Lee Bladon Food Industry Consultant & Interim Manager

Lee Bladon: Technical Consultant & Interim Manager

My name is Lee Bladon and I am a self-employed Technical Consultant to the food industry. I have a first class honours degree in Food Quality Management, Postgraduate Certificates in HACCP and Coaching, 18 years experience and a proven track record as a consultant and interim manager in the food industry.

I am experienced in almost every aspect of the food industry from Food Technologist to QA Manager to Operations Manager, but I specialise in Specification Writing and designing and implementing Food Safety & Quality Management Systems. I am also a natural trainier, coach and mentor - with the aim of giving your staff the required skills and confidence to perform their roles more effectively.


  • Interim Technical and Quality Management Support.
  • Food Safety & Quality Management Systems Design and Development.
  • Retailer Specification Writing and Labelling Legislation.
  • Project Management.

Key Skills

  • An experienced Interim Technical Manager, Quality Manager, QA Manager, Specifications Manager, Project Manager and Food Technologist.
  • A hands-on manager with a pro-active, solution-focussed approach to food safety and quality management systems improvement.
  • An expert in developing effective HACCP, BRC & EFSIS quality systems.
  • Expert guidance on RSPO Certification and sustainable palm oil.
  • Excellent knowledge of retailer specifications and associated websites and software, including: Aspect, TTL, Inspire, Enterprise, FIND, WRSpec, etc.
  • A versatile, efficient and focussed team player with good people and project management skills.
  • A natural leader who likes to bring out the best in others and help develop their abilities.
  • A strong work ethic with a passion for providing first class service.
  • Excellent project management and change management skills.
  • Available for consultancy work or interim roles (max 4 days per week).


I have worked for a diverse range of food manufacturers and have experience of many different food groups including: fresh cream cakes, sandwiches, salads, meat, seafood, ready meals, dairy, bakery, sauces, food ingredients, ready-to-eat, ambient, chilled and frozen.

  • Clients include:
  • R&R Ice Cream
  • Vale of Mowbray
  • Laurens Patisseries (Bakkavor)
  • Daily Bread (Hain Daniels)
  • Cumbrian Seafoods
  • Apetito / Wiltshire Farm Foods
  • Grampian Country Foods (Vion)
  • Rich Complements
  • Cavaghan & Gray (Northern Foods)
  • Pro-Pak
  • Uniq Prepared Foods
  • QSA / Agentrics
  • RF Brookes
  • RWI Catering
  • Hazlewood Foods (Greencore)
  • Merck
  • MH Foods
  • Avance Bakeries (Primebake)
  • Manor Bakeries
  • Esso Petroleum
  • Ryvita


Availability: Unavailable!

I am not currently available for interim work or consultancy.

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Typical Rates

Interim management and consultancy services from £300 to £500 per day (plus expenses), depending on the type of work and length of contract.

Contracting my services directly saves you the additional commission that you would typically pay when sourcing an interim manager or consultant through a recruitment agency.

Operational Area

My operational area includes: Beds, Bucks, Cambs, Herts and Northants.

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