International Women’s Day reminds us of the duty we have has a society to press for progress of gender parity. The press-for-progress movement looks to unite people in this mindset by encouraging and motivating individuals to be gender inclusive. In light of this call-to-action, which is highlighted by International Women’s Day, we at Meatsnacks Group are celebrating the skilled professionalism the women within our company demonstrate in their working environment. We have are highlighting some of the women within the business that exhibit strong leadership skills and expertise, and they all ultimately add value to us as a business.
Let’s go ahead and introduce you to some of these women…
Clare Harding, Technical Director. I am responsible for all things Technical and compliance based including H&S and Meatsnacks Ethical status.
I have worked in the meat industry since I was a teenager! I studied Meat hygiene inspection at Manchester University in 1996 to gain a position working for the FSA in slaughter houses and cutting plants; I love pathology and learning to identify disease in the food animal pre and post mortem was very interesting.
I have worked in industry in fresh and cooked meats in and around Milton Keynes, more recently I have worked for Cranswick and Deli24 – innovators of High Pressure Processing.
My key attributes are that I am an honest and trustworthy team player. I am determined, tenacious and prefer a simplistic approach to compliance that empowers the team to follow procedures and maximise their potential.
I have worked hard over the years, studying and gaining new roles through commitment and dedication to the companies I have worked for. I believe this is my success story as I am now heading up Technical at Meatsnacks Group. I believe that with the help of my site teams we can continually improve our systems and compliance.
I am married with two grown up step children; I am a big softy when it comes to animals and currently have 4 horses, 6 chickens and 2 dogs. My husband and I are avid National Hunt horse racing fans with a share in a local trainer’s syndicate horse; we are also members of Cheltenham racecourse and spend the winter months soaking up the atmosphere at the home of Jump racing.
I also love team chasing and regularly attend the local events with my besties, picnicking in the spring and autumn months usually includes a hot toddy, cheese and Jerky!!
Jennifer Macdonald-Nethercott, Marketing Manager. I create and manage the company’s marketing and communications strategy and plans.
With over 17 years marketing and communications experience and a Chartered Marketer, I have worked in a variety of sectors including hospitality, tourism and automotive and now have over 2 years’ experience in FMCG.
My key attributes are that I am determined, organised and pay attention to detail. With the Meatsnacks Group I have overseen the company grow its communications and marketing function to maximise on the opportunities around the growing protein trend. Recently I was in charge of the re-branding of our Wild West and Cruga Biltong brands and these launched in the autumn of 2017.
I am married with two children and we spend our time exploring Scotland in our motor home, there’s lots of quiet sandy beaches to enjoy and mountain bike trails to discover.
Zoë Howarth, Group Technical Manager (Scotland). I manage food safety, compliance and product quality for the Forres site producing beef, chicken and pork jerky and the Grantown site producing salmon Jerky.
With over 10 years experience working in a food manufacturing environment in a Technical role, I have experience with bakery, seafood and meat products and have worked for big brands such as Warburtons and Soreen.
My key attributes are that I am passionate, determined and well organised.
With Meatsnacks Group my team have achieved brilliant unannounced customer and third-party audit scores.
I am married with two dogs and relocating to the Highlands was always a dream of ours. We spend our time walking the moor with our dogs or trout fishing, there is lots to do outside in the Highlands.
I love listening to music and I am a huge Madonna fan and collect lots of memorabilia!
Indra Peca, Production Manager. Planning, coordination and control of the manufacturing process at the Grantown-on-Spey site.
I have nearly 10 years’ experience in a food manufacturing environment in the UK, and previously worked in furniture manufacturing in Latvia, where I was M of a Painting Department for 5 years. With the Meatsnacks Group, I manage a team of factory operatives, whilst planning and organising the production of salmon jerky.
My key attributes are that I am methodical, organised and a keen learner. I moved to the UK from Latvia knowing very little English, and I have worked very hard to be at
When I’m not working, I enjoy driving in my car around the Scottish Highlands, visiting castles and landmarks. I also enjoy spending time with my family and looking after my two granddaughters.
Although we have highlighted Clare, Jennifer, Zoe and Indra there are many women working through out our business that have contributed to the success of the Meatsnacks Group from inside the factory to finance, new product development to sales they are an integral part of our business and its future.
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