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Simon Ball - Managing Director, Jacksons

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Simon joined our Bakery as MD in February 2014. He comes to us from International Procurement and Logistics Ltd (IPL) where he has worked for the past year as Managing Director (Finished Goods).

Prior to this he was MD at Hazeldene, a business he worked in for 10 years. He was appointed MD in 2007.

Like a number of our senior colleagues Simon has studied the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in the US.

Tim Proudlove - Managing Director, MyFresh

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Tim joined the Group in 2014, initially as Chief Operations Officer of MyFresh. He was appointed Managing Director of MyFresh in May 2017.

Tim has a strong background in the fresh produce industry, working for Florette, Greencore and RF Brookes Limited before joining the Group.

Hannah Shipton - Managing Director, Abel & Cole

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Hannah was appointed Managing Director of Abel Cole in October 2016. With a background in retail management, Hannah joined our organic online retailer in 2006.

Since then she has led the customer service team, run sales and marketing as a director and more recently been the deputy managing director.

Hannah is hugely passionate about our Abel & Cole brand and is leading the business to delight customers with an exciting and innovative product range and a fantastic shopping experience.

 

James Watson - Managing Director, Aunt Bessie’s

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James was appointed Managing Director of Aunt Bessie’s in 2014. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Jacksons, a position he held for four years.

He joined us as Corporate Development Director for the Group in 2006. He previously worked for Baxters Food Group and JP Morgan.

Like a number of our senior colleagues James has studied the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.

Ian Hunt - Managing Director, The Food Doctor

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Ian has led two WJFG businesses as Managing Director, having started his career with us as Sales Director of Aunt Bessie’s in January 2008.

Ian has an excellent pedigree working with consumer brands within the grocery retail channel, making him perfectly placed to become MD of The Food Doctor with our purchase of the business in April 2016.

Before joining us, Ian was with H J Heinz for 14 years and prior to this he worked for Dairy Crest. His career in the food industry started with in-store roles with J. Sainsbury.