New GM for South West site

Posted: 18 September 2017
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Jonathan Taylor joins Branston with a wealth of experience in the food sector, having performed operational and management roles at Kerry Foods Limited, QV Foods Limited, Brake Bros and Westaway Sausages Limited across a period spanning over twenty years.

For the past four years Jonathan has been the general manager of Westaway Sausages Limited, and has been responsible for the whole site operation of the company’s successful family owned factory producing premium sausages for the retail and foodservices market. During his time at the company, he has supported the growth and development of the brand, in particular the development of a frozen range to run alongside the fresh offering.

Jonathan said: “I am really excited to join Branston. It is a company with the perfect mix of success, personality and friendliness and I really look forward to getting to know and working with the team.

I hope that my background will allow me to offer insight and expertise to help the South West site to continue to develop and grow.”

As general manager of the South West site, a centre of excellence for New and Salad potatoes, Jonathan will be responsible for the day to day operation of all aspects of the site, as well as short and long term planning, procurement, quality, and health and safety programmes. Heading up the factory team of over 150, he will also oversee major capital expenditure projects, strategies to reduce waste and increase productivity, and will be responsible for staff welfare and motivation.

Ian Wait, who had previously been fulfilling the general manger role at the Branston South West site, has been promoted and joins the executive board as operations director. In this role Ian takes responsibility for overseeing the running of all three of Branston’s Fresh potato packing factories and the Prepared factory. A particular focus is ensuring best practice is shared across the business in the key areas of health and safety, quality, customer service, people development and productivity. Ian will also look after capital expenditure plans and projects, ensuring that reinvestment remains a high priority at all sites.

Ian said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jonathan to Branston. With his extensive experience in the food sector at an operational and managerial level, as well as his record of achievement in growing and developing the companies he has worked in, we believe he will be a brilliant addition to the team.

Jonathan joins Branston at an exciting time as the company continues to grow. We really look to forward to working with him to continue to develop the South West site, whilst I am really excited to take on my new responsibilities across all three sites, ensuring that best practice continues to be employed throughout the company.”