Johnny McDowell, owner, Indie Fude Deli, Comber

Johnny McDowell, owner, Indie Fude Deli, Comber

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I own and run Indie Fude in Comber, a deli business specialising in artisan food and drink, especially from Northern Ireland. I also have a select number of suppliers from the Republic and Great Britain. As well as the shop in Comber, Indie Fude has... View Article

Caroline McCusker, Event Manager for IFEX with Fresh Montgomery

Caroline McCusker, Event Manager for IFEX with Fresh Montgomery

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I am the events manager for IFEX and ScotHot, which is owned by Fresh Montgomery. At Fresh Montgomery, we specialise in trade shows for the food, drink and hospitality industries in Belfast and across the UK as well as Asia and South Africa. Our portfolio... View Article

Alastair Crown, Founder and Managing Director of Corndale Farm Charcuterie

Alastair Crown, Founder and Managing Director of Corndale Farm Charcuterie

BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY TO DATE  Background in electronics. Worked in sales for seven years and then moved into renewables sector in 2014. Always had a passion for food and high welfare meat, and those are the main principles on which Corndale Farm was established.  WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE... View Article

Charlie Kerlin, corporate finance director at Grant Thornton NI

Charlie Kerlin, corporate finance director at Grant Thornton NI

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I am currently corporate finance director at Grant Thornton NI, a role which also involves being head of the firm’s Food and Beverage team, working with a host of Northern Ireland’s leading agri-food and drinks companies including producers and processers as well as distributors, bars... View Article

Riki Neill, director of RNN Communications

Riki Neill, director of RNN Communications

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? Director and founder of RNN Communications – an all-Island PR consultancy that delivers solutions for clients via communications. We work across many sectors, and have a wealth of experience in representing FMCG brands. Current clients include IFEX, Gala Retail, Valeo Foods Ireland, Fisherman’s Friend, Eat... View Article

Steve Barnes, chief executive of industry charity GroceryAid

Steve Barnes, chief executive of industry charity GroceryAid

BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY TO DATE First five years at Safeway finding sites for new supermarkets; a year in management consultancy proving that some people are not cut out to be consultants; 17 years leading industry research at IGD – a wonderful role; four years as commercial and membership... View Article

The new Tesco Commercial Manager for Northern Ireland, Stephen Magill, talks plans, gripes and career highlights with UG…

The new Tesco Commercial Manager for Northern Ireland, Stephen Magill, talks plans, gripes and career highlights with UG…

The new Tesco Commercial Manager for Northern Ireland, Stephen Magill, talks plans, gripes and career highlights with UG… “Heading up convenience for Tesco Northern Ireland was a great experience within my career and allowed me to work with lots of terrific people.” WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY INVOLVE? A typical... View Article

Danielle Bates, Store Manager, Lidl Northern Ireland

Danielle Bates, Store Manager, Lidl Northern Ireland

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I am a Store Manager for Lidl Northern Ireland and I am currently based at Lidl’s Andersonstown Road store in Belfast. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY Fourteen years ago, I decided to take some time out from studying and I applied for a job in a new supermarket... View Article

David Johnson, general manager of Kestrel Foods

David Johnson, general manager of Kestrel Foods

BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY Before joining Kestrel Foods, I worked for over 25 years with Avondale Foods. I started with Avondale Foods as part of a student placement programme from Loughry College (CAFRE) and moved steadily through the ranks to become Factory Manager. WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE INVOLVE? As... View Article

Shauna Hamill, head of retail operations, Musgrave NI

Shauna Hamill, head of retail operations, Musgrave NI

BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY TO DATE? I joined Tesco on their Graduate Scheme in 1997 and worked in several stores, building experience within a number of different project roles. I was then appointed their Group HR business partner for three years. I moved to head up Convenience across the... View Article