Family crisp producer expands senior team

UK crisp producer, Fairfields Farm, has appointed David Nairn as the company’s new Non-Executive Director, while promoting Tash Jones to Commercial Director, after seeing its business grow by more than 50% in recent years. 

Having formerly served as Managing Director of Burts Snacks, David has a wealth of knowledge in the industry and will be supporting the executive team. 

Fairfields Farm saw business turnover grow by 56% between 2022 and 2023.
David Nairn says: “I have been working in the snack category for a long time and certainly admired Fairfields Farm from afar. It’s a good, solid business with an exciting strategy and strong core values, so I feel extremely privileged to be joining the team. I very much look forward to helping the business reach new heights.”
Tash Jones is joining the board having been promoted from Head of Marketing & NPD. In her new role, Tash will oversee the sales and marketing strategy.
With previous experience at Kettle Chips, Tash first joined the Fairfields Farm team in April 2021. “I’m so proud of how far the brand has come and look forward to helping drive Fairfields Farm forward,” she said.
Co-founder Robert Strathern said: “I’d like to welcome David to the team, and I’m confident that his considerable experience and expertise in the fast-growing snacks business will help us to achieve our growth goals here at Fairfields Farm. I equally would like to congratulate Tash on her new appointment as Commercial Director. The board has big upcoming ideas and plans, and Tash has already proven herself to be an asset. She will certainly play a key role in helping us to develop the business, particularly at a time when we are accelerating at such a rapid pace.”
Fairfields Farm is situated in Wormingford, near Colchester. The families of co-founders Laura and Robert Strathern have been growing potatoes for three generations and set out to launch their own hand-cooked, farm-fresh crisps in 2006. These are now available in eight different flavours, stocked in East of England Co-op and Chelmsford Star stores, as well as numerous independent retailers, farm shops, pubs, cafés and attractions across the country.

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