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Who We Are

Richard Taylor
Managing Director

Richard, as Managing Director, takes active interest in all aspects of the business driving the business forward without compromise to quality.

Richard has been working in the industry since childhood. Learning butchery at the family retail shop as 3rd generation butcher was a given but Richard’s passion for livestock was fostered working on the family farm at Brinsley.

There he learnt all about cattle and regularly went to market with his grandfather and father to buy livestock. Richard joined the Young farmers Club where his competitive spirit took him to represent Derbyshire at the national judging finals at Smithfield. Due to family circumstances Richard left school at age 16 to become heavily involved in the business.

On day one of commencing full time Owen Taylors lost their wholesale contracts which were the mainstay of the business at that time. Richard used his expertise gained from farming and butchery to build the wholesale and retail business up to a stable position then transformed it to the catering butchery concern it is today.

His customer focussed approach is dispersed across the business and through all levels achieving a dynamic throughput consistent with the company’s values and standards.

Jane Taylor
General Manager

Jane, as General Manager is one of the key drivers of strategic change Jane ensures the right people and right systems are in the right place to achieve the corporate goals.

Jane joined her husband in 1997 to help lead Owen Taylor & Sons into a new era. Jane’s predominant aim was to ensure the company continued the same philosophy but prepare to change to do it better and smarter.

Prior to Owen Taylors Jane had studied biology at Nottingham Trent University and Medical Microbiology at Sheffield University. Jane had worked in key roles in large organisations initially working as a microbiologist for the NHS, then The Boots Company and latterly Severn Trent Water.

Bringing professional standards and microbiological understanding from these corporations one of Jane’s first tasks was to revamp the food safety systems in place to ensure adherence to regulation and to excel in unregulated areas.

Jane, as General Manager has been a key driver of change ensuring the essential values were maintained during periods of increased growth.  

John Lupton
Sales and Marketing Manager

John, as Sales and Marketing Manager Heads up the sales, sales admin and driving teams to ensure customer are given the level of service that defines Owen Taylor.    

John is a stalwart of the catering trade amassing over 36 years in the industry. Whilst training as a chef John gained extensive city and guilds qualifications at West Nottinghamshire College.

He extended his passion for catering into his hobbies including stimulating training with the Officer Training Corps. After several years working the circuit of hotels in Nottingham John became the Area Catering Officer for British Coal obtaining Teacher Training Qualifications with the Hotel and Catering Industrial Training Board.

On British Coal’s demise he made the leap from customer to supplier taking with him essential first-hand experience that has helped bring customer focus to the forefront for the companies he has worked for.

John has served over 14 years with Owen Taylor’s and his passion for providing quality, value and service to customers has continued and disseminated amongst his sales and delivery staff.  

Chris Gillott
Factory Manager

Chris, co-manages the factory of over 80 staff to deliver a vast product range with extensive tailored specifications.

Chris’ primary focus is the input of raw materials, maintaining quality staff craftsmanship through butchery and manufacture, costing products and introducing new working procedures and equipment.

Chris’ butchery experience is one the most comprehensive in the trade. Starting at the age of 12 working Saturdays for his father’s family butchers, Chris had mastered most of shop butchery by his mid-teens. When he was 16 he completed a three year YTS course in one year and by 17 he owned and ran his own successful independent butchers shop which was (and is) an outstanding achievement.

By 19 years old Chris had diversified his skills and became a fully qualified slaughterman. After working as a contract slaughterer for many years Chris was lured by Richard Taylor into permanent work as a primal butcher in the factory then changing roles to a catering butcher.

Chris’s tenure with Owen Taylors’ has exceeded 16 years and has included promotions to Catering Supervisor then Production Manager culminating in his role as Factory Manager for over half a decade overseeing a factory enjoying a period of sustained growth.

Carl Evans
Operations Manager

Carl, co-manages the factory of over 80 staff to deliver continuous operational improvement.

Carl’s primary focus is the administration of processes and resources and the introduction and integration of new systems and mechanisms designed for business improvement.

Carl achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Engineering before becoming a Quality Inspector for a Derby based Electronics firm. This role took Carl across the UK carrying out radio-based surveys, installations and maintenance on equipment in many academic, government and public buildings.

Having successfully proven himself in the field Carl gained promotion holding the position of Operations Manager for four years with the responsibility for all post-sale activities.

During this time Carl completed a Master’s degree in Business Administration which helped gain transferable skills encouraging him to further his career and step into a challenging new role in a completely different industry.

Carl is relishing the latest projects modernising the systems that are the backbone of the company’s operations.  

Chris Green
Accounts Manager

Chris manages the Financial Department and is responsible for the compilation of monthly management figures as well as serving as a member of the Senior Management Team.

Chris joined Owen Taylor in November 1999 with the predominant task of installing a fully integrated computer system to complement the existing Sales Order Processing system.

Chris had an initial grounding in banking and gained a HNC in Economics and Accountancy and has recently completed exams in Executive Diploma Management.  Having developed sound accounting skills Chris spent the next 20 years progressing through the ranks in companies within the plastics industry.

After initial roles as Accounts Manager and Company Auditor Chris used her transferable skills and experience to gain promotion to Commercial Manager for a substantial Plc Company which involved traveling to various units throughout the UK before making the decision to return to the more local base of Owen Taylors.

Clair Channer
HR and Office Manager

Clair has worked within an office environment for over 16 years. After finishing college she initially worked within the construction industry achieving 2, level 3 NVQ’s in customer service and business administration.

