Founded in 2002, Integrated Food Projects aims to provide a world-class, comprehensive project management service to food industry projects. With implementation at the core of our work, we take client aspirations and strategic objectives from concept to fully functioning reality and beyond.
Having experienced continuous growth since our inception, IFP has expanded from its original staff of one to a forty-strong team of skilled and experienced food industry professionals. We believe our growth to be a reflection of the results we achieve for our clients. We work on our clients’ sides with their objectives at heart. Our vastly experienced team provide independent and impartial advice, honest industry knowledge and effective solutions so that our clients achieve the processes, products and solutions to which they aspire. Our long-term partnerships are testament to the results we deliver and the manner in which we achieve them.
Managing Director - Operations
Andy is responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of IFP projects. In a career spanning more than 30 years, 20+ have been spent serving the food industry with the delivery of varied and complex projects in challenging operational environments. He has a solid base in construction design, procurement and delivery, which has been a result of working on large, high-profile projects in the construction industry. An eye for detail serves him well, ensuring quality of delivery across the project portfolio.
Managing Director - Commercial
Matthew is a commercial professional with over 20 years’ experience within the food manufacturing, retail and construction industries. Matthew is our Joint Managing Director and has responsibility for clients and the sales and marketing activities. Prior to joining IFP 10 years ago, Matthew held operational and project management positions with businesses including Aldi, B&Q and St. Gobain.
Philip established Integrated Food Projects in 2002, after a career in both contracting and consultancy delivering complex, multi-disciplinary projects across a wide range of industry sectors. He has over 35 years of experience in delivering food industry projects, in the UK and around the world. His primary role is to convert clients’ aspirations and desires into reality through a process of implementation, which is technically, contractually and logistically sound. Philip shows great strength when liaising with clients and internal management and delivery teams – in doing so, he has steadily developed the company’s core team and made sustainable growth since the company’s inception.
An inspirational and highly experienced Supply Chain and Operations Director, recognised for an exceptional ability to configure cost effective end-to-end supply chains, align and integrate cross functional teams, and for building organisational capability and excellence. A much appreciated and respected boardroom contributor, particularly within FMCG environments. Phil has worked in food supply chain development and management for 20 years+. He has worked for Proctor and Gamble and delivered footprint projects for a variety of food businesses, most recently a 500,000 sq. ft new build evaluation.
Director of Architecture
Chris is an award winning experimental architect. Chris pushes the boundaries of modern building techniques by blending art, innovation and design to explore the unique structure between concept and reality. Chris studied Architecture at Leeds Beckett University where he developed a natural talent for creating diverse forms that change the established building blocks of the industry. He progressed to work at some of the most well-known practices in the country, working globally on cutting edge designs. He continues to challenge, create and compose as his ultimate desire for transformation within the industry continues. He is an extremely engaging and inspirational designer bringing bespoke ideas into his work. Chris is knowledgeable when it comes to sustainable design, and his attention to detail will always ensure the seamless delivery of the concept design through planning and into the construction phase.
Head of Process
Ed has worked within process engineering for over 22 years; 17 of which while working for food industry specific project management companies, both within the UK and overseas for FMCG businesses of various size and ownership structures. He has significant experience in developing and delivering capacity expansions and automated process solutions for leading food and drink businesses such as Princes, Samworth Brothers, CSM Bakery Solutions, AMC, Fresh & Easy (USA), Charlie Bigham’s and Branston. He has specific savoury pastry experience with The Cornish Bakery, Addo and Greencore. More recently with new start-up companies – THIS and Freaks of Nature aka Over the Spoon.
Head of Construction
Carl has 23 years of food industry experience, and a wealth of knowledge within construction over the last 30+ years. He has delivered many projects for large food clients. Carl has an agile and flexible mindset and can willingly adapt to different situations. He is a strong communicator with a friendly and positive outlook, with a practical construction background from a trade perspective, on multiple levels. He has extensive experience of design co-ordination in terms of food and beverage facilities and a strong commercial background, allowing an across-the-board view on construction.
Helen has 13+ years accountancy experience in both financial and management accounting, Helen has gained a wealth of knowledge, specifically in the service industry – focusing on the implementation of new systems to streamline processes and report on their management. Such systems include Sage, Coins and bespoke access & property management. She joined the IFP team in 2019. Her role is to provide the management team regular financial information to enable them to make key decisions whilst smoothly running the business. Helen also provides the project managers with updated figures they require to run their projects efficiently and within budget. Helen manages the finance team, and has been key in developing specific roles over the last year. Helen is gaining a wealth of new experience within the food and beverage industry; however, she previously worked for a business which managed large utility infrastructure projects.
