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

Ebba McGuigan

Community Lead

Join the FADNE Community today and be part of an engaged network that makes up the amazing food and drink landscape in the North East!

Food and Drink North East

The Core
Bath Lane
Newcastle Helix
Newcastle upon Tyne

E: info@fadne.org

Food and Drink North East is a community interest company (CIC) whose aim is 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. Our overall objective is to grow the sector’s contribution to the regional economy to 10% GVA by 2025.

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