialisms demand a thorough understanding of European legislation, which is increasingly paramount.
Fiona also advises on a wide range of legislation implemented by regulators ranging from Trading Standards, HSE, FSA, VOSA, The Environment Agency, BIS, OFT and the ASA.

 

Trevor Robinson – Frontier Agriculture Ltd

 

Danesh Butt – Butt Foods Ltd

Danesh Butt is Managing Director of Butt Foods, a 3rd generation family owned Flat Bread Manufacturer.  He has previously held senior positions for Rolls Royce, JCB and Jaguar Land Rover.

Specialist area of expertise

Danesh is passionate about using technology to deliver food innovation. He has been involved in several bespoke Engineering projects to supply unique products to blue chip customers.

 

Julie Byrne- The School of Artisan Food

With over 35 years’ experience in Further Education, Julie worked in a number of colleges at a management and leadership level. In her previous role as Principal of Sheffield City College & Sheffield College of Applied Engineering she led the construction of the iconic £60m Sheffield City College which transformed the college’s vocational provision.  The vision for a ‘New Era for Sheffield’ was realised and she played a key role in developing partnerships notably with The Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Peter Jones Enterprise Academy and New Engineering Foundation. 

 

The state-of-the-art facilities are now established as the ‘vocational heart of the City’ and are ideally placed to continue to develop and deliver world class skills training and development for the city and the region.

Specialist area of expertise

Julie is passionate about education and training and the positive impact they have on the life chances of individuals. She is currently Managing Director at The School of Artisan Food, a value driven, unique, not for profit organisation and registered charity dedicated to teaching skills in artisan food production. Located on the beautiful Welbeck Estate, The School offers the opportunity for people of all skills levels to expand their knowledge and improve their skills and employability through a wide range of inspirational courses including: bread making, business and entrepreneurship, brewing, butchery and charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, ice cream making, preserves, patisserie and viennoiserie.