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About Knighton Foods

Find out more about Knighton Foods

Meet the senior team

Customers should feel free to contact us directly at any time, after all, we are here to deliver the best possible levels of Customer Service and help you meet your needs.

We really want to hear from potential new suppliers who can help us with our Continuous Improvement programmes and who share in our passion for innovation. We would respectfully request that potential new suppliers email iwanttobeasupplier@knightonfoods.com in the first instance, this will allow us to put you in touch with the right person and ensure that you receive a quick response.

Richard Ilsley

Richard Ilsley

CEO

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Richard Ilsley

Richard Ilsley

CEO

I have over 25 years of experience in the FMCG industry spanning sectors including alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and ambient and chilled grocery. Coupled with having both lived and worked in International consumer goods markets (including the EU, USA and Asia) I bring a truly global perspective to the Knighton business. I am committed to building and developing strong management teams and am wholly focussed on delivering the innovation, service and value expected by our current and future customers.

Sharon Blurton

Sharon Blurton

HR Business Partner

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Sharon Blurton

Sharon Blurton

HR Business Partner

I joined Knighton in September 2008 and have over 20 years experience of working within HR functions for manufacturing companies. I became CIPD qualified to level 7 in 2012. We have some great people at Knighton and I look forward to working together to deliver success for the business.

Paul Cannings

Paul Cannings

Business Unit Director - Knighton Ingredients

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Paul Cannings

Paul Cannings

Business Unit Director - Knighton Ingredients

I joined the business in 2005 from United Biscuits and have 20 years experience working in the food industry across technical and commercial functions. I have a genuine obsession with food processing and Knighton Foods have a unique technology platform that enables us to deliver innovative powder processing solutions.

Zela Clarke

Zela Clarke

Operations Manager

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Zela Clarke

Zela Clarke

Operations Manager

I have over 30yrs FMCG experience. I joined Knighton Foods in 2015 & thoroughly enjoy working with an exceptional team that takes pride in the heritage of the site. I am passionate about creating ” a great place to work” environment with a team that wants to be succesfull by creating a good quality product efficiently.

Jon Cheswick

Jon Cheswick

Technical Manager

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Jon Cheswick

Jon Cheswick

Technical Manager

With over 25 years of Technical, Operational and Commercial work experience in the FMCG sectors, operating in High Care, High Risk and Pharmaceutical categories, supplying retailers, B2B, and multi national companies with branded and own label products, I am passionate about ensuring that the business deliver’s products and services of a consistent quality.

Ivor Blanch

Ivor Blanch

Engineering Development Manager

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Ivor Blanch

Ivor Blanch

Engineering Development Manager

I have over 30 years experience working within the “Food Industry,” holding a variety of Engineering and Operational positions. Over these years I have a proven record in Implementation of change and Improvement initiatives. Recently returning back to the Knighton Foods this year to work with a Passionate and Dedicated Team to assist with driving the business forward.

Jan Cook

Jan Cook

Financial Controller

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Jan Cook

Jan Cook

Financial Controller

I am a graduate accountant with more than twenty five years management experience having worked in a variety of different businesses in the food sector. I am passionate about measuring performance, identifying variances, organising and getting the best out of people. I am privileged to be part of the excellent finance team at Knighton.

David Llewellyn

David Llewellyn

NPD Manager

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David Llewellyn

David Llewellyn

NPD Manager

I am a qualified Process Engineer with 30+ years experience in the food industry, having worked with processes as diverse as tea blending, biscuit manufacture and spray drying. I have been working with the Knighton site from when I joined Cadbury Typhoo in 1984, and have headed up the R&D facility since 2004. During this time I have developed such brands as Cadbury Chocolate Break and created the low calorie instant chocolate market through the development of Cadbury High Lights. I have worked successfully with all of the major multiple retailers and have developed food beverages and powdered desserts for most of the instantly recognisable brands that you consume on a daily basis.

Colin Wilding

Colin Wilding

Business Unit Director - Consumer Foods

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Colin Wilding

Colin Wilding

Business Unit Director - Consumer Foods

I joined the team at Knighton, from Phoenix Foods, when Knighton Foods was formed back in 2014. I now have over 23 years’ experience within the powdered food industry & have enjoyed working in all areas from factory general management to NPD. Currently I head up the Consumer Foods division at Knighton Foods as Business Unit Director, a relatively new role but one which I hope will be as rewarding as it will be challenging. We have a fantastic range of products & processes within the business and just as importantly we have a fabulous team which is a pleasure to be part of.

Lee Millward

Lee Millward

Engineering Manager

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Lee Millward

Lee Millward

Engineering Manager

I have had several roles within an engineering environment over a 26 year period and have enjoyed them all. I have been a practising engineering manager for 12 years. During this time I have been lucky enough to work around the world at such places as the USA and Japan. I Joined Knighton in October 2015 and this is my first role with a food environment and I am enjoying the new challenges that this brings.