Shane Neary, director, Nearynógs Chocolate Makers

Shane Neary, director, Nearynógs Chocolate Makers

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I am a 39-year-old man, married with 12 kids and eight grandkids. I live in Carlingford Lough near Greencastle. I like family, good food, music, people, creating things, faith and nature. I’m originally from North Belfast but have lived in south Co Down for the past... View Article

Ella Thackray, digital media manager, MXB

Ella Thackray, digital media manager, MXB

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I’m a postgraduate with an MSc in Digital Marketing from Northumbria University, and moved back to Belfast in 2017 to explore career opportunities within the marketing industry. I am the digital media manager at MXB, based in Belfast and I have been with the agency for... View Article

Paul Clarke, managing director, En Place Foods

Paul Clarke, managing director, En Place Foods

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I am an ex-chef who now works in speciality food production. I run En Place Foods in Cookstown and CRAIC Foods in Craigavon. As well as MD, I also undertake most of the NPD work for both businesses. WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY INVOLVE? Very varied.... View Article

Ruairidh Morrison, co-owner, North Coast Smokehouse

Ruairidh Morrison, co-owner, North Coast Smokehouse

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I’m Ruairidh Morrison and, along with my wife Melanie, I run North Coast Smokehouse on the beautiful North Coast. I was born and raised on the Scottish island of Islay and, after roaming the world for many years, I settled here in my wife’s hometown of... View Article

Louis Ludik, co-owner, Hellbent

Louis Ludik, co-owner, Hellbent

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF My name is Louis Ludik and I am a South African who has been playing professional rugby for Ulster over the past five and a half years. I am also the co-owner of Hellbent, which has developed South African Boerewors sausages and spicy burgers and meat... View Article

Bernard Sloan, Co-Founder of Whitewater Brewing Company

Bernard Sloan, Co-Founder of Whitewater Brewing Company

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I’m Bernard Sloan and, along with Kerry, we set up Whitewater Brewing Company in 1996. It was established on my family’s fifth generation farm in the heart of the Mourne Mountains until 2017, when we moved to our new premises just outside Castlewellan. WHAT DOES A... View Article

Lauren Hyde, Education and Consumer Promotions Manager, Livestock & Meat Commission for Northern Ireland

Lauren Hyde, Education and Consumer Promotions Manager, Livestock & Meat Commission for Northern Ireland

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I’m a graduate of Harper Adams University, where I studied a BSc in Food, Nutrition and Wellbeing and an MSc in Food Industry Management. After living in England for five years, I recently returned to Northern Ireland where I’ve taken up a post with the Livestock... View Article

Amy Ankrah, trade marketing manager, Boost Drinks

Amy Ankrah, trade marketing manager, Boost Drinks

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I live in Harrogate with my husband Nick and little boy Alfie. I love to socialise and be around family, friends and colleagues. I enjoy travelling and experiencing different cultures. After university and before settling into working life, I spent a couple of years travelling around... View Article

Paul Gibson, managing director, McKees

Paul Gibson, managing director, McKees

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I’m 32, married to Hannah and we have three children together. I started my career in retail management and spent a decade at Lidl NI, including seven years as part of the senior management team. Recently I’ve joined McKee’s based in Maghera as managing director. We’re... View Article

Emma Walls, Commercial Director, Glenisk

Emma Walls, Commercial Director, Glenisk

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I’m the commercial director at Glenisk, which means I head up the division responsible for sales, marketing, insight and innovation, corporate and social responsibility and customer care. That’s the HR bit but effectively my job is about keeping Glenisk customers happy and growing their number. I’m... View Article