Our Team

Despite only launching in February 2020, Food and Drink North East has been almost 5 years in the making.

Frustrated with the lack of specialist regional support, we are a team of like minded individuals and professionals who forged a strong bond based upon a passion and determination to build a world class, competitive and innovative food and drink economy here in the North East.

Collectively, our experience spans across the industry from supply chain, product development, manufacturing and operations through to sales, marketing, exhibiting and international strategy. Our aim is to use our network and expertise to be informative, supportive, accessible and responsive to the needs of our community.

Chris Jewitt


Ian Pilkington

Commercial Director

Nichola Reeder

Events Director

Des Kennedy

Innovation Director

Dan Prince

Creative Director

John Jenkinson

Operations Director

Rosie Jenkinson

Communications Lead


Ebba McGuigan

Community Lead

Get in touch

Food and Drink North East
The Beacon
Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE4 9PQ 

E: info@fadne.org

About us

Food and Drink North East is a community interest company (CIC). We aim to build a vibrant and engaged community that champions positive trade, promotes a sustainable circular economy and acts as a collective and inclusive voice for the region’s food and drink sector. Focussed on four strategic areas, our objective is to grow the sector’s contribution to the regional economy to 10% gross added value (GVA) by 2025.

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