Patron – Amanda Cottrell
OBE, Patron of Visit Kent, Director Visit England & former High Sheriff of Kent
Chairman – Stephen Clarke
Purchasing and Marketing Director, kff (kent frozen foods)
kff have supported Produced in Kent since they first joined in 2008. Starting his career at kff at the age of 24, Stephen was not daunted by the enormity of his first task, to create a working marketing function, completely from scratch. Nowadays, Stephen leads the same department as Purchasing and Marketing Director. His vision and hard work has helped the business to become one of the South East’s largest independent food service wholesalers, generating an annual turnover in excess of £38 million. The local sourcing policy and ethos built into the kff culture is derived from Stephen’s passion and commitment to supporting local producers where ever possible.
General Manager, Macknade Fine Foods
Finn joined the Macknade team as the GM in 2013. He started his career at the Savoy Group on their management training scheme (including a year spent in the kitchen at Claridges!) before working overseas in Europe for many years, spending a lot of time in the French Alps, as well as Portugal and Spain, followed by a couple of years in Brussels. Having also lived and worked in Yorkshire for a number of years he has always gained great pleasure from the gastronomic influences of all these areas.
Managing Director Fudge Kitchen
In 1995 she bought the Jim Garrahy fudge and spent five years reinventing the offer into a premium, artisan confectionery, to rival the more established high end chocolate market; and developed the brand’s pioneering ‘retail theatre’ model, where fudge is made traditionally in front of the customer, to a famously entertaining and engaging narrative.
In the last six years she has overseen significant growth; established a stand-alone production facility and launched over 70 trailblazing new products.
As a small business owner and entrepreneur, Siân has also been involved with a variety of networking and business panels. They include joining the Bank of England regional discussion panel, sitting as a non-executive director of Business Support Kent CIC (Business Link Kent) and currently acting as one of the IoD Kent’s ambassadors.
Director & General Manager, Solley’s Kentish Ice Cream
Married with two children I have a business background which has both significant public sector and entrepreneurial success. An MBA graduate, my background had been in economic development and tourism regeneration across the UK but from 2006 to 2012 I ran my own lucrative marketing and business strategy company which operated across the south east of England. My wife and I moved back to the fourth generation family farm based in Ripple near Deal in 2010 and I now manage and operate the very successful Solley’s Farms Ice cream Limited, a family owned business. I have been instrumental in shaping and ensuring the business growth and brand awareness of Solley’s across Kent, Sussex and beyond since I took the reins in 2012. As a highly motivated individual, a strategic thinker with a sense of humour and a passion for success I believe Produced in Kent has much to offer the membership, the County and the UK and beyond but needs to positively engage and motivate its membership whilst offering routes to market for commercial success far in excess of what it currently offers. This will, in turn, allow the economically sustainable future for Produced in Kent that it currently seeks to achieve.
Chief Executive and Founder of the Breakthrough Group.
Sue has been at Executive Director level in a range of sectors for the last 20 years as a company director, shareholder and Chief Executive. She also has significant experience as a non-executive on charities and government bodies and is well known as the lead presenter on The FoodTalk Radio Show. The Breakthrough Group includes Breakthrough Funding, an R&D tax relief company which works closely with small business owners and their accountants.
She has recently won the Director of the Year Award for London and the South East and has also been named Kent Business Woman of the Year. She is regularly asked to speak about SME business growth and funding sources at conferences, seminars and in the media. Sue is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and has written countless articles, ten books and given interviews on every national television and radio news programme in the UK.
Sally Newall – Chairperson of the Member Group
Founder and Owner, Simply Ice Cream
Family business owner who supports businesses working together. Sally is a mother of four children, qualified cook and successful wedding and party caterer along with her team produce our range of decadent, luxury ice creams in Bonnington, Ashford using British dairy products, Kentish seasonal fruits and ingredients from top suppliers sourced locally where possible. The result is an award-winning truly unbelievable taste!
Deputy Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Kent County Council.
After graduating from university and qualifing as an accountant, James spent thirty years in business. As a trainee accountant he specialised in small to medium-sized businesses, obtaining a good understanding of business and the issues involved. After qualifying he worked for several large commercial organisations in publishing, printing, media and latterly in the electricity industry. As a senior manager with UK Power Networks my responsibilities were for the reporting of business performance.
He has two grown-up children who attended local grammar schools. His interests include spending time with family and friends, travel, sports, family history and working in the garden.