Here at Burton’s we have a fantastically talented leadership team with a passion for baking great biscuits

Burtons Biscuit Company is jointly led by Nick Field, CEO and Simon Browne, Managing director. Simon’s focus is the day to day operations of the business including Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing and supply chain. Nick’s focus is the longer-term strategy of the business, working closely with external stakeholders, whilst also holding day to day responsibility for Finance, HR, IS and Procurement. Simon and Nick took over leadership of the business following the divestment of the Cadbury biscuits license to Mondelez in 2016. New Burton’s was born in late 2016 with a single purpose of “baking great biscuits” supported by a clear strategy to focus on our iconic British brands, alongside our commitment to baking the best biscuits for our Retail and Co-Manufacturing partners, as well as securing an agreement with Mars to develop, manufacture and sell Mars biscuits.

Simon Browne
Managing Director
Simon joined Burtons late 2015, his previous experience began at Cadbury in Bournville then moving to Kraft foods and been part of the team that launched Oreo into the UK market. He then spent 6 years with Reckitt Benckiser in European and latterly 3 years in the US business. Simon returned to the UK in a global role for GSK consumer. I am excited to watch our people grow in their confidence and capability and also love to welcome new starters to the Burton’s family.
Nick Field
Chief Executive Officer
I joined Burton’s in 2004 working as a Commercial Finance Manager. I have progressed through several roles within the Finance function and have been afforded fantastic opportunities to further broaden my experience base whilst at Burton’s Biscuits, taking various roles in the wider Commercial team as well. My journey has led me to where I am today – I became CEO in August 2016, where, along with Simon Browne our COO, I am proud to lead this fabulous company. I am excited to watch our people grow in their confidence and capability and also love to welcome new starters to the Burton’s family.
Sarah Spittle
Company Finance Director
Sarah joined the business in 2008, taking on various finance roles before becoming Finance Director in early 2017. She has worked on a number of business strategy projects including the restructure of the business in 2008, the sale of Ontario teachers Pension Plan in 2013 and the sale of the Cadbury licence in 2016. Before her passion for baking biscuits begun, Sarah trained as an accountant with PWC and worked as a finance professional in a number of consumer facing businesses including Whitbread and Threshers, the off licence chain.
Hayley Kingdom
HR Director
Hayley started with Burton’s the first time in 2015 and then returned as HR Director in 2017as she loved the business so much. Hayley has spent all of her career in the Retail and FMCG industry, including HR leadership roles at Tesco Head Office, EasyJet and Dixons. She has a passion for doing the right thing for our teams and making the environment better for all of our 1,600 colleagues – in fact she describes herself as the ‘Director of Fun’!
Kate Needham
Marketing & Insight Director
Kate is our Marketing Director and joined Burton’s in September 2018. Kate started her career in the food industry working as a laboratory analyst for Nestle Rowntree in Halifax and subsequently held roles in product innovation and marketing at Craven Keiller Confectionery, Richmond Ice Cream and latterly Fox’s Biscuits.
Jo Hardwood
Sales Director
I started with Burton’s in 2007 as Senior Business Account Manager. Over the past 10 years I’ve held a number of different roles within the Sales function, and in March 2017, I became Sales Director for the UK and Ireland. I am extremely passionate about building strong partnerships with our customers.
Paul Cooper
Head of Informations Systems
Paul started his career working in clinical diagnostics research & development before heading off to University, after which he joined the Northern Foods Graduate Programme. During his time at Northern, Paul held various roles in operations, latterly he was the Business Systems Director for the Group. After leaving Northern and spending a couple of years with a Technology Consultancy Paul joined Burton’s in 2012 to lead the Information Systems function.
Tim Innocent
Procurement Director
Tim Innocent joined Burtons in March 2017, before embarking on a career in Food and Procurement Tim was a Structural Engineer; since then he has worked in a variety of Procurement roles for Nestlé at both UK and European level and for ABF in the Jordans, Dorset and Ryvita business.
Tim Walker
Director of Customer Supply Chain
Tim joined Burtons in 2014. He started his career as a management trainee in Unilever before spending 18 months working in the US. On his return, he spent time in increasingly broad supply chain roles within Pharmaceuticals, working for Schering Plough, Merck and Co and Actavis.
David Godsmark
Technical Director
David has been with Burton’s for over 9 years, and currently leads the capital investment, R&D, Health & Safety and Quality and Food Safety functions. A Chartered Chemical Engineer by training, David started his career on the management training scheme at Mars in 1988, and spent over 20 years working in various roles in Engineering, Maintenance and Finance across the Mars European network, creating production assets for Twix, Tracker, Skittles, Startburst and completing his CIMA exams in 1997.
Chris Clarke
Factory General Manager
Chris has been with Burton’s for coming up on 16 years. In this time he has held various operational roles across the whole Supply Chain Network. Prior to this Chris spent 11 years with Pladis and started his career way back in 1992 as a Manufacturing Management Trainee. He is currently General Manager for both our Blackpool and Llantarnam sites.
Alan Goldie
Factory General Manager - Edinburgh
Alan joined Burtons early 2015 after 25 years in the dairy industry working for Robert Wiseman Dairies and Muller. After spending 19 years in Production with responsibility for UK sites and supporting Wisemans growth to become the largest liquid milk processor in the UK. He moved into Supply Chain with responsibility for Production, Warehousing and Logistics and a focus on designing and implementing improvement projects across the business.
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