Our people

The essential ingredient in meadow’s success is our people – the most knowledgeable, expert and professional team in the industry. They are the reason why we have so many long-term relationships with the world’s leading food manufacturers.

Meadow team

A growing team

Over the last 30 years, we have grown from a small family business to a team of over 450 expert colleagues, who are the essential ingredient in our success. We’re proud of our 97% retention rate, and many of our people have been with the business for over 10 years. While we have grown in scale and offer a large and diverse range of careers, we’re still a family business at heart.

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careers at meadow

At Meadow, we are proud of our family and farming heritage, the company and team we have built over 30 years and the results we have delivered together.

As we look to grow further, we are always looking for talented people. Whether you’re into operations, farm liaison, an accountant or a natural born sales person, what’s key for us is that you have a passion for sustainable ingredients, are committed to delivering results and are happy to learn.

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What makes us different is the meadow way

A shared Mission and Values that drives everything we do as a business.

Our mission
To make sustainable ingredients easy for our customers

Our values
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We think big

We solve our customers’ most complex challenges in bold and innovative ways

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We get it done

We take personal accountability for solving customer problems quickly and simply

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We support each other

We drive each other and the business to improve through teamwork and training

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We do the right thing

We never cut corners on safety or quality and put sustainability at the heart of our business

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Jonathan Burley

Export Director

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Zoe Elleray

Head of Sales - Inclusions

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James Clapham

Head of Sales - Fresh

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Spencer Hackett

Key Account Manager

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Ryan Morris

Key Account Manager

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Chris Haigh

Key Account Manager

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Joe Swanson

Food Service Account Manager

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James Crossley

National Account Manager - Fresh

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Rosie Kinvig

National Account Manager - Fresh

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Hannah White

Business Development Manager - Inclusions

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Karen Jones

National Account Manager - Inclusions

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Alice Fletcher

National Account Manager - Inclusions

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Charlotte Aspinall

Account Executive - Fresh

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James Farrell

Trading Manager - Butter & Butteroils

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Alistair James

Trading Manager - Milk

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Raj Tugnait

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Raj is responsible for setting the direction and culture with the executive team, and delivering for colleagues, customers and shareholders. Raj joined Meadow in early 2022, bringing with him over 30 years of senior experience in the food industry with PE and listed companies, including being CEO at Sysco Speciality and MD at Brakes Group.

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Jack Hancock

M&A & Strategy Director

Jack joined Meadow in 2007 and has led transformation across various parts of the group, including the new plant-based division. With his experience of the business and industry, Jack is responsible for developing the strategic direction of the business through transformational growth opportunities and M&A.

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Maria Neeve

Chief Financial Officer

Maria joined Meadow in 2020 and is responsible for delivering the financial planning and reporting for our business, as well as the company’s IT function. Maria has a wealth of established experience in the food industry and, before joining Meadow, spent 15 years with Brakes in several roles including Fresh Direct Group CFO and UK CFO.

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Jim Bebb

Supply Chain Director

Jim is responsible for our procurement and logistics departments. He has worked in the dairy industry for 22 years and joined Meadow in 2007. Since then, Jim has developed the producer milk pool from 150 farmers with 120 million litres of milk to more than 400 producers with 550 million litres. Jim manages our entire supply chain operation, an integral function in the business.

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Jamie Barrell

Commercial Director - Butter & Butter Oils

Jamie is responsible for procurement and sales of bulk creams across the business. He also manages the sales of anhydrous milk fat and butter produced at our Chester site. He joined Meadow in 2000 from Unigate where he was responsible for dairy trading for more than a decade.

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Andy Smith

Commercial Director - Speciality Ingredients

Andy is responsible for our Commercial, Innovation and Marketing departments, focusing on customer innovation and identifying new markets for business growth. He joined Meadow in early 2022 and has over 20 years’ experience working in the food industry, having previously worked for large brands such as Quorn and Mondelez.

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Jon Cooper

Group Operations Director

Jon is responsible for our four factories, working closely with site directors and group managers to ensure they are best in class, and developing and sustaining operational progress. He joined the business in 2023 from Finsbury Group and has over 15 years experience of leading operations in the food manufacturing industry.

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Cat Costigan

Group Human Resources Director

Cat joined Meadow in October 2023 and is responsible for day-to-day HR operations across the Meadow sites as well as talent acquisition and people development. She is ACA qualified and has over 15 years' experience in senior HR roles within the food manufacturing industry.

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Caroline Brown

Head of Planning & Change

Caroline joined the business in March 2022 and is responsible for driving the strategic priorities and the successful implementation of transformational change projects. She has a wealth of food industry and management consultancy experience, including roles at Sysco Speciality Group and Brakes.

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Alun Lewis

Head of Sustainability

Alun has been with Meadow for 15 years, and has spent 30 years working in dairy manufacturing. He has held various positions, covering Technical, Environmental, Management and Sustainability. His current role is to determine and deliver the Sustainability strategy for the business, an essential part of our growth plans.

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Mark Chantler

Chairman

Mark joined the family business in 2011 and having successfully delivered significant top-line growth and improvements in profitability, was promoted to CEO of the group in 2017. He continued to lead the growth of the business until early 2022 when he handed over the role to Raj. Mark remains an active member on the Meadow Board, supporting and advising the senior leadership team on business strategy.

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Raj Tugnait

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Raj is responsible for setting the direction and culture with the executive team, and delivering for colleagues, customers and shareholders. Raj joined Meadow in early 2022, bringing with him over 30 years of senior experience in the food industry with PE and listed companies, including being CEO at Sysco Speciality and MD at Brakes Group.

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Maria Neeve

Chief Financial Officer

Maria joined Meadow in 2020 and is responsible for delivering the financial planning and reporting for our business, as well as the company’s IT function. Maria has a wealth of established experience in the food industry and, before joining Meadow, spent 15 years with Brakes in several roles including Fresh Direct Group CFO and UK CFO.

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Jack Hancock

M&A and Strategy Director

Jack joined Meadow in 2007 and has led transformation across various parts of the group, including the new plant-based division. With his experience of the business and industry, Jack is responsible for developing the strategic direction of the business through transformational growth opportunities and M&A.

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Navtej Sidhu

Non-Executive Director

Navtej is a Director at Fairfax Financial Holdings and represents them on the Meadow Board. Prior to joining Fairfax, Navtej also held senior roles at Scotiabank Global Banking & Markets and Desjardins Securities.

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Jonathan Burley

Export Director

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Zoe Elleray

Head of Sales - Inclusions

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James Clapham

Head of Sales - Fresh

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Spencer Hackett

Key Account Manager

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Ryan Morris

Key Account Manager

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Chris Haigh

Key Account Manager

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Joe Swanson

Food Service Account Manager

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James Crossley

National Account Manager - Fresh

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Rosie Kinvig

National Account Manager - Fresh

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Hannah White

Business Development Manager - Inclusions

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Karen Jones

National Account Manager - Inclusions

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Alice Fletcher

National Account Manager - Inclusions

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Charlotte Aspinall

Account Executive - Fresh

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James Farrell

Trading Manager - Butter & Butteroils

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Alistair James

Trading Manager - Milk