At the very top of this dynamic sector, you’ll find our executive search team, supporting a diverse range of organisations through the challenges they face. At Eden we have a rich history of partnering with world-leading food businesses across the breadth of the industry from integrated food producers like Pilgrim UK through to those leading the the plant-based and cultured meat revolution like Ivy Farm. We are experts at building teams of inspiring, tenacious professionals, who can lead, manage and motivate. We work across all aspects of operations, along the length of the global food supply chain; utilising our vast network across the food and farming sector, we understand the key factors affecting the industry.

 

Our clients include private equity-backed, big brand, household names and leading retailers. We also work with smaller trailblazing craft businesses, which are growing fast and taking over pockets of the food industry, both in the UK and Internationally. In all camps, our experience is invaluable. Collaborating long-term with businesses as they scale, integrate or acquire other companies allows us to remain a proactive partner; an objective supplier that can identify and present leadership talent that will match strategic objectives now – and in the future.

If you’re looking to appoint a new person to your leadership or management team, get in touch with one our food executive search consultants.

 

Our specialists

David Macaulay

As Founder and Managing Director of Eden, David has spent his entire career working with a diverse range of businesses in the food and agritech ector – supporting their strategic objectives and helping them recruit and retain Non Exec and C-suite leaders.
During this time, he has developed a deep understanding of the industry and the skills and attributes required by businesses to deliver high performing board and executive teams. Results-driven, David’s personal values of industry insight and integrity have delivered numerous successful projects and established Eden as the executive search partner of choice. David’s industry experience is deep rooted, having grown up on the family farm in Essex, which he remains actively involved in as a Partner.

 

George Christoudias

George has worked his entire career in the food industry, covering areas of chilled convenience, fresh produce and also branded pet food, working at a senior board level for fresh food and FMCG giants such as Bakkavor, Mars Inc. and Branston Ltd.

George has been central to delivering industry benchmark category and customer first approaches to retail relationships, bringing insight led, innovative food concepts and store experiences to market, delivering mutual sales and profit growth plans with key customers, including profit and category turnaround plans, whilst leading and developing high performing, cross functional teams.

At Eden, George is utilising his deep sector insight and knowledge, alongside our unique approach, to successfully deliver executive search assignments and talent solutions for the global food sector.

David Macaulay
Managing Director

David Macaulay

Managing Director

As Founder and Managing Director of Eden Search & Select, David has spent his career working with a diverse range of businesses in the food and farming sectors – supporting their strategy and helping them recruit and retain Directors and Senior Managers. During this time, he has developed a deep understanding of the industry and the skills and attributes required by businesses to deliver high performing board and executive teams. This experience and track record has made him a credible sounding board on succession planning for both his clients and industry peers. Results-driven, David’s personal values of industry insight and integrity have delivered numerous successful projects and established Eden Search & Select as the executive search partner of choice for leading companies in the fresh food, food and drink, food manufacturing and farming sectors. David’s industry experience is deep rooted, having grown up on the family farm in Essex, which he remains actively involved in.

George Christoudias
Associate Director

George Christoudias

Associate Director

George has worked his entire career in the food industry, covering areas of chilled convenience, fresh produce and also branded pet food, working at a senior board level for fresh food and FMCG giants such as Bakkavor, Mars Inc. and Branston Ltd.  A Marketing graduate, George progressed rapidly upon entering the industry through category and commercial roles, taking responsibility of large, strategic retail accounts early in his career and at 30 years of age, was appointed Sales Director, displaying his people development and leadership ability, alongside his strategic agility and commercial acumen

Across the Food sector, George has been central to delivering industry benchmark category and customer first approaches to retail relationships, bringing insight led, innovative food concepts and store experiences to market, delivering mutual sales and profit growth plans with key customers, including profit and category turnaround plans, whilst leading and developing high performing, cross functional teams.  Within the Produce Sector George has championed the sustainability agenda, uniting agricultural and buying teams to evolve long term retail and supplier buying models and more recently establishing a new business division, now the largest in the UK of its kind, to utilise waste streams within the retail manufacturing supply chain.

At Eden, George is utilising his deep sector insight and knowledge, alongside our unique approach, to successfully deliver executive search assignments and talent solutions for a diverse range of Food and Drink businesses.

Case studies

Pilgrim’s

Agriculture Director

Pilgrim’s UK is one of the flagship food businesses in the UK and part of Pilgrim’s Pride which also own Moy Park and Pilgrim’s Food Masters.

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Innocent Drinks

Head of Operations

Innocent Drinks is one of the most famous success stories within the UK consumer sector in the last 20 years with an iconic brand and culture that has allowed the business to grow year on year.

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Ivy Farm

Ivy Farm

They way we produce and consume food needs to change. Driven by contributing to a more sustainable future through innovation and science, Ivy Farm are a spin out from the University of Oxford with a mission of being able to provide meat products without the need for animal slaughter.

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Ramsden International

Sales Director

Ramsden International is a leading exporter of British food and drink from the UK and sells products to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in 133 countries across the world.

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Green Gourmet

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.

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