Ashley has over 15 years’ experience as an engineering professional, predominately in the food industry, with a high level of technical ability. He has worked client side in operational leadership and management roles, including change management and project delivery. Ashley has an holistic knowledge of engineering across multiple disciplines, with the majority of his time spent in the utilities/ MEP space. As the utilities lead, he is responsible for all aspects of mechanical, electrical and plumbing in manufacturing facility design and construction, as well as providing our clients with consultancy on site utility capacity, best practice design, and implementation.
Associate Project Director
Nigel brings over 30 years of operations and supply chain leadership experience in the food and drink sector with him to IFP. This includes 10+ years of consultancy and advisory support to operators and investors across various sectors within the industry. He is focused on providing sustainable solutions to complex situations. Nigel is a specialist in large scale transformation change evaluation, environmental sustainability, business case development and due diligence. He has recently led a number of sustainability focused evaluation studies for the likes of innocent & Oatly.
Associate Project Director
Andrew is a performance improvement Director. He combines accountancy, engineering and supply chain management in his day-to-day role, specialising in delivering lean change across an enterprise. He has a track record of building and developing high-performing teams through strong communication skills and innovative problem solving. He has demonstrated these skills in a variety of roles, with over 30 years of experience working in the food sector. Within IFP, Andrew is responsible for the delivery of complex capital and business change projects. He has successfully worked on projects for Arla Foods, South Caernarfon Creameries and McCormick.
Associate PMO Lead / Analyst
Jamie has over 20+ years of experience supporting organisations through change through the provision of PMO leadership and analysis. Most notably, Jamie established and led the PMO for innocent drinks for their manufacturing supply chain transformation. He has also supported a leading pet food business in establishing their PMO processes and tool kit. Jaime also leads the analysis and modelling on large evaluation studies within IFP.
Associate Programme Director
Rob is an experienced business programme director with a proven track record of establishing direction and building teams that have delivered tangible results in critical situations. This successful experience has been gained in fast-moving, international, blue chip FTSE100 and FTSE250 FMCG organisations. In recent years, Rob has established and led major factory programmes, from delivering the world’s first carbon neutral production facility for innocent, to also establishing the world’s largest dairy alternative facility for Oatly. These are large infrastructure programmes involving multi disciplined IFP teams, partner consultants and a wide supply base requiring structure programme management to deliver the required business outcome in a fast changing world.
Associate Project Manager
Nigel has 38 years’ experience worldwide with capital projects within the food and allied industries. He is a biochemical engineer with a strong focus on process design and Implementation. Along with capital expansion work, he has a successful track record in the design of a wide range of process operations and the development of manufacturing rationalisation strategies and technology transfers.
Associate Construction Project Manager
Highly motivated with over 30 years of experience in project management, design and has a passion for sustainability within all his projects. Will has delivered major projects from concept to first production across Europe, the Middle East & Africa to GMP standards and ISO22716. Over the past few years, Will has been engaged on major food projects for IFP key clients.
Associate Project Director
Richard is a highly effective leader of change in supply chain management, with over 25 years’ experience in well-respected food manufacturing and FMCG retail businesses. Prior to working with IFP, he has held senior leadership roles in both the manufacturing and retailing sectors and he has an in-depth knowledge of the challenges that arise with the FMCG supply chain. Richard’s expertise covers chilled, frozen and ambient food manufacturing and warehouse operations as well as the business processes within the supply chain.
Associate Operational Due Diligence Lead
Steve has over 25 years experience working within the food industry, in a variety of operational and project management roles. He has gained 15 years of consultancy experience and specialises in cost out delivery and business improvement. He has held project and leadership positions for Heinz, Taylor Farms, Northern Foods, Weetabix, Mizkan and Nature’s Way. Steve is an operational senior leader with a background of consistent delivery in bottom line improvement.
Anna has 10 years administration experience, 6 years of which have been at IFP. She was previously Office Manager. She now looks after Maconomy, an internal system for projects, finance and administration which helps to keep the back office functions running smoothly. The highlight of this role so far has been being involved with the implementation of the system itself as it was such a huge change for the IFP Group. Whilst working at Integrated Food Projects Ltd, Anna has implemented two key internal systems and has completed a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership.
This is Lucy’s first role within the food industry. She has spent the past 25 years in various administration, office management, personal & executive assistant roles. Her last role before IFP was working for SC Johnson Professional within their R&D team as office manager / team co-ordinator. Her role at IFP is office manager – this is a massively varied role sorting everything out from maintenance of the office, HR, IT issues, to looking after the team and ensuring there is always enough supplies for the coffee machine!
Clare has a wealth of knowledge in sales/marketing administration and has been working for the IFP Group since 2018. Her role is active within the commercial side, supporting Matt Carr and the team with the sales process, but more recently co-ordinating and managing the marketing activities. She also actively works closely with the wider NIRAS marketing team within Europe. She has recently received a distinction in Applied Marketing – working towards gaining a full CIM (Certificate Institute of Marketing) qualification.
