Rachel O'Brien Business Founder and Director Rachel O'BrienBusiness Founder and Director My background: FMCG category marketing, retail buying, brand strategy and development, category strategy and management, supplier development in the retail sector. What I bring to the team: A positive attitude and pragmatic approach, strong working knowledge of the UK retail sector, understanding of consumer behaviours and a passion for building sustainable food and drink businesses. Outside of work I love: Food and drink, walking, running and yoga, friends and family, sunny holidays! James Pearson Commercial Consultant James PearsonCommercial Consultant My background: Retail buying and supply of fresh and ambient categories. End to end P&L management, commercial range and promotional modelling. Experience of working with continental retailers and importing products manufactured globally. What I bring to the team: A detail orientated approach with strong emphasis on data analytics, all based around a firm grounding in the world of FMCG retail and manufacture. Outside of work I love: My pooch, cooking, wine, skiing, and on a Saturday in the summer you’re guaranteed to find me on the cricket field. Amanda Peberdy Business Founder and Director Amanda PeberdyBusiness Founder and Director My background: Retail – store management, merchandising, buying and category management across most food and drink categories. What I bring to the team: A directional approach, commercial acumen, compliance training, cross-functional insight. Outside of work I love: Cooking, baking bread, nice meals with good wine, walks in the Dales. Hayley Galvin Accounts Administrator Hayley GalvinAccounts Administrator My background: Accounts management. My previous role was at Talk Straight, a supplier of bespoke broadband to schools and businesses. I managed the company's financial data and compliance by maintaining accurate books on accounts payable and receivable and daily financial entries, payroll and reconciliations. What I bring to the team: Clear thinking, a methodical and analytical approach, attention to detail, problem solving, professionalism, friendliness, honesty and transparency Outside of work I love: Running, walking the dog, wine, Liverpool FC, travelling, going out for meals, watching my two daughters compete at Irish dancing and athletics, and sadly (!) cleaning my house Richard Hawney Head of Commercial and Marketing Richard HawneyHead of Commercial and Marketing My background: Category management, marketing, consumer/shopper and market insight, brand and strategy development across multiple FMCG categories and channels. Worked at retailers and manufacturers. What I bring to the team: Clear thinking, the consumer and shopper viewpoint, retailer knowledge and understanding, a commercial focus to marketing, calmness, positivity, a passion to help others succeed. Outside of work I love: Chocolate, cheese, gin, walking the dog, Watford FC, looking at other people's houses on Rightmove. Caroline Bartrop Commercial Marketing Consultant Caroline BartropCommercial Marketing Consultant My background: Over 20 years’ experience of marketing in major retailers and food service. Trade marketing, category management, brand strategy and development, website and online app development, supplier engagement, events and exhibitions. What I bring to the team: Enthusiastic and passionate about food marketing with a positive can-do attitude. I’m strategic and creative, constantly seeking new ideas and ways of working to improve the business and benefit the customer. Outside of work I love: I love food, drink and everything about it, this is why I run! I enjoy the outdoors, walking the dog, running and generally keeping fit. I’m a volunteer run director at the weekly Huddersfield Junior park run. I love musicals, live music and dragging my other half to watch comedians Clare Hutchinson Commercial Consultant Clare HutchinsonCommercial Consultant My background: Experience at various grocery retailers covering buying roles across non-food, ambient and fresh food, global sourcing, worked in stores for 2 years, store format development. What I bring to the team: Project and critical path management, clarity of thinking, extensive experience of UK and global sourcing with related P&Ls and commercial modelling to aid decision making. Outside of work I love: Trucking across the M62 ferrying my kids across the North of England, outside of that I squeeze in dog walks, playing tennis and seeing friends. Emma Hill Supply Chain Consultant Emma HillSupply Chain Consultant My background: End to end retail supply chain, forecasting, stock and order management, seasonal event planning, cross functional working with commercial, importing, distribution and trade planning teams What I bring to the team: A logical, analytical, and proactive approach, experience of retailer supply chain processes and systems, enthusiasm, positivity, an understanding of fresh and frozen warehouse operations Outside of work I love: Dining out, walks with the family, a good boxset binge, bottomless brunches, my pup Nellie, live music, musicals and 90s pop Phil Miles Supply Chain Consultant Phil MilesSupply Chain Consultant My background: Retail management, new store set up, demand planning, production planning, short shelf-life product management, materials procurement. Worked at retailers and manufacturers. What I bring to the team: Shop floor to top floor knowledge and experience in FMCG. Experience as a retailer, manufacturer, and supplier. A cool calm approach to problem solving. Outside of work I love: Live music, travel, petrol head, Tottenham Hotspur, DIY and consuming pies. Jannine Jones Supply Chain Executive Jannine JonesSupply Chain Executive My background: Ambient supply chain category management, identifying, developing, and implementing robust initiatives to support future needs across multiple FMCG categories and channels (online / wholesale / food boxes). Worked at a top 4 grocery retailer. What I bring to the team: Retailer knowledge and understanding, supply chain focus to support planning, development and implementation of day-to-day processing of stock from factory to customer, a passion to help others. Outside of work I love: Spending time with my huge family, spoiling my dog rotten and taking her to doggie play dates, and a love of any kind of crafting. Alison Pearce Marketing Consultant Alison PearceMarketing Consultant My background: 14 years' experience at Asda in marketing, buying and merchandising functions across chilled, grocery, non-food grocery, bakery, health and beauty categories. Also worked on the supplier side. What I bring to the team: Insight into market and product trends, management of the NPD process including packaging design and artwork, trade marketing to launch instore. Knowledge of product and packaging legislation. Outside of work I love: Being outdoors - from walking to gardening, going to the gym, cooking and trying out new recipes especially Indian cookery, watching reality TV!!! Helen Waterhouse Marketing Consultant Helen WaterhouseMarketing Consultant My background: B2B and B2C marketing across the full marketing mix, business development and project and event management. What I bring to the team: Organisation, creativity, a desire and passion to see projects succeed, determination, an eye for detail, a CIM in Marketing and experience of the full marketing mix. Outside of work I love: Baking, travelling, visiting new countries, coffee, and watching The Apprentice and Bake Off. Natasha Fishwick Head of Supply and Operations Natasha FishwickHead of Supply and Operations My background: Financial Controller, supply chain and operations consultant. What I bring to the team: Strategic planning, problem solving, breadth of knowledge across supply functions, warehouse processes and management accounts, determination to find solutions in complex supply landscapes. Outside of work I love: My family, singing and piano, walking and fresh air, good food and a great beer! Matthew Slater Commercial Executive Matthew SlaterCommercial Executive My background: Buying, manufacturing, product development. Worked at retailers (both in store and head office) as well a brief stint at a PR company. What I bring to the team: Sales reporting and product set up using different retailer systems, strong Excel and data analysis skills, creative thinking…including the occasional rap. A ‘younger’ perspective, and fire safety! Outside of work I love: Supporting indie food and drink businesses, exploring the great outdoors, reading fantasy novels, and singing loudly to the radio – much to the annoyance of my partner! Justine Crowther Office Manager and Admin Exec Justine CrowtherOffice Manager and Admin Exec My background: Operations Manager for All Bar One and Pret a Manger, Production Manager for LoveBrownies.com What I bring to the team: An organised, tidy and well-stocked working environment. Prompt and up to date invoices. Admin support for anyone who requires it, as well as tea and coffee making skills Outside of work I love: Walking on the moor with the dog, gardening and gin ….at the same time!