“These appointments ensure we further reinforce our levels of market leading service, innovation, customer support and expertise to the baking industry," AB Mauri’s managing director Andy Pollard said. "Additionally, they significantly enhance our ability to deliver food technology, innovation and expertise to new and developing markets.”
Brian Hunnikin has been named director of manufacturing and engineering. He has specific responsibility for AB Mauri’s Northampton, Corby, Royston and Gainsborough sites, with the goal of ensuring their status as world leading manufacturing plants.
Hunnikin has an impressive manufacturing and operations pedigree, with a career spanning Unilever, Walkers Snacks, Mars, Weetabix, and nine years at Princes Foods, leading a logistics and manufacturing team producing 15m cases per annum.
He said: “I’m relishing the task ahead and look forward to showcasing our manufacturing facilities to a global audience as outstanding examples of their type.”
Supply chain, finance & IT and sales roles
Stephen Tutt has been appointed as director of supply chain. Tutt brings more than 30 years of experience in agriculture, foodservice and food manufacturing. Prior to joining AB Mauri UK in 2011 as a procurement manager, he held previous roles in Dalgety, Kerry, Scottish & Newcastle, Westmill Foods and was a procurement consultant for a number of years.
Stephen commented: “I am delighted to be joining the executive board in AB Mauri UK & Ireland and I’m looking forward to helping deliver our strategic goals. As director of supply chain my responsibilities include procurement, production & demand planning, logistics and customer services."
Dan Parkin has joined the executive board of AB Mauri UK & Ireland as finance & IT director. Working within the Associated British Foods group, his experience has encompassed British Sugar, AB Agri and the Weston Centre.
Andrew Dinsdale joins the executive board as director of sales for the UK, a role which has evolved from head of sales and lead for the industrial sector.
One of Dinsdale's primary responsibilities will be giving direction to the PureCraft team, overseeing the commercial success of the exciting new premium bakery mixes brand. His journey into baking started in 1989 with a baking course at Monkwearmouth college and his experience includes spells in education as well as work at RHM technology, Rank Hovis, British Bakels and Novozymes. He has been with AB Mauri for a combined 16 years, in a variety of technical and commercial roles, on a UK and global basis.
Dinsdale said: “Over the years, AB Mauri has delivered new technology and pushed the boundaries to make a difference in product and ingredient technology. My focus is to build and lead a commercial team that will evolve with the changing environment and evolution of the industry we serve.”
Existing AB Mauri executive board members Carl Vitty, Jason Vaghela and Jim Hawkridge welcomed the new appointees.
Pollard concluded: “Over the last 20 plus years our dedication to supporting the bakery industry has enabled us to grow, forming the leading bakery ingredients supplier business in the UK and Ireland, a position we never take for granted.
"Whilst we are dedicated to supporting the bakery market, we strongly believe we can also bring our technical expertise to benefit other food manufacturing sectors.”