Assistant Project Manager/CAD Lead
A qualified designer with 25+ years of Auto Cad experience. Working at (BAA airports) with fit out and baggage hall design solutions for Virgin Atlantic, BA, Star Alliance etc. 6+ years, washroom facilities experience from initial design through to production and onto site installation. Most recently 5+ years working for IFP in the food factory environment. Gav assists project managers on a daily basis with their requirements from site surveys, AutoCAD layout drawings, Revit models, NDA’s, Contracts etc. Gav has a great ability to create and implement CAD standards and consistently delivers high quality drawings with a quick turnaround; a proven track record in understanding client requirements, when delivering the design aspect of any project.
Project Manager - Construction
Wayne brings nearly 30 years’ experience in design and management within the FMCG, food & beverages and dairy industries. Started at IFP in June 2019, Wayne comfortably works with other key staff, managing multi-disciplined projects ranging from £100k refurbishments through to multi-million pound capital projects. His key areas of expertise include being the co-ordination of cost, technical
design and work streams together with day-to-day site project management. He is currently working on the Oatly project.
Business Development Manager Construction Services
Sarah has worked within the food industry for 8 years. Previous to her role within IFP, she enjoyed being a Sector Manager & Business Development Manager for the Benelux & France, within food & beverage process manufacturing. She has provided high end intelligence of capital expenditure project activity within the food and beverage manufacturing sectors for equipment suppliers, major engineering houses, architects and consultancy businesses. Sarah is an experienced business development manager, committed to developing long term client relationships and strategic account management. A highly motivated self-starter, with a demonstrable track record of account management of both new and existing clients. An effective communicator at all levels.
Process Project Engineer
David has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sheffield (BEng) and the University of Nottingham (MEng). David began his career in New Product Development for a blue-chip food and beverage manufacturer. He then moved into a process project engineering role and has since worked for various consultancy companies in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage industries. He has a broad range of experience from feasibility studies through to detailed design, installation, commissioning and validation.
Process Project Engineer
Sam graduated from the University of Nottingham with a masters MEng degree in Chemical Engineering. He has gained 4+ years’ experience in the food and beverage industry. He joined IFP in 2020. His skill set is strong in concept evaluation studies, process development & equipment selection, capacity modelling, implementation projects. Sam has worked on a wide variety of projects from large ones like Oatly to much smaller, complex start-up projects, eg. Natural instinct, Whole Creations, McCormick, Arla Foods, Wyke Farms, THIS, South Caernarfon Creameries and Wealmoor. Whilst studying, Sam gained experience developing P&IDs, process control and functional design specifications, completing HAZID/HAZOP studies and environmental impact reports. Also opting to specialise in food process engineering.
Tom has over 22 years’ experience in the food industry, responsible for engineering projects and site services. Tom previously worked for Branston Prepared, on a Tesco and Waitrose category leading prepared potato site, with direct reports of a large team and was instrumental in a rapid site growth from £6m to £21m in 4 years. Tom has project managed over £30m of capital improvement projects.
A highly experienced individual with a proven track record in factory-based process and project engineering, improvement and development, NPD and process technical management. Over 30 years in-depth knowledge and experience gained with leading multi-national food, nutraceutical and medical device manufacturers in key projects, including factory scale up, site relocation, design, installations, project management, R&D, process engineering, technical, quality, cleaning and sanitation, and factory efficiency improvement. Commercially aware with a strong understanding of food manufacturing markets in a variety of categories.
Rachel joined IFP in February 2021. This is her first job within the food industry. She uses the Maconomy system mostly, previously Sage. She is currently being trained on some aspects of the Coins system. She collates the weekly working hours and expenses for employees and associates working on a major client project. Rachel has recently started becoming involved in customer invoicing every month; she chases the aged debtors each week (loves chasing companies for money!), and general accounts work and queries. Rachel has enjoyed 20+ years’ experience in office environments; she previously worked for 13 years for a small family run company in the Events & Construction Industry as the Office & Accounts Manager, then Covid hit! Prior to that, she has worked in the accounts departments for various companies such as AON, Carpetright and Selfridges.
Tom has over 6 years of experience within the construction industry, working across a range of different sectors. He has been involved on architectural projects from strategic definition, through to technical design and handover. Since completing his HND (Higher National Diploma), he has begun his development and aspires to become architectural lead on major projects moving forward. Tom has extensive experience with working within the built enjoinment, developing his skills while working together with design teams on live multi disciplinary BIM projects.
innocent – the blender
A major project to deliver the world’s most sustainable healthy drinks factory
With a clear vision of what it wanted to achieve, innocent was focussed on creating a new factory in line with its values and purpose. Working in partnership with Integrated Food Projects, sustainability was placed at the heart of every decision that was made in the design, build and operation of the blender.Learn more... Let's Talk...
