His appointment followed 30 years’ experience in the manufacturing and engineering industries, including senior roles at Tangerine Confectionery and Cadbury Trebor Bassett.
Lambert will be involved in the consultation process on all major capital projects, operations strategy developments, and mergers and acquisitions. He will also focus on increasing Meadow Foods’ capacity in a bid to offer more variety and increase efficiency across its sites.
Second senior appointment
The Chester-headquartered firm also announced the appointment of Emma Stevens as its head of HR. She joins the business from Village Bakery and has 10 years’ experience in HR management.
As head of HR, she will be responsible for making sure that strategically, employee and corporate agendas are aligned with the business objectives of the company. Stevens will also be tasked with increasing employee engagement across the company.
Commenting on the appointments, chief executive Mark Chantler said: “We’re delighted to welcome Emma and Gary to Meadow Foods. We look forward to working with Emma on employee development strategies and business objectives, and Gary’s appointment will be key as we continue to grow the business organically.
‘Grow our team’
“We’re incredibly excited to be able to continue to grow our team to ensure we continue to provide and develop the best quality products, service and experience for our customers.”
Meadow Foods claimed to be the UK’s largest independently owned dairy group and supplier of milk-based dairy ingredients to the food industry.
It currently handles more than 650m litres of milk each year direct from 650 farmer suppliers from across the north of England, The Midlands, and north and west Wales.
In September last year, the group invested millions of pounds in expanding its dairy manufacturing site in Peterborough, which it expected would lead to the creation of 50 jobs.