About the Guild of Fine Food
We’ve been championing independent food and drink retailers, and the producers, wholesalers and distributors that supply them, since 1995.
Committed to supporting and encouraging business across the sector, we speak up for the needs of the independents, celebrate excellence and create a network of relationships between retailer, producer and food lover.
There is something for everyone across our range of activities – join us in raising the bar for great food and drink.
About our brands
Guild of Fine Food is the organisation that sits behind Great Taste, World Cheese Awards, and Fine Food Digest.
Meet the team
Those of you who already spend time with us will know that the Guild of Fine Food's activities are many and varied, and the whole team gets involved in pretty much everything we do.
As comfortable answering the phone as presenting to a government panel, JF runs our finely tuned team. In control both financially and operationally, he also contributes monthly to Fine Food Digest, is front of stage at our award ceremonies and represents our sector and membership on various industry groups including the Food & Drink Sector Council, DEFRA’s SME group and the Independent Retail Consortium. He is also rather partial to a radio interview or panel discussion.
Sally began her career with Abbey National in 1994, quickly progressing to management level. She then worked for a niche management consultancy in North Dorset helping small and medium-sized businesses in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset secure grants and management training.
She joined the Guild in 2006 and now heads our sales campaigns across the magazines, exhibitions and events. She is also show director of the Fine Food Show North.
Operations & marketing director
Responsible for the Guild’s business strategy and developing our digital systems, Christabel is instrumental in the efficiency and future planning of the business.
Taking the lead with our marketing and communications strategy, working closely with our PR agency Sharp Relations, she is also instrumental in brand positioning and proposition development.
Special projects director
After reading Business with Languages at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, Tortie began her career in London organising fundraising events for Macmillan Cancer Relief. This led to managing accounts at the advertising and marketing agency Ideas Unlimited. Her accounts included The National Trust, Royal Opera House, MS Society and Macmillan Cancer Relief. Tortie left Ideas as an Account Director in 2002 to move to Dorset.
A director of the business, Tortie works across all Guild activities, including Great Taste, World Cheese Awards, Guild membership and Fine Food Show North.
Michael honed his craft a business journalist covering commercial property, travel and construction for various magazines before joining the Guild of Fine Food and Fine Fine Digest.
Ensuring we bring the latest developments and interesting perspectives from the food & drink industry to our readers, Michael welcomes comment from across the industry.
Always hungry for latest food & drink news, Tani is a key part of the team producing Fine Food Digest and our host of other publications throughout the year. Organised and articulate, she is a major contributor across all our print titles, as well as online. A fluent French-speaker with great chef connections, built up from her years at The Staff Canteen. Tani has recently been studying for her WSET qualifications and is often the voice behind Fine Food Digest drinks focus pages.
Senior sales account manager
Becky looks after our advertisers and event exhibitors. Having been part of the sales team since 2005, she is uniquely well connected to make sure her clients get their products and services in front the right people in our audience.
Senior sales account manager
Jenny recently joined us with a strong sales and publications background. She will help you with getting your business in front of retail buyers and consumers through our publications and events.
Marketing & PR officer
After a previous life as cheesemonger, Jenna’s experience in the speciality food and drink sector combined with her substantial marketing skills make her an excellent addition to the awards & events team. Deftly handling our marketing for both awards schemes, as well as several other projects, and helping to steer our social media output, you’ll often see Jenna at our events snapping a picture or directing our photographers.
Data strategy & insights manager
Coming with data & insight experience built up over a career at some of the UK’s biggest newspapers, plus a more recent immersion into independent food retail and produce growing, makes Lindsay ideally placed as one of the people quietly taking the Guild forward into the next stage of our development.
Lindsay helps us better understand our audiences, ensuring we can deliver the most useful range of activities for all the people and businesses that we interact with.
Claire masterminds the coordination and safe delivery of all entries into our award schemes. She also builds & manages the relationships with our many international partners for Great Taste and World Cheese Awards, including the worldwide consolidation points.
