Great Team

Meet some of our Great Team

Every month we talk to the great people in our business (from the kitchen to the boardroom and all in-between) about what they do, why they love working here and what their favourite product is! Here’s this month’s flavour…

  • Robert Johns
    Planning Manager

    I joined Authentic in 2001 at the Stockport site, before Sharston had even opened, as the Sales Order Processing person, then moved to Purchase Order Processing, then to Assistant Planner and now Planning Manager. My role is to plan the products we make at Sharston & Stockport to ensure we keep stocks available to our customers so they can order our fantastic meals.

    What's your favourite thing about TAFC?

    The interaction with people, both from within The Authentic Food Co. and suppliers. The positive attitude of our people, who are so important to the business and the great products we make. The social events are also a really good laugh, especially the bowling and Christmas parties.

    What's your favourite dish?

    Iceland Chicken in Blackbean Sauce and the Lamb Samosas.

  • Kim Sharples
    SOP Supervisor/Credit Controller

    I joined TAFC in 2003 and have had several roles with the company during this time.

    Currently I manage Payrolls, Expenses, Pensions and a host of other company benefits, all whilst ensuring the company complies fully with all HMRC legislation. I also manage the reception team, which is the first point of contact for all our customers, employees and suppliers.

    What's your favourite thing about TAFC?

    The positive, enthusiastic atmosphere which the company has always managed to maintain makes this a great place to work. As well as the social events that are always great fun as the business does have that work hard/play hard ethic!

    What's your favourite dish?

    Sweet Potato & Chick Pea curry is very tasty.

  • Beata Cholawska
    QA Auditor

    I joined TAFC in 2010, and work as a QA auditor, ensuring on a daily basis that our customers receive the best quality products.

    What's your favourite thing about TAFC?

    Everyday brings a new challenge.

    What's your favourite dish?

    Cajun Chicken, Thai Red Beef Curry and Special Fried Rice

  • Scott Smart
    Engineering Maintenance Manager (UK)

    I joined The Authentic Food Co. when the Sharston site first opened in 2002 as a junior engineer, progressing through the years to my current role as Maintenance Manager.

    Whats your favourite thing about TAFC?

    The atmosphere and banter shared throughout the business, regardless of how busy or stressed people may get. The staff events (especially the bowling that the engineers always win). But, above all, my favourite thing has to be the drive and enthusiasm to grow the business and become the market leader.

    What's your favourite dish?

    Lamb Rogan Josh.

  • Janet Barker
    People Manager

    I joined the TAFC family as a HR Advisor in 2008 having being sold the dream. Ten years on, it’s still a great place to work with a real team spirit where people pull together to make sure we give our customers what they both expect and deserve.

    What's your favourite thing about TAFC?

    Without a doubt the people and in my role I meet everyone. I also enjoy the opportunities to learn and develop. With the acquisition of the Dundalk site it’s great to be part of a bigger team. Working with people across the business I am involved in multi-functional teams which gives me a greater understanding of how the business operates and the opportunity to contribute to its success.

    What's your favourite dish?

    Our handmade samosas – delicious!

  • Michelle Carney

    I joined The Authentic Food Co. in 2007 and the time I have worked here has flown by as no two days are the same on reception. It's amazing how many roles you have to manage, from ensuring deliveries get through to site security, but I love being the first point of contact for people visiting or calling the company. It allows me to deal with a brilliant mix of people and queries as well as working with all the teams.

    Whats's your favourite thing about TAFC?

    This role gives you the opportunity to get to know all the directors and staff who you see on a daily basis as well as the suppliers and customers who visit site. The charity work I have been involved with has also offered some interesting and invaluable insights and experiences.

    What's your favourite dish?

    So many dishes it is difficult to name just one! I have narrowed it down to two - Thai Green Curry and Slow Cooked Chilli.

  • Joanne Ritter

    I joined Authentic in 2013 as a Technical Manager for both the Sharston and Stockport sites. I progressed into my current role on the purchasing team as a buyer of some of our key ingredients such as cream, garlic, ginger and chillies.

    What's your favourite thing about TAFC?

    The people here and working with suppliers to improve performance and drive innovation through our Supplier Performance Management programme.

    What's your favourite dish?

    So difficult! It's a hard choice between Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Samosas and our noodle products.

  • Sam Scott
    Quality and Compliance Manager

    I joined TAFC in May 2016 from being a technical manager at Simpsons Ready Foods. Originally I started as a Quality Manager, before progressing to my current role as Quality and Compliance Manager.

    My role involved dealing with all issues relating to quality and compliance – from customer complaints to factory audits.

    What's your favourite thing about TAFC?

    Working with an amazing team, coming to work is so much fun.

    What's your favourite dish?

    Chicken Makhani.

  • Aine McEneaney
    Production Supervisor

    I started in July 1993 as a general operator. I then moved to become a team leader, then supervisor. I have worked in many areas of our sites so have gained experience in all aspects of making our ready meals. I love food and previous to this I worked in a local delicatessen for 7 years.

    What's your favourite thing about TAFC?

    Love the people and I like working with the team to solve problems together.

    What's your favourite dish?

    Salmon and Broccoli Wedge Melt and Chicken and Lemon Risotto.

  • Carrie Moonan
    HR Advisor

    I joined Authentic in 2006 when I started covering reception. I then moved to QA admin and then onto Engineering Admin before moving into HR. I moved to my current role in 2012.

    What's your favourite thing about TAFC?

    I love that every day is different. Great people - there’s a real spirit of team work whenever we fund raise, no matter what the cause.

    What's your favourite dish?

    Chicken Madras.

  • Steve Bryant
    Operations Director

    I started as General Manager at our site in Dundalk and then got the opportunity to lead operations for the whole business. My background and experience is in chilled ready meal manufacturing.

    What's your favourite thing about TAFC?

    The people, the values, that it’s a family run business and we can empower the teams to deliver great products.

    What's your favourite dish?

    Mac 'n' Cheese with Chorizo.

  • Tom Lambe
    Control Systems Administrator

    I joined in 1997 when I started as maintenance technician on production and then moved to a PLC technician looking after the automation and controls. Now I’m over all of the automations, controls and instrumentation on site. A typical day is project work, trouble shooting and the upgrading of electrical controls.

    What's your favourite thing about TAFC?

    Lots of challenges in the role so I keep learning and I work with a great team.

    What's your favourite dish?

    Chicken Korma.