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John Farrand

It was probably the force-feeding of obscure foods – especially cheese – during his childhood that compelled John to study Agriculture & Food Industry Management at Wye College, University of London. This oddly named but all-encompassing course covered farming and production as well as sales and marketing. But it proved to be the perfect grounding […]

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Tortie Farrand

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 […]

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Bob Farrand

Now gently resting most of the time, our founders teed the whole thing up. Without them there would be no Fine Food Digest, no Great Taste, no World Cheese Awards, no training courses and no Guild shows. With a huge amount of hard work and some damn good ideas over 40 years, their contribution is […]

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Linda Farrand

Now gently resting most of the time, our founders teed the whole thing up. Without them there would be no Fine Food Digest, no Great Taste, no World Cheese Awards, no training courses and no Guild shows. With a huge amount of hard work and some damn good ideas over 40 years, their contribution is […]

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Michael Lane

Michael relocated to the West Country and joined the Guild in 2011 after working as a business journalist, covering commercial property, travel and construction for various magazines in London. Although the food industry is a mellower environment, he still finds time to unleash his ire on misplaced punctuation and shoddy press releases during the day-to-day […]

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Mark Windsor

Whether it’s designing our publications, creating promotional artwork or fixing the website, Mark is the man behind all things graphic at the Guild. He joined the Guild in 2008 after a 20+ year design career taking in music magazines, record labels, branding and packaging design and art editor at BBC Worldwide. He gets his creative […]

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Sally Coley

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, […]

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Ruth Debnam

Never short of a tune or a laugh since she started at the Guild in 2013, Ruth supports Sally on all things sales across our portfolio of magazines, exhibitions and shows. Meet the team

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Becky Haskett

A keen snowboarder and motorcyclist, Becky also holds the trophy for longest-serving employee at the Guild – she has been a stalwart of the sales team since 2005. Meet the team

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Sam Coleman

Sam says she wouldn’t be able to survive without cheese and wine. Despite being a qualified sports therapist, this love of food and her chatterbox tendencies have won out and led her to join the Guild as the newest member of the sales team. Meet the team

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Christabel Cairns

She joined in 2016, to oversee the delivery of the World Cheese Awards in San Sebastian, and Christabel has been making things run efficiently ever since. As operations director, she is responsible for developing IT systems and overall business strategy – not to mention masterminding the Guild’s latest international cheese adventure. Meet the team

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Karen Price

Karen heads up our membership team and is your first point of contact as a member or an interested producer or retailer wanting to find out more.  She also manages our circulation and is hugely experienced in the enormous logistics behind Great Taste and the World Cheese Awards. A hawk-eyed proofreader, Karen knows the operations […]

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Claire Powell

Specialist subject: spreadsheets. Coming from an administrative and accounting background, Claire is a key part of the organisation behind Great Taste and World Cheese. Specifically looking after some of our larger retailers, as well as working on product scheduling with the wider operations team, she is calmly efficient in managing a number of projects. Meet […]

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Stephanie Hare-Winton

Originally from Melbourne, Steph came to London from the Yarra Valley in 2012. After stints with Trinity in Clapham and Ottolenghi, she brought her considerable food and hospitality experience – not to mention a love of natural wine – to the Guild in 2017. As well as managing No. 42’s event space and running front […]

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Meredith White

Merry has experience in managing a range clients in various industries which, combined with a keen interest in cuisines and ingredients, is now being put to good use on the Guild’s ops team. Often your first point of contact if you get in touch with us by phone or email, Merry is very involved in […]

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Sophie Brentnall

Seeking a career in food and drink, Sophie swapped her native Derbyshire for London in 2019. Working with Steph at No. 42, she gets involved with events and venue hire, Great Taste and Fine Food Show North. Across the wider business, Sophie supports our digital marketing and communications. When the weekend comes, you will find […]

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Stephen Guppy

The man with a calculator. Stephen not only ensures the management accounts stack up but also keeps his hand on the facilities and HR tiller at Guild House. Meet the team

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Denise Ballance

Goodness only knows how Denise manages the thousands of transactions, but she does. Wonderfully calm and systems driven, she ensures our accounts have never been tidier. Meet the team

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Julie Coates

Also vying for that long service award, Julie has seen it all at the Guild. She started life here as an accounts exec, moved to operations and then back into the numbers game. Julie is our tenacious, but extremely polite, chaser of money (we all need them). Meet the team

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