Hayden Terry

"One of the best things about working here is all the training and development."

"I joined the South West team back in 2011 as a Quality Assurance (QA) Operative. I was 19 and it was my first proper full-time job. From there I moved in to a role on the Weighbridge, in Intake QA, which gave me some really useful experience. 

In 2015 I was promoted to QA Team Leader. It can be quite challenging at times. Now instead of being the person in QA that would spot an issue with crops and report them to someone, I’m the person that any issues are reported to and I have to deal with them! It’s a lot of responsibility and I sometimes have to make quite difficult decisions to make sure that we do our best to delight our customers. We have a really good team here. They all understand what we need to do and they work together.

In 2017 I completed a Food Manufacturing Excellence (FME) course. I really enjoyed the project work that I did as part of this. We were working across different teams and departments, looking at ways to streamline processes and improve efficiency in the factory. In 2018 I’m starting a Food Science & Technology course run by the University of Lincoln. It’s a four-year degree level qualification, but it’s classed as an apprenticeship and there’s a large practical element to it. There’s a lot of distance learning, with some week-long study blocks at the uni too. It’s going to be a challenge, as I have a busy life already with work and family, but I think it’ll be worth it. I’ll get a really useful qualification out of it, which I hope will help me to advance my career much further with Branston. 

Working at Branston, one of the best things is all the training and development. If you have a positive attitude, put the effort in and show that you’re willing to learn then Branston put the effort back in to you and you get recognised and rewarded for it."
 

Jenny Birkett

Jenny Birkett

Senior NPD Manager

"I joined straight from University on the Graduate Development Programme."

Anthony Hutchison

Anthony Hutchison

Sizing Line Team Leader

"I'm responsible for making sure that our line is as efficient and lean as it can be."

Carlos Perez Bernaldez

Carlos Perez Bernaldez

Production Team Leader

"I like the way that the company spots potential and gives people the chance to show what they can do."

Merren Lewendon

Merren Lewendon

Agronomy Operative

"I really enjoy going out in the fields, especially on a lovely summer's day."

Hayden Terry

Hayden Terry

QA Team Leader

"One of the best things about working here is all the training and development."

Mark Abbott

Mark Abbott

Maintenance Co-ordinator

"There's always something to learn and some new challenge to overcome."

Jim Aitken

Jim Aitken

Senior Agronomist

"I'm passionate about getting the best out of potatoes and making sure that the end consumer does too."

Dominic Groom

Dominic Groom

Customer Technical Manager

"I get to be involved in every step - from stock selection in the field to how the products are presented in store."