Meet the faces behind DY

The whole team here at Deliciouslyorkshire is committed to supporting our membership and championing Yorkshire food and drink in every way possible.

Meet the team and the board of directors behind the deliciouslyorkshire brand…

The DY Board – is made up of volunteers from a number of Yorkshire food and drink businesses who are elected to represent our members and give them a voice when it comes to making those important decisions.

Allison Kane

Business Development Manager

Email: allisonk@deliciouslyorkshire.co.uk

Telephone: 01423 546200

Allison joined the team at Deliciouslyorkshire in October 2016 and will focus primarily on membership development and strategic partnerships. Allison has a strong commercial background having recently returned to the UK after 13 years running a successful Business Development, Partnership and Membership Marketing, Business Consulting, Representation and Digital Marketing comapny in Dubai. Her extensive experience gives her a great insight and understanding into the challenges and opportunities of running a SME.  Prior to this she held a range of operational and commercial roles at both American Express and Thomas Cook. Allison’s experience and skill in identifying business and revenue development opportunities and finding creative ways to build and add value will be a great asset to DY and our members and allow her to indulge in all the things she is passionate about – great local food, Yorkshire and business development.

Helen Miles

Marketing and Media Manager

Email: helenm@deliciouslyorkshire.co.uk

Telephone: 01423 546172

Helen joined the deliciouslyorkshire team as Marketing and Media Manager in June 2015, having previously worked in marketing and events roles for XLVets and the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers. Helen brings with her a wealth of marketing knowledge gained from her experience in PR, event management, social media and web marketing along with a huge enthusiasm for all things Yorkshire and all things food!

Ed Cartwright

Swillington Organic Farm

Ed actively promotes and champions Yorkshire food and drink, he currently writes a local food column for a Leeds magazine and was the founder and president of the Leeds University Food Society where he led a team which promoted local producers and restaurants to the student community, the society is now entering its fourth year with a growing membership. In addition to his work with his family business Swillington Organic Farm, Ed also works with a Yorkshire based business consultancy firm helping b2b and b2c companies, including DY members, with their marketing and business development. He currently serves as a parish councilor for Swillington and his highlights of the last year have been Swillington Organic Farm's success at the deliciouslyorkshire awards and meeting Jamie Oliver when he visited the farm for his latest TV series.

Sarah Puckett

Puckett's Pickles

Sarah was born in Devon to a seafaring family. She grew up in Scotland and spent some of her childhood on an Aberdeen Angus Farm in Perthshire. Between Devon and Perthshire she has learnt the value of British Produce whether they be Farmers, Fishermen or local Producers. “My Mother taught me the importance of local food, and to demand the very best—not just from ingredients and suppliers but from myself, too. She always taught us to give thanks for the food on our plates” Sarah worked for Pret A Manger for 15 years so saw it grow from a small London company to the hugely successful International Brand it is today. She achieved many things from: opening the first Pret in New York; to delivering sandwiches to Buckingham Palace; to running Pret Operations for the North of England. Whilst at Pret Sarah took 3 months off and sailed around Great Britain in order to achieve her Yachtmasters Certificate. Not one to sit back and relax Sarah decided to leave Pret and set up Puckett’s Pickles. Using everything she has learnt to celebrate glorious Yorkshire produce. Sarah brings a fresh and different view point from working with such a dynamic and exuberant brand. Sarah’s drive and tenacity will support the Deliciouslyorkshire Board.

Adam Palmer

Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil

Yorkshire born and bred, Adam started in business when he took over his Grandpa’s farm suddenly, aged 19. Now married and a dad, he runs three businesses – Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil (with wife Jennie), Six Valley Lamb (with college friend Peter Caley) and in any spare time that is left continues to run the farming business which consists of a 300 acre mixed livestock and arable farm. Adam understands the challenges that face all the members and welcomes the opportunity to bring the benefits of his youth, passion and experience to the Deliciouslyorkshire Board

Judy Bell MBE

Owner - Shepherds Purse Cheeses Ltd and Chair of deliciouslyorkshire

Founder & CEO of Shepherds Purse Cheeses Ltd – a family run business, supplying all the major supermarkets, independent retailers as well as some of the most prestigious restaurants, regionally and nationally.

Judy first became involved in the ‘Yorkshire Pantry’ during the very early days of setting up Shepherds Purse and found it to be a lifeline for start-up businesses – her business benefitted tremendously from their membership. She has been a Board member on and off since 1989 and remains committed to the network and the value that it brings to all of our members.