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Ralph Bishop

Commercial Nutritionist

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Ralph Bishop

Commercial Nutritionist

Ralph joined the Premier poultry team in 2020, having gained significant experience working as a commercial nutritionist in the compound feed sector. His commercial and technical experience is used to support a range of poultry businesses, with particular consideration for practical and cost-effective performance driven solutions. As well as this, Ralph enjoys evaluating the influence of nutrition, management and additives on gut health and the development of new products.

E: ralph.bishop@premiernutrition.co.uk
M: +44(0)7718 976 017

Ruth Bishop

Senior Equine Nutritionist

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Ruth Bishop

Senior Equine Nutritionist

Ruth provides expert support to Premier Nutrition customers in areas such as product development, regulatory compliance and quality assurance, including NOPS management. She has also consulted for the BEF World Class Performance squads, is the author of the Horse Nutrition Bible, and wrote the Dr Ruth nutrition column in Horse and Hound for several years. Ruth is an active member of the UK BETA Feed Committee and is an acknowledged expert in the areas of claims and labelling, and Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances (NOPS).

E: ruth.bishop@premiernutrition.co.uk
M:​+44 (0)7711 191 105

Dr Phil Boyd

Pig Nutritionist (Export)

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Dr Phil Boyd

Pig Nutritionist (Export)

Phil has worked as a commercial nutritionist for over 25 years, spending a high proportion of that time providing technical support to Premier’s clients worldwide. Originally from a pig farming background, Phil has significant experience of large scale pig production, enjoys on-farm problem solving and the challenge of practically applying (and commercially evaluating) the latest research findings. Phil is responsible for managing, supporting and coordinating all technical activities in the pig sector for Premier’s exports.

E: phil.boyd@premiernutrition.co.uk
M:​+44 (0)7970 705 682

Nicola Davis

Quality Assurance Manager

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Nicola Davis

Quality Assurance Manager

Nicola is responsible for leading the quality function, site certification and quality management system.  She has over 20 years' experience in leading quality teams and in the implementation of processes in the food industry.  She is an expert in developing and implementing HACCP plans, and quality systems to fit with business and customer requirements.  Prior to joining Premier Nutrition in 2015, Nicola worked in a number of sectors, including poultry and dairy.  She is trained at Advanced HACCP level and as a Lead Auditor.

E: nicola.davis@premiernutrition.co.uk
T:+44 (0)1889 572 500

​Funmi Rachel Famoriyo

Regional Sales Manager (West Africa)

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​Funmi Rachel Famoriyo

Regional Sales Manager (West Africa)

Funmi manages Premier Nutrition’s growing business in West Africa. Since graduating from university with a degree in Food Science and Technology in 2004, Funmi has worked in the animal nutrition industry. Based in Nigeria, she provides local support to customers in West Africa, supported by the technical and nutrition teams in the UK. Funmi’s motivation is to help advance animal production in West Africa and she works closely with our customers to deliver great service.

E: funmi_famoriyo@premiernutrition.co.uk
T:​+234 8090 599979 / 8065 555185

Cara Freeston-Smith

Pet Nutrition Manager (Italy)

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Cara Freeston-Smith

Pet Nutrition Manager (Italy)

Cara started in the animal feed industry in 2000 after graduating from Nottingham University with a BSc (Hons) degree.

She worked for 5 years at an animal nutrition company as an Organic specialist and Product Manager, and then moved to Premier Nutrition in 2005.

Cara is based out in Italy where she manages the Italian office (Udine) where her roles include: nutritional advice and technical support, specialising in micronutrient additions, food formulations, premix formulations and labelling.

E: cara@premiernutrition.co.uk
M: +39 345 892 3860

Rob Halls

Commercial Manager, Pet & Equine

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Rob Halls

Commercial Manager, Pet & Equine

In 2015 Rob joined Premier Nutrition to head up the pet and equine divisions having previously held commercial management roles at Roquette UK Ltd for the last 10 years. He has extensive experience of selling and marketing into the pet food, equine, aquaculture, food and pharmaceutical sectors. Prior to his time at Roquette, Rob worked in the companion animal veterinary pharmaceutical industry for two top tier global pharmaceutical companies.

