Leadership Changes at First Milk

Leadership Changes at First Milk

20th April 2015

The new CEO of First Milk has announced a number of changes to the senior leadership of the business. Mike Gallacher commented:

"These new appointments strengthen the First Milk leadership team as we move rapidly to improve the First Milk business performance. Kenny, Maureen and Paul bring high levels of leadership, drive and commercial experience to First Milk and will play key roles in delivering our turnaround plan for the business."

Mike Gallacher will be explaining the detail of this turnaround plan to First Milk's members at meetings that will take place during the first two weeks of May.

The new appointments in more detail are:

Kenny Bain takes up the role of First Milk's Operations Director with immediate effect. He will be responsible for all of First Milk's creameries and processing sites, its distribution network and supply chain partnerships.

Kenny is originally from the Isle of Lewis and has held senior roles in Food Manufacturing, Logistics and S&OP management, in Europe and Asia for companies such as Unilever and Mars. Since returning to the UK, Kenny has been Site General Manager for the Ryvita business in Poole, part of Associated British Foods. His focus will be on driving greater efficiency, quality and first class service for our customers with the clear objective of improving the returns which are passed back to our members.

Maureen Ross takes up the role of Group HR director with immediate effect, having previously held senior HR posts at Scottish Leather Group, Compass UK & Ireland, Barratt Developments and Santander. Maureen is an experienced HR Director with a strong record of improving business performance through people development, engendering a culture of business excellence. Maureen will be bringing to First Milk, highly effective transformational change management skills, which have been developed whilst working within FTSE 100 & 250 companies.

Paul Miley has taken on the role of Interim MD of First Milk's sports nutrition business - CNP with immediate effect. He will complete a strategic review of the company and lay out options for the next phase of the business's development.  Paul has worked in operations, marketing and finance roles for Mars, Michelin and ICI. Most recently, he has been consulting with firms looking to improve their performance in changing market places. Aligned with CNP's developing customer base, Paul is a keen sportsman who has previously rowed in the National Championships and competed in triathlons.


Attached photography (left to right):

  • Kenny Bain - Operations Director, First Milk
  • Maureen Ross - Group HR Director, First Milk
  • Paul Miley - Interim MD of CNP, First Milk's sports nutrition business
  • High res files available on request

Notes to editors

About First Milk

First Milk is the UK's only major dairy company, 100% owned by British farmers.  It supplies a wide range of dairy products and dairy ingredients to customers in both national and international markets including block cheeses, soft cheeses, raw milk, butter, skimmed milk powder, whey proteins and sports nutrition brands.

It is headquartered in Glasgow with seven manufacturing sites across England, Scotland and Wales.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Lee Truelove
head of communications
M: 07767 241507
E: leetruelove@firstmilk.co.uk

Sacha Boljevic
communications executive
M: 07984 349936
E: sachaboljevic@firstmilk.co.uk