Meet the Team

Food manufacturing recruitment specialists

  • Chris Trudgian food recruitment
    Chris Trudgian
    Managing Director
  • Nicola Richardson food recruitment
    Nicola Richardson
    Principal Consultant – NPD & Development
  • Nick Crocker food recruitment
    Nick Crocker
    Senior Consultant – Quality & Technical
  • Joseph Harrap food recruitment
    Joseph Harrap
    Senior Consultant – Technical & Development
  • Scarlett MacLean
    Senior Consultant – Quality, Technical & Hygiene
  • Oliver Duffen
    Consultant – Production & Operations
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Chris Trudgian food recruitment

Chris Trudgian

Managing Director

Chris is the founder of Zest Solutions & the Zest Foundation. He set the business up with one key vision – to be the leading food recruitment business in the UK for our clients, candidates and colleagues. This is being realised through outstanding customer service for both clients and candidates alike and delivering ongoing training and development for our colleagues within a fun, results focussed working environment. Something that has already resulted in Zest winning a national award for Outstanding Employee Engagement and being a finalist in three further categories. Chris also enjoys a charity challenge – he has finished four half marathons and with a love of cycling he has most recently smashed Lands End to John O’Groats in 2015, camping along the way.

Favourite food and drink: Loves a beer or glass of Sauvignon Blanc with a great BBQ or a Charlie Bigham’s Chicken Tikka Masala

Favourite morning smoothie: Blueberries, bananas, raspberries, spinach, ginger and coconut water

Nicola Richardson food recruitment

Nicola Richardson

Principal Consultant – NPD & Development

Prior to joining Zest, Nicola had set up her own business (with her now husband) as a bit of a ‘modern day Del Boy’. After deciding to put her salvage hunting days behind her, Nicola joined Zest in 2009. Seven years on and she still has an eye for that hidden gem. Nicola now heads up one of the longest standing & most successful NPD desks in the UK food industry. Recruitment is still very much at the forefront of her day-to-day activity. With her determined personality, appreciation of high standards and passion for food (yes, as well as eating it) she has become highly regarded within this specialist field. 

Favourite food & drink: Sushi & seaweed & anything mixed with rum – from dark n’ stormy, pina colada, long island ice tea to a mojito or two!

Nick Crocker food recruitment

Nick Crocker

Senior Consultant – Quality & Technical

Nick is the newest senior consultant at Zest, working from our Bristol office. Nick joined in 2014 and after a successful two years has become the fastest person to reach this level, thanks to hard work and continued support from his colleagues. Nick specialises in junior Quality & Technical roles. Client’s Nick has worked with include Graze, Olives et Al, Dairy Crest, Cook Trading and Samworth Brothers. He is 100% focussed on putting the right people in the right role. Nick’s most noticeable accomplishments include buying his own house at the young age of 25, completing the Bath Half Marathon in less than 2 hours and eating 12 Jaffa Cakes in one minute.

Favourite food & drink: Apples, specifically Granny Smiths & a pint of Peroni

Favourite morning smoothie: Pineapple, banana and coconut or if it’s the weekend – pineapple, banana, coconut & rum!

Joseph Harrap food recruitment

Joseph Harrap

Senior Consultant – Technical & Development

Joseph is a senior technical and development consultant who looks after senior level Quality, Technical and NPD roles across the south of the UK. Originally from Stamford he moved down to the Bristol office after six months with Zest. It is here that he has found his love for working with growing SME’s in recruitment, where he can get to meet and understand both candidates and clients with the aim to support businesses growth. His passion for food has come from a young age where he loved to cook and entered cooking competitions. In addition to recruitment he is a key part of the Zest Foundation supporting with coaching and charity challenges including cycling to Paris in under 38 hours and multiple half marathons.

Favourite food and drink: Roast dinner or steak, always with wine!

Favourite morning smoothie: Fruit/ ice cream none of this green rubbish!

Scarlett MacLean

Senior Consultant – Quality, Technical & Hygiene

Scarlett originally came from a design background, after having trained and worked in the fashion industry for a number of years. With a re-location to Stamford on the cards, Scarlett felt it was time for a career move into an exciting industry that was driven by daily interaction with new people. Having always had an eager passion for food, Scarlett found Zest. One year in and Scarlett is now well established within her specialised areas of Quality, Technical and Hygiene. Being someone who takes huge pride in her market and places great emphasis on ensuring she places the right people in the right role, she ultimately enables clients and candidates to go on to design their future. Aside from recruitment, Scarlett loves food- from creating a fine new dish to indulging in it once served. Someone who is not afraid of their greens and has a daily penchant for Green Tea.

Favourite Food & Drink: Anything that is green or a root (preferably ginger) with a side of Burleigh’s Gin, Brockmans Gin, Hendricks Gin or anything Gin.

Oliver Duffen

Consultant – Production & Operations

After leaving school in 2014 Oliver stumbled across recruitment and has been in the business ever since, focussing on Production & Operations recruitment. With a keen eye for detail and quality, he thought this sector suited perfectly. Through the great support and training Zest have given Oliver, he has a passion for great client service and gets a real buzz for making candidates and clients happy.

Oliver finds building relationships between candidates and clients rewarding and finds there is nothing better than seeing one impressed with the job you have done.

 

Favourite food – Anything spicy

Favourite drink – Anything alcoholic to wash it down with

“Truly focused on the food & drink manufacturing industry.”