Position: Lead Consultant
Location: Hampshire

Gareth's expertise is marketing and retail, combining sound research and deep knowledge of the food and foodservice sector with a creative approach that has helped his clients to achieve their goals - and more. After building a successful career in blue-chip companies working on major brand revivals all of which are still household names, he started his own marketing and communications business. Coming from a farming background, Gareth was among the first to realise that local food would become significant. Over the past 20 years he has helped hundreds of farmers to achieve successful retail and foodservice businesses as well as negotiate superb terms for essential business tools such as card merchanting.

Position: Creative Consultant
Location: Hampshire

Rita is a gifted writer who is able to produce communications for a variety of formats and in any tone of voice. With a background in public relations at the Debenham Group and Burson Marsteller, she has been a speech writer, produced corporate brochures, written about seasonal foods in her own column in The Times, written and edited a magazine for a trade association and produced hundreds of published articles. Her output ranges from press releases to training manuals, conference & event organisation and publicity campaigns: her booklet '21 Reasons to be excited about local foods' was reprinted four times with over million copies distributed.

Position: Technical Consultant
Location: Hampshire

Huw is highly creative and very logical, a mix that produces first class problem-solving abilities which he has put to excellent use for Retail Netwerks clients. He designed and led a research programme to assess 200 individual farmers' markets in the UK, funded by the Big Lottery, and has been invited to replicate the work in other countries. He has also innovated a unique, cost-effective research technique for use at farm shops, with impressive results for clients. With his excellent CAD and graphics skills, Huw has designed highly successful retail, restaurant and production kitchen layouts, plus innovative marketing campaigns, branding and published work as well as websites for B-2-B and consumer-facing businesses.

Position: Events & Horticulture Consultant
Location: Hampshire

Farming on three sites, running a successful farm shop, and working as Horticultural Consultant to award winning restaurants in the South, Ian has proved himself highly versatile and energetic. He has years of experience in running large scale consumer events, from farmers' markets to large scale music festivals, cookery demonstrations and more. Ian is passionate about the local food sector and the environment.

Position: Qualitative Researcher
Location: Oxfordshire

Mary delivers insight into how consumers interact with brands, products, places, ideas, in the context of their lives. Mary specialises in psychological and qualititve research into advertising and communication, behaviour change, brand development, customer insight, product and service development, and brand reputation.

Position: Business Rates Specialist
Location: Gloucestershire

Commercial Property Consultant including Business Rates advice, Valuation, Landlord and Tenant, consultancy to GP Partnerships, Property Acquisitions, and Expert Witness. Guy specialises in reducing business rates for established businesses.

Position: PR Specialist
Location: Hampshire

Laura is a thinker, a doer, a writer, a PR professional, an events co-ordinator, and a qualified chef, with a passion for excellence in communication that will help businesses to flourish. Laura has a broad range of organisational and writing experience: event management, training days, feature articles for both consumer and industry press, marketing materials, press releases, membership handbooks, industry awards’ brochures, written website and social media content.

Position: Foodservice Consultant
Location: Yorkshire

Stephanie is a recognised figure on the Yorkshire food scene and has many accolades to her credit… Yorkshire Life magazine Chef of the Year, Deliciously Yorkshire Champion, and most recently a Bronze medal winner in the National 2010 British Culinary Federation Chef of the Year Competition. Stephanie has also made appearances on both radio and television including Channel 5 "Street Market Chefs 2010" and representing the North East on BBC2’s Great British Menu 2011.