Meet the family
Our Managing Directors
Hannah Shipton - Abel & Cole
Hannah was appointed Managing Director of Abel Cole in October 2016. With a background in retail management, Hannah joined our organic online retailer in 2006.
Since then she has led the customer service team, run sales and marketing as a director and has been MD since 2016.
Hannah is hugely passionate about our Abel & Cole brand and is leading the business to delight customers with an exciting and innovative product range and a fantastic shopping experience.
Dorian Hiles - Jacksons
Dorian Hiles joined us as Managing Director for Jacksons in January 2020.
He came to us from Greggs where he was Head of Manufacturing, Operations and Logistics for 12 years and was responsible for successfully shaping the business’s manufacturing processes across multiple sites. Prior to this he held several senior positions for Cumbria Seafoods, McCain Foods and Findus.
Jill Martin - Wellocks
Jill Martin joined Wellocks in January 2019 as Chief Operating Officer and became MD of the business in June 2019.
She has more than 20 years’ experience in the food industry and in addition to working as Finance Director in our bakery Jacksons and MyFresh, she’s also worked for Warburtons, Tyrells and United Biscuits.
David Balmer - Belazu
David joined our Group in 2016 initially as Buying Director of our online organic retailer Abel & Cole, later expanding his role to become Buying, Technical & Supply Chain Director at the business. In October 2020 David was appointed as Managing Director of Belazu.
David has a background in the organic food sector previously working at Daylesford Organic Farm, Gloucestershire and before that Marks & Spencer where after starting on their graduate management programme as a Food Technologist he moved into buying and category management roles in the Food to Go.
Fraser Parramint - MyFresh
Fraser joined our MyFresh business in October 2018 as Interim Commercial Director. He was appointed Managing Director in March 2019.
Fraser has spent more than 20 years in the food industry, having previously worked in senior commercial roles for Byron Burger, Marks & Spencer and The Restaurant Group.
Miguel Robles - WJFG Europe
Miguel has worked for our businesses for almost 20 years, initially sourcing produce for our salad operation Hazeldene in Wigan.
In 2012 we opened our Spanish office and Miguel became MD of our operations in Spain which now sources brilliant fresh produce for Abel & Cole, Wellocks and MyFresh.