Managing Director


Green Gourmet creates dynamic and healthy eating food brands and supplies a large range of high welfare meal solutions for UK food service markets driven with a constant focus on delivering creative, trusted and responsive innovation to its customers. This is recognised globally as they won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2017 – the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

Green Gourmet chose to work with Eden Search & Select due to the combination of deep rooted food & drink sector specialism and unique track record in delivering leadership talent for privately owned businesses.

Given the growth ambitions of the business, its strong tradition in innovation and unique ‘foodie’ focused culture Eden Search & Select was tasked to find an individual with the professional experience to lead a commercially focused strategy within a highly dynamic, fast paced, entrepreneurial business. The successful candidate also needed to have the right personal values and cultural fit to be successful within a privately owned business building a strong relationship with an entrepreneurial Owner and CEO whilst leading a dedicated and exceptionally high performing leadership team.

We decided to work with Eden Search & Select due to their extensive knowledge of the foodservice sector and their personal and flexible approach to recruitment.  It was critical for the continued growth of our business to get this recruitment right and bring on board a strong Managing Director to lead our team and deliver the strategy.  Both David and Darren took time to understand our requirements and the culture of our business in detail to ensure that the candidates shortlisted matched our needs closely and resulted in success. They work in an open and honest way which matches our business values and made for a great working relationship. We wouldn’t hesitate to work with them again.
Caroline Barnes, Head of Human Resources

Our approach

Eden Search & Select embarked on an extensive talent identification and engagement process within the UK foodservice sectors targeting Commercial and Managing Director professionals with the skill set and ambition to deliver for the Board & Shareholders. Our project team, consisting of our Head of Research and Managing Director, worked together closely, to deliver the key stages: identification, screening, assessment and validation. This approach delivered a shortlist of five highly credible and suitable candidates which were interviewed with two invited back for 2nd stage with one candidate standing out.

The results

The successful candidate has worked quickly to integrate themselves into the unique culture of the business leading strategy planning and commercial workshops to engage the team around a core vision. The appointment has also given the business excellent commercial leadership and allowed the Owner and CEO to focus on strategic projects at a time of unprecedented challenges within the dynamic food service sector.

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