New quality manager at cereal company Silveryna
Manufacturer Silvery Tweed Cereals has appointed Susan Smith as the new quality manager for its engineering department, responsible for all aspects of product quality.
Smith has spent his entire career in the food and beverage industry after gaining audit experience at Jus-Rol before moving to Greenvale AP and Genius Gluten Free.
About the appointment, she said:This role is a lot of fun for me and offers a lot of challenges. It also gives you the opportunity to work as part of an established and knowledgeable team. We are excited about the future here at Silvery Tweed. ”na
Based in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Silvery was one of the first UK companies to specialize in coating breakfast cereals and boasts a ‘first of its kind’ blending plant in the UK.
Martin Drewery, Technical Manager at Silvery Tweed, added:The role of quality manager is very important and requires a lot of deep knowledge and skills. Susan has worked in the industry for many years and brings considerable experience from his previous roles and will be a true asset to the technical team and his Silvery Tweed as a whole.na
Q Catering Appoints Commercial Directorna
Sittingbourne-based Q Catering has appointed Tony Blake as its new commercial director.
He joins the business from Kent Frozen Foods and is the third in a series of hires by the company as part of its growth plan to reach turnover of £20m by 2030.
Blake joins Steve Clark, Managing Director of Q Catering, and the group’s senior leadership team, along with the recently appointed Sales Director Caroline Martin and Finance Director Nick Jennings.
In his new role as Commercial Director, Blake will lead procurement, marketing and supply chain teams to help introduce more structure to the business and improve efficiency and supplier relationships.
“My focus is on introducing new and innovative products to clients, especially within the independent sector, and continuously improving our products.”Blake said.The company is already rooted in Kent’s local produce, especially through its Kent-produced membership, and we look forward to working more closely with the team there. ”na
Fabcon announces new hires and promotionsna
British food processing equipment supplier Fabcon Food Systems has announced a series of appointments and promotions.
Co-Founder Andrew Peek has been promoted to Director of Operations and Senior Design Engineer Luke Cossey has been promoted to the new Engineering Manager role.
James Bradford will move from his role as Supervisor and Compliance Officer to Production Manager, furthering the leadership team at Fabcon.
Jakub Bak joins as a mechanical design engineer, and Nick Kittle joins as a controls engineer after working as a subcontractor for Fabcon for many years. Sales has also been expanded with Adam Harvey joining the team as his sales engineer and working closely with new and existing customers.
Other key appointments include Jim Ayre joining as Parts and Logistics Coordinator, responsible for purchasing and managing inventory and materials required for Fabcon’s growing order list. Meanwhile Kevin Wrathall has been appointed Project Manager on a contractual basis, coordinating various UK and global construction and installation projects.
Managing Director Trevor Howard said:The eight appointments and promotions are all natural, putting a top-notch team in place for 2023 and a range of global projects underway within the snack industry. ”na
Wales appoint new Chief Veterinary Officerna
Dr Richard Irvine, currently Defra UK’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer and Head of Global Animal Health Policy, has been appointed the new Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales.
Irvine has held various roles leading animal health surveillance and scientific programs at the Animal and Plant Health Authority and has spent time in clinical mixed veterinary practice in South Wales. He plans to join the Welsh government in March.
Commenting on this appointment, he said:A great opportunity to make a difference and build on what has already been achieved. I am happy to be back in Wales after working as a veterinarian for some time in Wales.na
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to play my role and look forward to starting a new role.”na