Meadow Foods

Meadow Foods - About Us

Key Management

Meadow Foods’ Executive Team has a combined 200 years of dairy experience. That means they have a wealth of knowledge helping us to continue to develop and grow. The dairy market is a complex one but the approach and insight of our Executive Team helps us to remain a stable milk buyer so we can process and manufacture the highest quality dairy ingredients 365 days a year.

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Simon Chantler, Executive Chairman

Simon Chantler is Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Meadow Foods.  As a graduate of Cirencester Agricultural College and a former dairy farmer himself, Simon understands the challenges involved in farming.  Under Simon’s direction, the company has achieved compound growth of more than 8% since 1995 and has achieved a turnover in 2011/12 of more than £340 million.

Damian McDonald

Damian McDonald, Finance Director

After graduating with a Civil Engineering degree, Damian moved into finance and spent ten years as an audit accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Damian joined the accounts team at Meadow Foods in 1994 before taking over as Finance Director in 1997.

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Paul Deakin, Non-Executive Director

Paul moved into the dairy industry as Executive Chairman at United Milk. Paul joined Meadow Foods in 2005 as a Non-Executive Chairman before becoming Managing Director in 2007. Paul now holds the position of Non-Executive Director, giving continuity to the board.

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John Lambert, Commercial Director – Sugar Division

John is Commercial Director of our sweetened dairy products processing site in Holme on Spalding Moor, Yorkshire. John has over 30 years’ experience in the dairy industry and prior to working at Meadow Foods he was Commercial Director at Express Dairies Distribution.

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Jamie Barrell, Commercial Director – Fat Division

After working for Unigate PLC and in dairy trading for more than a decade, Jamie joined Meadow Foods in 2000. He is now the Commercial Director of Meadow’s Fat Division with responsibility for the Butteroil (AMF) business, Group Fat Procurement and management of the Fat Operations team based at Chester.

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Paul Jackson, Sales Director – Fresh Division

With over 20 years experience in the dairy ingredients sector, Paul leads the company’s six-strong sales team. He previously ran the dairy ingredients division for Dairy Crest and has broad production and operational experience. Paul also heads up Meadow’s Fresh Division at Peterborough.

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Gary Apperley-Sheppard, Milk Trading Director

Gary has over 30 years of experience in the dairy industry, working for the Milk Marketing Board and Unigate for 20 years before joining Meadow in 1999. In his current role of Milk Trading Director, he is responsible for the trading of up to 800million litres of milk annually for the company.

Jim Bebb

Jim Bebb, Milk Procurement Director

Jim has responsibility for procuring milk from farms across England, Scotland and Wales.  Jim Joined Meadow Foods in 2007 from Farmsense where he held the position of UK Business Manager.  Prior to this Jim spent time with The Milk Group as Farm Liaison Manager before moving to Kennan as Projects Manager for the UK and Ireland.  Jim is a graduate of the Royal Agricultural College Cirencester.

Mark Chantler

Mark Chantler, Group Commercial Director

Mark has a first class honours degree in economics and was recruited into the family business in 2011 to work across a number of business units.  He now holds the position of Group Commercial Director and has responsibility for overseeing and implementing the company’s strategy for growth, acquisitions and its ambitious expansion plans.

Pamela Harrison

Pamela Harrison, Operations Director

Pamela is our Operations Director with responsibility for the company’s Chester site.  Pamela joined the business in 2008 from Nestle, where she worked for more than 20 years in various positions including quality and technical roles as well as processing, packing and milk procurement.  In 2008 she was recognised as one of the industry’s rising stars in the North West Food Awards.

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