Campden BRI appoints new Chief Executive

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Campden BRI Pete Headridge

Campden BRI, the food and drink technology research company based at Chipping Campden, has appointed a new Chief Executive.

Pete Headridge will take over the role following Chris Huscroft’s retirement on 1 January 2021.

Chris joined Campden BRI in October 2018 as Director of Technology, before becoming Director of the Centre of Technical Excellence and then COO, prior to becoming Chief Executive in January this year.

Tim Holmes, Chairman of the Campden BRI Group, said: “Campden BRI has faced unprecedented challenges in 2020 and Chris has guided the organisation through this difficult period very effectively. The effort that Chris has put into Campden BRI over the past year to adapt the organisation to a very different world has been immense and is something that the Board and I are very thankful for. In the latter half of the past year, Chris has worked closely with Pete and the senior team to set Campden BRI on a new course for the future.”

Pete Headridge will take over as Chief Executive following a year as COO. He brings with him many years’ experience in senior technical and quality roles at the Kellogg Company.

He said: “This is an exciting time for Campden BRI. A new senior team has been brought together during 2020, with a number of key internal and external appointments. I look forward to working with them to deliver our exciting three-year growth strategy.”

Most recently, Emeritus Professor Tim Foster joined the team as Scientific Affairs Director, with responsibility for developing the new scientific strategy for the business and putting Campden BRI back at the technical heart of industry, academic and governmental groups.

Sarah Armstrong was recently appointed HR Director, as the company undertakes significant organisational development as part of the implementation of its new Three-year Strategic Plan. The external client focus will be headed by Barbara Lunnon, Associate Director Marketing, as the new sales and marketing team takes shape.

Tim added: “The Board and I would like to thank Chris for his commitment and excellent stewardship of the business throughout a difficult year and wish him well for his well-deserved retirement. We look forward to working with Pete and the senior team as Campden BRI moves into the next exciting phase of its evolution.”