Let's start at the beginning. How did you get into baking?
While I attended school at the age of 13, I worked at a local Craft Baker in Scotland assisting the baker with labouring tasks. The main objective was to earn money at that stage I had no interest I getting involved in a career in Baking. I did this until I left school at 17.
So how long have you been involved in the baking industry?
I spent 8 years in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) market selling into the grocery trade. I gained lots of knowledge due to the excellent training I received. In 1981 I was offered a position with Bakels in Scotland. I have worked in numerous positions with them for 40 years
What is your favourite baked product and why?
I do enjoy a Scotch Pie, probably because it was a product I was brought up with as a youngster living in Scotland. I really appreciate enjoying a good one when I visit Scotland as they are not readily available in England. I have been invited to judge in the annual World Scotch Pie Championships on a couple of occasions which is an enjoyable experience.
What advice would you give to someone starting a career in the baking industry?
What has been your proudest achievement so far?
A huge thanks to Keith for answering all of the questions and I think we can agree that we are lucky to have him as our President. We will be asking other members of the committee questions soon, so if you have any that you would like to add, then get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Bakery students from around the UK and Ireland sharing their experiences