Brief biographies of the 8 members of the Food and Drink Wales Industry Board.
Norma is a former Senior Civil Servant. She spent her career working for the Welsh Office and Welsh Government. Her policy and delivery experience covered the food chain from farm to fork. Norma has been involved with:
- strategic development and marketing of the food and drink production and processing sectors
- supporting companies to gain national and international business
- supporting the growth and diversification of farm businesses
- safeguarding public health by developing policies to combat the spread of animal and plant diseases
- handling policies in relation to genetically modified crops.
Norma runs a consultancy company, InsideOut: Organisational Solutions. She is also a member of the Food Standard Agency’s Welsh Advisory Committee.
Justine is a graduate in Industrial Relations and Marketing from Strathclyde University. She spent 15 years working in food and drink manufacturing companies. She then moved to the skills arena. She joined Improve and established their National Skills Academy. Justine is now Chief Executive of The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink. She is also Chief Executive of Improve.
Justine sits on the Executive of Scotland Food and Drink, the industry leadership body for food and drink.
Alison Lea Wilson
Alison Lea-Wilson graduated from Bangor University. She was a teacher for 2 years, before starting Anglesey Sea Zoo with her husband and a friend. For 23 years, Alison's responsibilities included retailing, catering, human resources and training.
Alison and her husband now run The Anglesey Sea Salt Co Ltd. Alison is:
- the food and drink sector representative, and Vice Chair of the Anglesey Destination Partnership
- Secretary of the Anglesey Farmers’ Market
- Co leader of Slow Food Cymru
- Chair of Gorau Môn a partnership of hospitality, retail and producers on Anglesey
- an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University
David graduated from University College, Cardiff. He began his career in the laboratories of a Cardiff bakery. He then worked as Technical Director in various food businesses around the UK.
David has undertaken food safety audits across several continents. So, he has experience of applying food safety systems within different cultures.
David is Director of the Food Industry Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The Centre links food academics with the food processing sector. He works closely with the private sector and Welsh Government.
Katie has a background in Food and Nutrition. She has worked in the industry, as part of a team developing international products. She has also worked in local government as part of the Leader plus project in Monmouthshire.
Katie spent six years on the Food Standards Agency’s Welsh Food Advisory Committee. She was also a member of the Welsh Government’s Food and Drink Advisory Partnership.
Katie is the Sustainable Food Cities Co-ordinator for Food Cardiff. In this role, she works in partnership with the public, private and third sectors.
Andy graduated from Seale Hayne with a degree in Agriculture. Since then, he has held several commercial roles within the industry. He co-founded the Dairy 2020 initiative, the “Leading the Way” dairy strategy. He chaired the Welsh Dairy Industry Review in 2016. Andy currently chairs the UK Dairy Productivity Collaboration.
In 2016 he co-founded the “Protein Challenge 2040” with Forum for the Future. This global initiative aims to develop a sustainable supply and demand of protein.
Andy currently leads in corporate marketing and communications in a dairy nutrition business. He has been lobbying for a collaborative approach to a UK food production strategy, and is a member of:
- UK Food & Drink Sector Council
- Agriculture Forum
- Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership
Huw grew up on a Pembrokeshire dairy farm. He has a wide ranging knowledge of the food supply chain. His roles have included primary agriculture, processing, and dealing with retailers. He has worked in the farming industry, in research and for government.
Huw is Managing Director of fresh produce business, Puffin Produce, based in Pembrokeshire.