Rob works closely with the pet and equine teams to maximise customer benefit from the nutritional solutions available to pet food manufacturers across Europe.

He was awarded a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from The University of Hull and an MSc from Imperial College.

E: rob.halls@premiernutrition.co.uk
M: +44 (0)7701 280 833

Roy Hayes

International Sales Manager

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Roy Hayes

International Sales Manager

Responsible for commercial activity in Central and Eastern Europe, Roy has worked successfully in developing exports of piglet feeds and premix for over 28 years. He has travelled the world gaining experience in many different production systems, but now concentrates his time and efforts in Central / Eastern European countries.

Roy started his career managing intensive pig units for 14 years and still gets a great deal of satisfaction when customers implement his advice, and that of his technical colleagues, and see the improvements this advice brings in the performance of their stock (and profits).

E: roy.hayes@premiernutrition.co.uk
M: +44 (0)7766 132 291

Sarah Johnson

Pig Nutritionist

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Sarah Johnson

Pig Nutritionist

Sarah has worked at Premier Nutrition for nearly 20 years and graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Animal Science in 2017. Sarah's expertise covers feed and premix formulation, technical support, IT and customer service.

Sarah provides support to the home mix team, ensuring customers meet their production objectives with a recommended feeding programme and works alongside Stuart Rowley co-ordinating sales of straights and starter feeds to home mix customers.

E: sarah.johnson@premiernutrition.co.uk
M: +44 (0)7812 099 514

Alan Johnston

Head of Commercial - Farm Animal

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Alan Johnston

Head of Commercial - Farm Animal

Alan joined Premier Nutrition in January 2019 to develop new business and support our existing customers throughout Ireland.

Alan has worked in the animal feed business in Ireland for over 22 years and has served two terms as President of the Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association. He has a vast knowledge of the feed sector and extensive experience in ruminant and poultry production from working at Moy Park in a senior agriculture role. His trusted reputation and established links in the Irish feed business’ means that he can fully support and appreciate the needs and wants of a customer.

E: Alan.Johnston@premiernutrition.co.uk
M: +44 (0)7541 968 537

Alex Kemp

Commercial Nutritionist

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Alex Kemp

Commercial Nutritionist

Alex joined Premier Nutrition in 2021 as a Commercial Nutritionist after completion of his PhD from Nottingham Trent University focusing on the skeletal health of laying hens. His research experience can be relied upon within the team to disseminate new, upcoming work in the industry whilst gaining more experience as a nutritionist to best support a range of poultry businesses.

Alex enjoys exploring relevant research to see how this can be incorporated into commercial practice and has a keen interest in fancy fowl/show breeds.

E: alex.kemp@premiernutrition.co.uk
M: +44 (0)7801 968 050

Eloise Lawlor

Poultry Nutritionist

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Eloise Lawlor

Poultry Nutritionist

Eloise joined Premier Nutrition in 2016 after graduating from the University of Nottingham with an MSc in Animal Nutrition. Throughout her time at Premier, Eloise has gained experience in both the Technical and Quality teams. She now provides technical and nutritional support for poultry customers, specialising in QC analysis and labelling.

E: eloise.lawlor@premiernutrition.co.uk
M: +44 (0)7801 894 848

Dr Donald Lawson

Ruminant Nutritionist

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Dr Donald Lawson

Ruminant Nutritionist

Having graduated from the University of Aberdeen and gained a PhD from the University of Glasgow, Donald now has more than 25 years’ experience in ruminant nutrition within the compound feed and premix industries. He is a BSAS Certified Animal Technologist and a Cow Signals Master Trainer.

