Meet the Team

Food manufacturing recruitment specialists

Team Zest

  • Chris Trudgian food recruitment
    Chris Trudgian
    Managing Director
  • Paul Trudgian
    Director
  • Nicola Richardson
    Director
  • Scarlett MacLean
    Director
  • Oliver Edwards
    Principle Consultant – Engineering
  • Natasha McFarlane
    Principle Consultant – Quality, Technical & Hygiene
  • Jecca Sweeney
    Senior consultant – NPD & Process
  • Josh Manby
    Senior Consultant – Engineering
  • Niall
    Niall Cater
    Senior Consultant – Engineering
  • Sam Jones
    Consultant - Operations
  • Emily Spence
    Consultant - NPD & Process
  • Jon Bennett
    Consultant - Quality, Technical & Hygiene
  • Shafiul Islam
    Shafiul Islam
    Senior Consultant – Operations
  • Jack Moulton
    Consultant - Quality, Technical & Hygiene
  • Maddie Finlay
    Maddie Finlay
    Recruitment Consultant
  • Jack Theodore
    Jack Theodore
    Recruitment Consultant
  • Jan Green
    Accounts
  • Lucy Carroll
    Office Administration

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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

Paul Trudgian

Director

Nicola Richardson

Director

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. Ten 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: Sushi & seaweed

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

Scarlett MacLean

Director

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.

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 Edwards

Principle Consultant – Engineering

Former personal trainer and checkout boy, Oli has always enjoyed good conversation and forming new relationships. Working from the Stamford office, he now heads up engineering for Zest across the East of England and takes great pleasure in a job well done, pleasing both candidate and client alike. Oli is an occasional gym goer and coffee connoisseur (caffeine junky).

Favourite food: Enjoys nothing more than a ‘couple’ of Spanish beers on a Friday afternoon

Favourite drink: Believes that there is no better way to round off the weekend than with roast beef and a glass of red

Natasha McFarlane

Principle Consultant – Quality, Technical & Hygiene

Natasha – loves food and chatting about it! Also loves the gym it’s about balance right? 🙂 After hanging up her property hat she now works with the finest talent in the Technical, Quality and Hygiene market who are gifted, valuable and always in style. She is swiftly becoming the go to for recruitment support in the East Anglia, West Midlands and Home Counties area. Driven by understanding the needs of her clients and delivering exceptional service she has an unrivalled transparent and honest approach which has led onto building and maintaining long term relationships.

Favourite food and drink: Seasoned food (salt n pepper don’t count) & Mac n Cheese. Loves Bellini’s and Rum Punch!

Jecca Sweeney

Senior consultant – NPD & Process

Prior to joining Zest, Jecca had been working in the property industry up in the big smoke. Jecca decided she was ready to make the move back the countryside and wanted a career that gave her the same buzz! Now working within the NPD and process team, Jecca is cornering the north west market!

Jecca loves a muddy challenge having previously done Tough Mudder! Jecca is now training for the charity triathlon at Blenheim Palace.

Favourite food and drink: Hendricks gin with Mediterranean Fever Tree Tonic and sushi. Biggest vice: anything chocolate!

Josh Manby

Senior Consultant – Engineering

Prior to taking the leap into recruitment at Zest, Josh spent the last 7 years of his career working in hospitality. 3 of these years as restaurant manager. After a long stint in the industry he felt it was time for a challenge, which is when he fell head first into the fast paced life of recruitment. He has always thoroughly enjoyed working closely with others, which is where his people skills play a great part in this role. Between work, sleep and the occasional beer, football is his passion. Always in that order of course…

Favourite food and drink: a traditional beef roast dinner with any liquid that comes with a percentage

Niall

Niall Cater

Senior Consultant – Engineering

Niall started off his career in the leisure industry from training in the gym to selling in the gym, he’s done it all but was ready for his next move.

Fresh into Zest with a keen motivation to help others and do what’s best for them, Niall’s move into recruitment was only natural.

Now looking after engineering for the West of England with a no quit attitude, Niall plans to leave no stone unturned when it comes to finding his candidates the perfect role.

Apart from regularly training and being the resident sweet tooth, he enjoys trips to London testing all the nice bars and pubs.

Favourite food and drink: Can’t say no to a burrito and a cold Spanish beer

Sam Jones

Consultant - Operations

Sam started off his recruitment career within Executive Search for the Medical Devices market living in Manchester. Looking to come back to his home area of Stamford and a fresh recruitment experience, Zest was the perfect move.

Now looking after the Production and Operations market and an eagerness to help others, Sam will pull out all the stops to find his candidates the right role.

Outside of work, life revolves around going to the gym, playing football and counteracting this exercise with as many unhealthy calories as possible.

Favourite food & drink: Steak, Chips, Peas and Peppercorn sauce! Followed by a sweet Cookie Dough and Ice Cream for dessert. Accompanied by a Cider of course!

Emily Spence

Consultant - NPD & Process

Emily embarked on a mini adventure in recruitment, fell in love with it and knew she wanted more…

Being fresh into the busy world of the food manufacturing industry it was only fit to learn from the top recruiters in the industry leading their markets, that’s why she chose Zest.

Taking on the busy NPD market within London and the South East, Emily is keen to make her mark as an expert in her field, and is always on the lookout for the next top talent in the market.

Our very own animal whisperer, outside of work Emily’s life revolves around looking after her horses and dogs (which she has far too many of!). A social butterfly who is always watching sport in particular rugby or the Grand Prix.

Favourite food and drink: Has to be sushi and a cold glass of white wine (NZL Sauvignon of course). Oh and absolutely anything chocolate!

Jon Bennett

Consultant - Quality, Technical & Hygiene

Before taking a leap head first into Recruitment at Zest, Jon spent 9 years working in retail, 8 of those as a sales manager, working in numerous stores across Stamford and Leeds. After being made redundant, he spent 2 years in construction, learning carpentry and joinery. Eventually, the hunger of targets made another appearance and he started to miss the buzz of bouncing off other people’s energy in a fast paced, demanding environment – landing himself a brand-new challenge in Zest Recruitment.

In his spare time Jon likes to follow football (Manchester United!), play golf, exercise and loves a night out! He also refuses to go a summer without going on a sunny holiday and/or a long weekend festival. Along with the odd charity event on the side. He has recently completed the Rat Race, Race for Life and in the past shaved his head for Cancer Research.

Favourite food and drink: Can’t go wrong with a Pepperoni pizza and a pint!

Shafiul Islam

Shafiul Islam

Senior Consultant – Operations

Jack Moulton

Consultant - Quality, Technical & Hygiene

Maddie Finlay

Maddie Finlay

Recruitment Consultant

Jack Theodore

Jack Theodore

Recruitment Consultant

Jan Green

Accounts

Lucy Carroll

Office Administration

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