MAJOR GLOBAL BAKERY MANUFACTURER
An evaluation and design project as part of the development of a new £35 million production facility with a 24 month programme.
With customers not just across the UK but globally, our client had made the decision to expand the business to meet the ever-growing demands of its large customer base. They had developed a strategic plan for creating a new production facility, however their board required an independent evaluation of this plan before approving it to go ahead.Learn more... Let's Talk...
MAJOR UK READY MEALS MANUFACTURER
The implementation of a storage solution with a capital value of £3 million over a 28 week programme.
As a major UK ready meals manufacturer, it is crucial to maintain an agile supply chain to ensure that products reach suppliers and customers as agreed. This includes a number of activities and processes, an important one of which is storage. It is very important to have storage of adequate size and appropriate facilities for the products your company produces.Learn more... Let's Talk...
UK SPORTS NUTRITION MANUFACTURER
A £1 million project set over 18 weeks, focused on the location and development of a new UK-based facility.
For nearly twenty years, our client has been using their sporting expertise to offer their customers specialist nutritional performance products. They create products to the highest possible standards and their results are proven: the company works with world-class, professional sportspeople and sporting experts, all of whom value the company’s premium products.Learn more... Let's Talk...
UK’S LARGEST INDEPENDENT DAIRY
An evaluation of a proposed 24 month strategic plan that would cost an estimated £26.5m.
Our client has worked for decades with their farmers to securely deliver a wide range of dairy ingredients to food sectors across the country. As a result, our client has not only established a firm reputation for quality and reliability, but has also become a leading supplier of milk and dairy ingredients to the national food industry.Learn more... Let's Talk...
GLOBAL MEAT & POULTRY PROCESSOR
A 30 week £2.1 million disaster recovery project following a major fire at the company’s Suffolk production site.
A major meat and poultry processor, our client works with a huge network of farmers to produce their diverse range of products on a bespoke and generic basis for customers across all levels the food industry. Having earned a reputation for dedication to quality and customer service, they continue to innovate and develop their business to provide the best possible products.Learn more... Let's Talk...
A project undertaking improvements and enhancements at the Charlie Bigham site at Park Royal in northwest London.
Inspired by founder Charlie’s travels, the Charlie Bigham range of fresh ready meals are created for couples with busy schedules who still want to eat delicious, authentic food. Designed in double portions, the business has built up a strong brand that has won several awards and is stocked across leading retailers and online supermarkets.Learn more... Let's Talk...
The construction of a new facility at one of Samworth Brothers’ existing sites was a £4.5 million project with a 34 week programme.
The award-winning Samworth Brothers group includes nationally renowned businesses such as Ginsters and Soreen. The constant evolution and expansion of the business is testament to Samworth Brothers’ commitment to the continuous improvement of not just of their business but also the products and service they provide to their customers.Learn more... Let's Talk...
A £3.6 million project with a 36 week programme aiming to separate existing processes to meet demand and allow the factory to run more efficiently.
Produce World’s mission is to provide fresh produce supply chains for selected partners in retail and the food industry services. As one of the largest vegetable growers in Europe, Produce World receive, store, grade, wash and pack potatoes for Waitrose and The Cooperative supermarkets.Learn more... Let's Talk...
A £2.5 million project set over 32 weeks saw the development and extension of an existing factory to facilitate business expansion.
Established by award-winning food manufacturers Samworth Brothers in 1999, Kettleby Foods produces a range of high quality chilled ready meals to major retailers across the UK. Since production began with a range of just 11 pies, Kettleby Foods’ operations have since expanded to exceed over 120 products made from the finest ingredients and to the highest standards.Learn more... Let's Talk...
Integrated Food Projects have partnered with Kettleby Foods on a number of high-profile multi-million pound capital projects since 2003/4, helping the business to develop and grow. Throughout that time they have provided cost-effective and efficient solutions on development projects both at our existing ready meals production facility and also in creating a new satellite facility. The projects at our existing facility were managed without impact on our ability to service our own clients, and all projects have been delivered within budget, in a timely fashion and to the requisite standards of safety and quality. Their team work ethos and professional approach ensure successful projects and I would utilise Integrated Food Projects in the future without hesitation.
- Jarrod Thorndyke, Production Director
I have worked with Integrated Food Projects on many capital expenditure projects since 2004, the latest being the development of the new plot of land adjacent to our main site. They successfully employed a project delivery process to ensure the integration of a leased modular building solution with the development of the site infrastructure to improve logistics and Health and Safety. Their staff are always positive and enthusiastic and have fostered a team-work approach ensuring another successful project delivered. I look forward to working with them again in the near future.
- Engineering Manager, Major UK Ready Meals Manufacturer