Donald’s interest in the application of latest research in feeding high yielding dairy cows enables him to transfer scientific study into practical on-farm nutrition and management advice for customers. Donald is responsible for the supplement business in Scotland and the North of England.

E: donald.lawson@premiernutrition.co.uk
M:​+44 (0)7779 114 078

Clare McCafferty

Equine Nutritionist

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Clare McCafferty

Equine Nutritionist

Clare joined the business in 2015 as a support nutritionist in the technical team. Previous to this Clare had been a dairy farm hand for 7 months and a groom at her local riding yard for 10 years previous. Clare graduated from the University of Glasgow and SRUC in 2014 with a BSc(Hons) in Applied Animal Science. Clare’s areas of expertise are formulations, product design, NOPs, equine nutrition, labelling and legislation. She is also an R-SQP, has HACCP intermediate 3 qualifications and is FAR registered.

E: clare.mccafferty@premiernutrition.co.uk
T: =44 (0)7525 141 059

Andrew Miller

Pet Nutritionist

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Andrew Miller

Pet Nutritionist

Dr Andrew Miller joined Premier Nutrition in 2010, having worked for 9 years at The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition (Mars Pet Care) where he managed a diverse range of pet nutrition research projects and gained a broad experience of applied research and development across wet and dry product formats.

Andrew has particular expert knowledge and interest in palatability, digestibility, cat and dog nutrition, physiology and metabolism. He was awarded a BSc (Hons) and PhD in Animal Sciences by The University of Nottingham specialising in mono gastric nutrition, physiology and biochemistry.

Andrew is heavily involved in the PFMA, being a member of the Small Animal committee and Vice Chair of the Veterinary Nutrition and Review committee.

E: andrew.miller@premiernutrition.co.uk
M: +44 (0)7969 246 642

Ashley Morris

Commercial Nutritionist

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Ashley Morris

Commercial Nutritionist

Ashley joined Premier Nutrition in 2017 as a TMS assessor, she went on to manage the service as specialist in transition in 2020 and has since diversified further as Commercial Ruminant Nutritionist. Ashley gained a BSc (Hons) Animal Science from Writtle University College in 2015 and is registered with FAR, ROSA (Associate) and Cow Signals (Advisor).  

Ashley has a strong reputation of leading the way with dairy cow transition with practical and technical on-farm and nutrition management advice for our customers. In her spare time, she runs a flock of Pedigree Blue Texel’s and a small commercial flock and is keen to transfer her skills further for our ovine customers.

E: Ashley.morris@premiernutrition.co.uk
M:+44 (0)7808 888 533

John Murphy

Commercial Pig Nutritionist

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John Murphy

Commercial Pig Nutritionist

John completed an MSc in Animal Nutrition at Sutton Bonington, University of Nottingham and has worked in a specialist piglet role since 2015.  He is now focused on commercial and technical support the home mix sector.  John is interested in all aspects of pig nutrition and production, especially performance benchmarking and on-farm trial work, assisting customers to collect and interpret the data to make informed decisions for future pig production.

E: john.murphy@premiernutrition.co.uk
M: +44 (0)7711 192 198

Chloe Poolman

Pet Nutritionist

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Chloe Poolman

Pet Nutritionist

Chloe joined Premier Nutrition in 2019 as a Support Nutritionist after graduating from Harper Adams University with a BSc (Hons) in Bioveterinary Science. Previous to this, Chloe completed a placement year with a leading feed additive business.

Chloe joined the Pet Team in 2021 to provide technical and nutritional support alongside legislation and labelling advice. Chloe is FAR registered and also a Registered Animal Medicine Advisor – category R.

E: chloe.poolman@premiernutrition.co.uk
M: +44 (0)7892 780 264

Steve Pritchard

Poultry Nutritionist

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Steve Pritchard

Poultry Nutritionist

Steve heads up the vastly experienced Poultry Team. He has worked as a commercial nutritionist for over 25 years and uses his expertise to help provide in-depth nutrition support for a wide range of poultry businesses with particular emphasis on cost effective performance. In addition to this, he has a special interest in working with customers on new product development and the interaction of poultry products with human nutrition and health.

