Our people are integral to our success

Our people are what makes our company and our food so appealing. Their dedication and diligence ensures we’re providing the best service and food products that we possibly can.

A wide range of roles make up the SK team, from chefs and planners to food operatives and finance managers and many more. The people together collaborate to make a winning team that’s thorough, passionate and successful.

At SK Foods we’re proud to invest in the development of our staff, often promoting from within allowing them to progress. There is always something new to learn and we encourage our team to grow in their roles and gain as much knowledge as they can about the industry.

Our executive team

Paul Clarkson - SK Foods

Paul Clarkson

Technical Director

Paul is SK’s Technical Director. He looks after the food safety and food quality. His team spans all three SK sites. The Central Technical team at Wynyard look after raw materials assurance, quality assurance and suppliers. The Quality Assurance teams at each production sites work in shifts, ensuring quality and safety. They make sure hygiene is a main...

Derek Hodgson - SK Foods

Derek Hodgson

Finance Director

Derek has a head for figures, and that’s pretty important in his role as Finance Director. He is in charge of publishing the accounts, paying the bills, paying employees and also collecting payment from our customers. Derek has seen many changes in the nine years he has been here SK and he has certainly been kept busy as...

Benna Davis - SK Foods

Benna Davis

Head of Product Development

Benna is Head of Product Development, which she refers to as the WD40 of SK! By this, she means she’s responsible for innovating and working with individual customers or potential customers to make sure we’re meeting their needs and that everything runs smoothly. She does this alongside a team of chefs, NPD managers and food technologists, developing delicious...

Peter Simpson - SK Foods

Peter Simpson

Supply Chain Controller

Our supply chain controller, Peter, is modest; claiming to ‘only move cardboard boxes’! Although in a nutshell he is responsible for making sure our customers get their food in the correct quantities and on time and that is no mean feat! Peter has been doing this challenging role for 15 years and it remains interesting because of the...

Majander Singh (Billa) - SK Foods

Majander Singh (Billa)

Senior Production Manager

As Senior Production Manager, Billa takes care of our two production sites, making sure SK is hitting (and often exceeding) its targets for quality and efficiency. One of his main roles is to co-ordinate Christmas output to make sure products are made in time – and things do get very busy! Billa has been here for 20 years...

Ann Pearce - SK Foods

Ann Pearce

Administration Co-ordinator

For over 15 years Ann has been looking after, well, everyone! Ann’s role is quite diverse, originally starting as a PA to the MD and expanding over the years, giving her the opportunity to work across many departments. Ann is the first point of contact for many at SK and who we all go to for advice and...

Our chefs

Sean Flint

Executive Chef

Sean’s not a name dropper, but he’s got plenty of high profile ‘celebrity’ chefs on his CV that he can call mentors with many a Michelin star to their names. This includes Gordon Ramsey, Mark Sargeant at Claridges and Marcus Wareing at Petrus. He even managed to cook once for his favourite chef; Thomas Keller of the French...

Jane Beesley - Chef at SK Foods

Jane Beesley

Senior Sous Chef

Jane is our longest-serving chef. She knows exactly what our customers want and how to deliver it. She’s got tonnes of practical experience in creating tastes and flavours that everyone can enjoy. She loves good, honest cooking and knows a lot about food processing methods, functional ingredients, savoury pastry and flavour pairing. She’s been working with food since...

Jack Hunter

Jack Hunter

Sous Chef

Jack worked under the acclaimed chef Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles Hotel and previously owned and run his own restaurant in his home town of Hartlepool His passion for food started when he was very young, cooking the Christmas meal for his family at the tender age of 8. He says he enjoys the work/life balance being a development...

Oliver Parkinson - Chef at SK Foods

Ollie Parkinson

Sous Chef

Oliver’s background is in food technology and food development, so after years working in restaurants he says it feels like coming home. Ollie can boast The Queen as the most prestigious person he has cooked for and he’s also experienced the rock and roll lifestyle supporting singer David Gray on European tours! Ollie gained his BSc in Food...