Speed mentoring

This is a unique opportunity to have your burning business questions answered by experts from industry heavyweights Associated British Foods (owners of Dorset Cereals, Ryvita, Twinings, Ovaltine, Silver Spoon and Jordans who have £15.4bn of retails sales, 133,000 employees and operations in 50 countries across Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia).

Spend 5 minutes, one-on-one, with any or all of the mentors below and take advantage of their industry knowledge, insight, contacts and experience.

  • Pick the brains of top industry expert in 5 minute blasts

  • Solve the HR, PR, finance, business development, or NPD issue that is holding back your business

  • Get an expert feedback on your idea

  • Make invaluable industry contacts


Gareth Fendick, Director of Talent & Organisation Development

Areas of expertise: People, Talent, Development, Organisation design, Incentives

Gareth began his career at Ford where he worked in HR and was a an Employee Relations Officer.  Later, Gareth made his leap to food when he began to work at Nestle in a number of senior HR roles.  Gareth joined ABF as HR Director at Jordans & Ryvita in 2013. At ABF, Gareth is currently responsible for Talent and Organisational Development for the Grocery Division including team building, succession planning, performance assessment, and incentive programmes.

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Nathan Herrmann, Director of Finance & Business Development

Areas of expertise: Strategy, Business Dev (M&A), Retail buying, Brand positioning

Nathan has a background in strategy consulting where he worked at McKinsey.  Nathan has also held a number of senior roles in retail including Selfridges, where he ran the Food & Restaurant division, and Sainsbury’s, where he was responsible for new developments including new format and concession trials. At ABF, Nathan is responsible for the defining the strategic direction of the Grocery Group, leading business development initiatives, and ensuring delivery of the Group’s financial goals.

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Janene Warsap, Director of Marketing Excellence

Areas of expertise: Marketing Strategy, Brand positioning, Consumer Insight, Communications & Media, Innovation & NPD

Janene began her career working as a brand manager in a petfoods business.  She has since held a number of senior marketing roles in a number of consumer goods businesses including Kerry Foods and RHM. She joined Allied Bakeries in 2010 as Head of Innovation and later became Marketing Director. At ABF, Janene currently is responsible for driving marketing best practices across our business, helping to drive our Innovation and NPD agendas, and helping deliver new marketing initiatives.


David Webster, Director of Sustainability & External Affairs

Areas of expertise: PR, CSR, Sustainability, Nutrition and Health

David began his career in marketing at Unilever.  In 2005, he became Head of PR at Jordans Cereals.  After Jordan’s acquisition by ABF, David began to take on an increasingly broader role covering more brands and including sustainability and CSR in his remit. At ABF, David is responsible for engaging with external bodies to help drive our business agenda and ensuring the sustainability of our products and offer.

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Darren Clark, Financial Controller

Areas of expertise: Finance, Capital, Tax, Accounting, Financial Systems

Darren began his career at Laura Ashley where he qualified as an accountant.  Darren has also worked as a visual basic programmer for ABN Amro helping develop bespoke financial systems.  In 2004, he joined ABF as Group Systems Accountant where he was responsible for implementing the ABF Group consolidation system.  In 2007, Darren became financial controller for Ryvita and after the acquisition of Jordans, the combined Jordans Ryvita company. At ABF, Darren is responsible for financial controls, management and statutory reporting and accounting and implementation of required regulatory changes.

how it will work

  1. Apply to ask your questions to any one of our mentors here.

  2. We will confirm that your slots is secured by Wednesday the 3rd of October.

  3. Turn up at the GROWTH LAB Powered By Associated British Food on Friday the 5th of October at 11am.

  4. You have 5-10 minutes with each of the mentors that you request to see.

  5. You must have a ticket to Friday's Bread & Jam to apply.