Saxon Foods Team

Meet The Team

Andrew Hayes

Managing Director

Having worked for larger national and international food businesses, Andrew took the plunge and started the business in 2010. With a degree in Food Marketing Sciences and an MBA from Durham University, complementing his 32 years in the food industry Andrew has a wealth of knowledge across food manufacturing.

Jonathan Beach

Finance Director

Jonathan qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2000.  Having initially worked in practice he moved into industry, 15 years of which have been in food manufacturing. In addition to the financial function, Jonathan also looks after IT.  Jonathan was a founding Director of Abbeydale.

Richard Firth

Commercial Director

Over his 30 years in the food industry Richard has worked for some of the biggest companies and brand names.  He has experience across both branded and own label sales in frozen, chilled and ambient across all sales channels.  Richard heads up our sales team as well as NPD and purchasing.

Ian Davenport

General Manager

With a degree in Economics from Lancaster, Ian has worked in operational roles in the food industry for over 25 years. He has worked for some of the biggest names in own label in both ambient and chilled in planning, operational management and Continues Improvement (CI). Ian is responsible for the Saxon site looking after operations, technical, engineering, planning/supply chain and HR.

James Davis

National Account Manager (Foodservice, B2B)

Having over 20 years of experience within the food industry, James returned to the UK from the USA in 2015 to dedicate his passion for food to manufacturing. He is a dedicated sales professional working across multiple foodservice/B2B sectors with emphasis on providing the highest level of service to his clients.

Contact:  james.davies@abbeydalefoods.co.uk

David Wilcock

Sales Manager (Convenience, Discount, Wholesale, Cash & Carry)

David has over 10 years’ experience in FMCG working on some of the biggest brands in the UK selling across several channels as well as experience with challenger brands and many NPD launches. David is now specialising in the wholesales cash & carry / retail convenience and discount channel as well as managing our chilled snacking portfolio.

Contact:  david.wilcock@abbeydalefoods.co.uk

NPD Manager

Lynne has had a really interesting career progression. Graduating in 2001 with a degree in Food & Nutrition she started her career in one of the UK’s top food companies working in NPD. Deciding to share her love and passion of food with others she then became a teacher in 2010. After 4 years teaching Lynne decided it was time to re-join the food industry. This time in retail working for one of the UK’s top supermarkets. Her enthusiasm, creative nature, passion for food and keen eye for detail are evident in every project she oversees.

Technical Manager

Vicky joined the food industry in 2014 following a career change, leaving her teaching job within the secondary sector to work in fresh produce. Within the food sector Vicky has always worked on product quality and on joining Saxon Foods in 2016 she has progressed through the Technical Team to Technical Manager. With Vicky’s keen eye for detail and analytical approach the team are progressing well and maintaining the high standard of technical accreditation enjoyed over recent years.