I joined NPD Direct in 2004 having previously spent 14yrs at Geest plc, a major UK food manufacturer (now Bakkavör). Previous to my time at Geest I lived in London and worked in the travel industry.
In addition to managing the administration and facilities at NPD Direct, I work closely with major manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and the Refrigerated Foods Association of America. I provide the association, whose membership consist of North American chilled food manufacturers and suppliers, with an insight into the European retail arena, and conduct many trend tours to the UK and Europe on their behalf.
Starter or Dessert: Starter – Pan Fried Scallops
Football or Rugby: Rugby – England
Book or Film: Book – To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Beach or City: Beach – windswept and wild on the west coast of Scotland
First Car: Triumph Dolomite Sprint, with a walnut dashboard
First Job: Saturday job, stable girl and rider for local riding school
First Record: The Ice Cream Man by Pinky & Perky (I was very young at the time!)
Favourite Quote: “I can resist everything except temptation” – Oscar Wilde
Favourite Restaurant: The French Laundry, Napa Valley, California
Interesting fact about me: I once landed at Moscow Airport in a Russian jet whilst sitting in the cockpit on a wooden box!