She obtained valuable knowledge in all aspects of the office environment and was promoted to the office coordinator. Clair then moved into the catering industry by joining Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd where she has been for over 13 years.

Working within the sales team she gained the knowledge of the product range that the Company offers. Clair used this experience in training of new staff and with her organisational skills was promoted to the office supervisor.

The company further recognised Clair’s people skills and driven attitude and successfully taking opportunities where given became the Office and HR manager. The Company recently sponsored Clair to gain a postgraduate CIPD diploma in Human Resource Management where she studied at the University of Derby.

Clair works alongside the Senior Management Team to ensure that policies and procedures are up to date and the Company is compliant in all aspects of Employment law. Her main area of interest is employee relations and employee engagement which she practices on a daily basis within the Company.

Clair has witnessed the continued growth of the Company and maintains that human capital is vital in creating its competitive advantage.

Lee Gould
Food Safety Manager

Lee is the Food Safety Manager and his main responsibility is to ensure the daily maintenance of the HACCP system and safety procedures are implemented throughout the factory and retail shop.

Other responsibilities include involvement with the Health and Safety team and representatives.

Lee has been working in the catering trade for years initially working as a chef in several pubs and restaurants within the region. As Lee became more experienced in the essential functions behind catering he found he had a genuine interest in the food safety aspects of his Chefs duties.

He took his interest to the next level by becoming an NVQ assessor in catering and successfully read for a BSc Honours Degree in Public Health with speciality in Environmental Health. On completing his degree Lee joined Owen Taylor having known about the company previously as a customer when he was a Chef.

Lee maintains an active interest in current and future food safety issues within the industry and is studying to become a chartered practitioner in Environmental Health. Lee’s up to date training is being applied to continue the company’s excellent food safety and health and safety record.  

Paul Swain
Shop Manager

Paul has been proving popular with customers heading up Owen Taylor’s retail shop since early 2013.

He has brought his own flair of creative display, flavours and product ideas with one of the greatest larders in the business behind him.

Paul has been a butcher for over 30 years primarily working and specialising in retail butchery. Paul is classically trained and can produce any quality traditional cut but has an interest in new ideas and flavours which he gained whilst working in Bermuda’s most premiere supermarket for 15 years.

He has a very rounded understanding of the industry having spent two years in whole sale and one year providing relief cover for seven farm shops across the midlands.

Nigel Winn
Area Sales Executive

Nigel looks after customers as a sales executive covering the area approximately east of the M1.

Nigel has been a sales executive at Owen Taylors for over six years coinciding with the company’s exceptional growth curve. Nigel has been in the catering industry for almost 30 years with a great foundation starting with catering in the armed forces.

As well as the basic then more advanced chef skills the military background provided a platform for Nigel to develop organisational, motivational and communication skills. These skills were drawn upon as Nigel moved into civilian organisations including contract catering for prisons and then Education.

By 2000 having proven himself as Facilities Manager at a large independent boarding school was promoted to Area Executive running a series of school and college contracts in Nottingham and Birmingham.

The years just preceding joining Owen Taylors Nigel worked for a family business in Derbyshire opening a brand new restaurant in Derby followed by a refurbishment of a restaurant at Chatsworth.

Dale Braithwait
Area Sales Executive

Dale looks after customers as a sales executive covering the area approximately west of the M1.

Since joining the Company in 2012, Dale was employed in our sales admin team until 2016 where he was awarded a deserved promotion to Area Sales Executive. During his time at the Company he has acquired valuable knowledge in relation to our customers and their requirements. He has built a relationship with all aspects of the business and as such he can offer extensive product knowledge as well as excellent customer service.
Prior to joining the Company Dale worked in other customer service roles and at the age of 19 was asked to join the ‘stepping into management’ course where he achieved further insights into the world of retail. He then went on to work abroad in a similar role where he once again excelled.

Dale has brought a wealth of people skills to the Company along with his self-disciplined and structured approach.  

Jon Creed
Sales Executive

Jon looks after customers as a sales executive covering the areas of North-East Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

He has worked at the Company since 2012 initially as a delivery driver before moving into sales in 2014. From leaving school Jon had been keen on joining the industry. He attended Buxton College for 3 years, successfully completing a City & Guilds qualification in Hotel and Catering.

He then completed intense training in classic French cuisine working in several pubs and restaurants which provided him with practical invaluable knowledge in the catering industry. Progressing to head chef position, with Jon’s natural customer focus, he went on to own two pubs, which although demanding, provided him with experience in all aspects of the catering trade.

Having joined the Company working as a driver, Jon gained an insight into the Company at a time of extreme growth. The obvious transition with his knowledge and experience of over 25 years in the industry, he was to become part of our sales team. He is dedicated in his role to achieve the best results for our customers.

Dawn Hendy
Customer Care Executive

Dawn is the Customer Care Executive and addresses any customer issues on a daily basis as well as working with other managers to address longer term improvements to customer service.

Dawn has worked on the customer facing side of Owen Taylor’s for over 12 years which has worked to mutual benefit as she has always been very customer focused.

Coming from previous supermarket and delivery backgrounds, Dawn started out at Owen Taylor’s as a delivery driver. Dawn took to the role exceptionally well finding a good rapport with the customers.

After 4 years Dawn changed her job role to work in sales administration for a further three years. With all this wealth of knowledge and with Dawn being so driven she was promoted to become a Sales Executive giving her more time to spend with customers.

After a further few years the company had expanded such that it had a requirement for a Customer Care Executive to look after post order customer activities and so Dawn was offered the role of which she now committed.