E: steve.pritchard@premiernutrition.co.uk
M: ​+44 (0)7802 196 711

Jane Ratcliffe

Technical Services Manager

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Jane Ratcliffe

Technical Services Manager

Jane joined the Premier Nutrition team in 2010. Before then Jane was the senior technical advisor for another animal nutrition company for 18 years. In 1991 she graduated from the University of Newcastle with a BSc(Hons) in Agriculture, Biochemistry and Nutrition. Jane’s areas of expertise are: EU legislation, Labelling, Formulations and raw material approval legislation. She is also a qualified SQP, has HACCP intermediate 3 and lead auditor qualifications and is FAR registered.

E: jane.ratcliffe@premiernutrition.co.uk
T:​+44 (0)1889 572 525

Kate Robinson

International Business Manager

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Kate Robinson

International Business Manager

Kate has overall responsibility for the International Shipping Team and commercial responsibility for AME region.

Kate has worked in international trade for the last 15 years, starting in shipping and moving into commercial responsibilities soon after joining Premier Nutrition. Travelling regularly to Africa and the Middle East, she has good local knowledge of these markets and is supported by the technical and nutrition teams. Kate is passionate about providing Premier’s customers with the very best experience, from the quality of the product to the service they receive.

E: kate.robinson@premiernutrition.co.uk
M:​+44 (0)7791 122 158

Stuart Rowley

Business Manager

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Stuart Rowley

Business Manager

Stuart has worked in the livestock industry for over 35 years, gaining experience in livestock marketing, trading, sales and scheme management.

Since joining Premier Nutrition, he has developed the home mix business, providing nutritional support for customers and supplying premix, starter feeds, and straights.

With his strong customer focus and account management skills, Stuart now leads the growing on-farm home mix division, supported by a team of experienced commercial nutritionists.

E: stuart.rowley@premiernutrition.co.uk
M: +44 (0)7718 909 774

Dr Lorraine Salmon

Pig Nutritionist

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Dr Lorraine Salmon

Pig Nutritionist

Lorraine has worked in the feed industry for 20 years after graduating from Harper Adams with a degree in Agriculture with Animal Science. Following a stint in industry, she went on to complete a PhD at Newcastle University examining Behaviour and Meat Taint in Heavy Pigs.

Working as a technical nutritionist and research scientist, with a practical on-farm approach, she ensures both scientific and on-farm trial data are evaluated to confirm that concepts and new products are practically applicable and commercially correct.

Lorraine is a member of AIC’s (Allied Industries Confederation) Feed Advisors Register.

E: lorraine.salmon@premiernutrition.co.uk
M: +44 (0)7891 300 391

Michelle Sprent

Pig Nutritionist

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Michelle Sprent

Pig Nutritionist

Michelle has worked as a commercial pig nutritionist for nearly 20 years. The early part of her career was spent specialising in piglet nutrition supporting the export sales team, which gave her extensive experience of pig production around the world.

Since joining Premier in 2010 Michelle has worked closely with Stuart Rowley, looking after UK home mix clients providing both nutrition and production support. She especially likes working with producers using liquid co-products. Michelle also provides technical support to a compound feed customer in South Korea.

On account of her interest in co-products and unusual raw materials, in 2013 & 2014 Michelle completed a Nuffield Scholarship investigating what the future holds for feed ingredients. Michelle is also a member of AIC’s (Allied Industries Confederation) Feed Advisors Register.

E: michelle.sprent@premiernutrition.co.uk
M: +44 (0)7875 646 064

Sam Wootton

Pig Nutritionist

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Sam Wootton

Pig Nutritionist

E: sam.wootton@premiernutrition.co.uk
M: +44 (0)7540 333 009

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