A great problem-solver, she is calmly efficient in managing a number of projects, including looking after some of our larger retailers and improving our entry and results processes year to year.
Operations & events coordinator
Zara transfers her substantial skills built up in the healthcare publishing sector to our events and awards schemes. Part of the operations team, she skillfully project manages the event operations at some of our flagship events, in particular the Great Taste Golden Forks and World Cheese Awards.
Sepi is likely to be the first person to welcome you if you’re joining us for Great Taste judging at No. 42 in London and will be sure to make you instantly feel at ease and part of the team.
She plays a key role in recruiting our judging panels for Great Taste and World Cheese Awards, as well as running No. 42 as a venue for other events.
Part of our operations team in Gillingham, Chris will be one your first points of call if you contact us by phone or email. Also responsible for helping with the mammoth task of sorting products into judging sessions behind the scenes, ensuring that stored and delivered to judges in top condition for tasting. Chris also loves finding new producers who are interested in entering Great Taste and World Cheese Awards.
Customer service assistant
Your first point of contact when you ring the Guild or email for advice or help with award entries. Chloë also plays a key role in the administration behind both of our awards schemes, as well as coordinating the travel and hotel arrangements for Great Taste judges coming to Dorset. A budding photographer, Chloë also assists with capturing content for our social media channels.
Engagement & sales support assistant
With a hands-on experience of working in a deli for over 10 years, Nick knows the day-to-day of many of our retailers first-hand. He will endeavour to ensure retailers are taking full advantage of their Guild membership and the services we offer to provide support for their business, as well as building on our community of retail members.
A most tenacious and polite account assistant, Julie is our chaser of money (we all need them, please be kind to her). She is also one of our longest serving team members.
Responsible for design on our publications and promotional artwork, Mark started his graphics journey in music magazines, record labels, branding and packaging design and at BBC Worldwide.
If you’re sending in an advert for one of our magazines, Mark works closely with the sales team to execute the magazine layouts and place your artwork.
He gets his creative inspiration while cycling through the rural lanes of Dorset & Wiltshire.
Never one to miss a story or photo opportunity, Emma manages our social media channels with aplomb. Following all our Guild events – sometimes in person and sometimes behind the scenes, Emma’s thumbs are working overtime to ensure not a moment or comment is missed.
PR & press office
Sharp Relations run the press office for the Guild of Fine Food, supporting PR and communications for all our activities, including Great Taste and World Cheese Awards.
They are your first point of call for any image or comment requests from the Guild of Fine Food team. Working closely with our marketing and social media team, the friendly team at Sharp help us get the message about well-made food & drink, and the people who produce it, out to those who sell it, make it and enjoy it.
The man with a calculator who keeps a watchful eye on our management accounts. Ashley has a wealth of experience that he brings to the Guild of Fine Food and ensures we all stay on track.
A good man to know, Stephen not only ensures we are all paid on time, but also keeps his hand on the facilities tiller at the Guild.
Our founder and chairman, without whom the Guild of Fine Food would not exist, has dedicated 40 years to the food & drink industry (longer if you include his first job at 13 in Shaftesbury’s finest grocery store!). Bob’s hard work, good ideas and contribution is much more than to just our organisation, it is to the entire food & drink trade in the UK and beyond.
Opportunities with the Guild of Fine Food
We’re a small and growing business with a brilliant team who work across a broad range of activities. We welcome interest from experienced, hard-working and friendly people who might be keen to join our team. At the moment, we have no open positions, but if you have an interest in working with us, please email your CV to [email protected], giving a few details about yourself and what you’re looking for, and we will get back to you if anything relevant becomes available.
Every year, we recruit for temporary team members to help us run Great Taste in both Dorset and London. Recruitment usually takes place in December/January, with seasonal work available between March and June.
At the Guild of Fine Food, we are committed to creating an open and inclusive working environment. We want to offer equal opportunities for all and encourage applications from all – regardless of ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, age or disability.
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