Meet the Sustainable Scale Up Cluster Advisory Group
Chair of the Advisory Board, Jon is the Chief Finance Officer for Puffin Produce and was just 21 when he qualified as an accountant and he hasn't slackened pace since, with experience ranging from Top 10 accountancy firms to local businesses. Jon joined Puffin early in 2012, working with Puffin's banks and auditors, helping to ensure profitability on current products and supporting Puffin's ambitious plans for growing the business.
Alun Thomas is the regional manager for West Wales. He has concluded many succession deals including employee buyout trusts and equity investments. As an experienced senior banker, Alun is focusing on structuring deals from the Wales Tourism Fund for the Development Bank of Wales. Loans from £100,000 up to £5 million are available alongisde Welsh Government grant funding for distinctive projects which demonstrate commitment to the Welsh Government’s Economic Contract.
Huw is the Managing Director of Puffin Produce who returned to his Pembrokeshire farming heritage in 2009 after years of research and professional practice in related fields. Huw is both the Managing Director and responsible for the Sales and Marketing team. He continues to promote Welsh produce, whether through own-label or Puffin's premium Blas y Tir brand. He also ensures that our growers get a fair price for their produce, and that Puffin is "a good and happy place to work." Huw is also a member of the Food and Drink Wales Industry Board.
Chris is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) and has held multiple CFO roles in business ranging in size from £15m - £1b turnover before joining Peter’s Food Service Ltd. in March 2019. Most recently, Chris has been engaged by private equity business owners (Next Wave Partners and now Stage Capital), but also has experience working in privately owned, co-operative and plc structures.
Lynne Rowlands is the founder and owner of Daffodil Foods which has been trading since 2011 and supplies chilled desserts, Welsh clotted cream and cultured dairy products to the retail and foodservice sectors. The company has a growing business selling Welsh afternoon tea gift boxes direct to consumers from their website and via Amazon.
Sarah has worked for Lantra since 2005 and has managed a variety of Welsh Government funded projects right across the food supply chain. Sarah is currently the project manager of Food Skills Cymru supporting food and drink manufacturing businesses get the right skills for their employees.