Sleaford Quality Foods’ growth plan boosted by senior finance hire

Alan Thomas

Sleaford Quality Foods, the Lincolnshire-based ingredients supplier to the food industry, has taken a significant step towards realising its growth plans after appointing Alan Thomas as Group Head of Finance.

Alan will play a vital role in Sleaford Quality Foods’ ambitious growth plans by the end of its 2020/21 financial year. He brings with him vast experience of food industry finance after spending more than 15 years firstly as Head of Finance at Bakkavor before moving to become Finance Manager at PepsiCo in Leicester and then Finance Director at Walkers Midshire Foods – part of Samworth Brothers.

Alan says one of the reasons he joined Sleaford Quality Foods was because its growth ambitions, and the desire to work with Managing Director James Arnold.

“James as an MD is an engaging person to work alongside,” said Alan. He added: “The expansion plans that he outlined to me were exciting and we’re now busy putting plans into place for the next four years to achieve our targets. There are huge opportunities for the company to add to its foodservice and manufacturing channels and to expand into the retail sector. It’s an exciting time to be working here.”

James Arnold, Managing Director, said: “It’s great to have Alan on board for what will be a period of rapid growth for Sleaford Quality Foods – and he will play an integral role in that. Alan’s strategic vision capabilities will be vital as we look to grow into different markets. His focus on the performance of our business will go a long way to ensuring we meet our turnover growth targets by the end of 2021.”