Over the last 30 years Mark has lived and worked in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In his career he has worked with many blue chip companies such as Mars, United Biscuits, Huhtamaki, Fonterra and GrainCorp. Originally from a sales and marketing background, Mark has developed into general management and considers every new role a fantastic learning opportunity.
“Leading GWF’s Baking business in NZ offers amazing potential with great brands, a superb operational platform and an incredible team” says Mark.
“One of the things I missed the most when I lived overseas was the great Kiwi pie. Big Ben® is my favorites and for Friday lunches I’ll often have a cheeky XXL Butter Chicken or XXL El Mexicano to satisfy my cravings.”
General Manager Finance
David has over 23 years of FMCG experience. First working for 15 years with United Biscuits in the UK across a wide variety of roles. In 2010 David joined Associated British Foods (ABF) in the UK as Head of Commercial Finance for Allied Bakeries. As ABF is a decentralised global business, David was able to expand his Career and stay within the ABF network while achieving his ambition of a global move. In 2011 David relocated to Australia joining George Weston Foods Australia, in the Tip Top® Division as Operation Finance Manager.
In 2014 an opportunity arose for David to transfer to George Weston Foods NZ, Baking Division where he took the role of General Manager Finance joining the New Zealand Executive Leadership Team.
“I love our Tip Top® Torpedo rolls as they remind me of summer. They are fantastic for the family BBQ, sausage sizzle or just for a picnic on the Beach.”
General Manager Marketing & Innovation
Victoria has over 15 years of marketing experience of turning categories around and delivering share increases and profit gains within financial services, FMCG and the entertainment industry. Victoria has lead the development of brands such as KPMG, Edmonds, Paul Newman’s Own and TAB with majority of her experience working for Goodman Fielder for nine years on both sides of the Tasman.
Victoria has a Bachelor of Business with Honours and whilst living in Sydney, Victoria was selected for one of 30 spots by the Marketing Academy of Australia from over 300 nominations.
“I love the Ploughmans® Bakery range of products as they have amazing textures and taste delicious. It is so versatile and satisfies the whole family, a loaf doesn’t last long in our house.”
General Manager Sales
Geoff began his FMCG career with Unilever in 1996 and advanced through various senior sales positions within the Nestle group, including a 6-year stint as Global Director of Customer and Category Development in the United States.
“My favourite bread is Tip Top® Oatilicious because it tastes great and is packed with nutrients”
People and Performance Manager
Bridget has spent the last 20 years helping companies in New Zealand and the United Kingdom source and develop the best talent to build dynamic teams that achieve results. Bridget loves a challenge and has forged an illustrious career across several diverse industries including, health, IT and entertainment and by joining GWF, FMCG. Bridget enjoys the dynamic and fast paced nature of FMCG and the passion the team have, for bringing great products to consumers!
“Bürgen® Ancient Grains is my ‘go-to’ for a great start to the day. I love to top my Bürgen® with either smashed avocado or a couple of perfectly poached eggs. It’s satisfying to know something that tastes so good delivers the energy I need for an active lifestyle.”
National Health, Safety and Environment Manager
Sue has over 25 years of HSE experience in Manufacturing, Dairy, Electrical Supply and Baking with leading businesses in New Zealand and Australia. Fonterra, Western Power and George Weston Foods. With a background in Occupational Health Sue has also worked as an Occupational Health consultant across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty area.
Sue has a strong commitment to improving Health and Safety for all, through leadership, sharing of knowledge and collaboration, utilising the skills of the shop floor teams to identify and control risks to people at work.
“Bürgen® Soy & Linseed is a delicious seedy bread, which is packed full of flavour. There is nothing more enjoyable for me than having Bürgen® toasted to golden brown perfection, with a generous spreading of butter and smothered in Manuka honey.”