Meet the Board

Meet the 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.

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.


Peter Knight 2013 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.

James Pogson2 James Pogson – Northern Tea Merchants

James has been Director at Northern Tea Merchants, based in Chesterfield since 1988, as well as sitting on the board of the UK Tea and Infusions Association (UKTIA) since 2010 – having recently been elected as Vice President. James works across various aspects of the trade including; production line design and implementation, sales and promotion, tea and coffee blending, contract packing, packaging design and development and liaison with tea and coffee plantations and co-operative groups.

Specialist Areas of Expertise

James has a passion for the tea and coffee industries and specialises in tea and coffee blending, coffee  roasting, purchasing, negotiation, promotion and business development, all whilst understanding good farming practices.

PRYCE Adrian Adrian Pryce – Northampton Business School

Adrian is a senior lecturer at Northampton Business School in the Business and International Management division following a career spanning banking, travel & tourism and the food industry. He is currently chair of the Strategy Advisory Panel for the Food & Drink iNet project, and serves on the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership’s Food Group.

Adrian holds a B.Sc. (Econ) from the University of Wales, and an MBA from Barcelona, Spain. Fluent in Spanish, he has more than 20 years international experience through senior roles and consulting assignments with multinationals, including a one year assignment with the World Bank. This complements his experience with small and medium enterprises, both as a consultant and as an entrepreneur – outside of academic life he continues to have an active involvement in the food industry, as his private company acts as UK agent for large Spanish food producers.

He is a Rotarian, a board member of a local theatre and is also chairman of a homelessness charity and its social enterprise trading arm.

Specialist Areas of Expertise

Adrian’s research and consultancy interests are in the area of strategic planning and corporate governance.

Trevor Robinson – Frontier Agriculture Ltd


 Peter Robertson2 Peter Robertson – The Flavour Base Sauce Company Ltd

Peter Robertson jointly runs The Flavourbase 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 Rod Goss – Melton Foods

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.

Tim Sutton 1 Tim Sutton – Growth Accelerator

Tim is a highly focused Director, Board Member and Advisor experienced in plc, family owned and private companies with extensive contacts in the wider retail and Fresh Food industry. High profile sales, marketing, N.B.D. and leadership roles have delivered growth and innovation through partnership with key targeted customers delivering sector leading returns. Tim was a key member of the small leadership group (with Gareth Voyle, widely seen as the Best CEO/leader in the industry!) that shaped the strategy and delivered the GEEST profitable growth from c£20m to > £1,000m. Tim is widely recognised and respected for contributions made to the Fresh Food sector and for outstanding commitment, drive and personal integrity.

In 2010 Tim launched Fresh Growth Solutions, working as a consultant/advisor offering his 30 years of experience to a number of businesses in the food and wider market. These clients and projects vary from a 2nd generation family food business in turnaround stage, new food start-up brands/businesses, various discussions with V.C.s and the P.E. sector, helping leaders, M.D.s and businesses with strategic growth plans, supporting SMEs and entrepreneurs, training commercial teams and senior managers and the core business of Coaching/Mentoring of M.D.s /Senior managers from a range of businesses.

Specialist Areas of Expertise

Tim’s areas of expertise include: providing clear leadership to business, functional teams and the supply chain; delivering growth and change strategies in the fresh food, produce and fish sectors; building industry winning teams and delivering both product and market innovation.  His experience spans plc, new start up and family owned business cultures.

Kevin Woods Kevin Woods – QV Foods Ltd 

Kevin Woods is Business Development Manager at Lincolnshire-based firm QV Foods. He has worked at the company, which produces and processes fresh produce, mainly potatoes, since January 1994 in a variety of roles, including accounts, system administration, factory manager, general manager and project manager. Kevin previously worked as an auditor in local government. His current role at QV Foods, which is based at Holbeach Hurn, near Spalding, is retail focused.

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 Fiona Carter – Browne Jacobson LLP

Fiona Carter is Corporate Regulation 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 leads a team 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, and heads the Food and Drink Team. 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.

Pankaj Pancholi Pankaj Pancholi – Just Egg (Chilled Foods) Ltd

Pankaj has a B.Sc. Microbiology and started his career at Walkers crisps as a Technical Assistant where he was involved in development the ‘French Fries’ crisps. He progressed his career at Symington Soup Company, moving from Quality Assurance Manager through to the Director of Business Development, taking it from a £2m to £24m turnover. He started Delifresh Foods in Scunthorpe that provided sandwich filling, pates and Christmas chutneys exclusively to Sainsbury’s. He sold the business so that he could open Just Egg (Chilled Foods) in 2003. He has built the most modern and innovative egg production facility in the UK to secure contracts with the major retailers.