Paul Rowe, General Manager, Manufacturing
Election of Local Representatives Reminder
he Local Representative elections will be held for the districts set out below on 26 February 2010. The Board will receive nominations of candidates for these elections addressed to: The Company Secretary, First Milk Limited, Cirrus House, Glasgow Airport Business Park, Marchburn Drive, Paisley, PA3 2SJ, to arrive no later than 3pm on 29 January 2010. For further information and a nomination form, please contact Nayar Hussain, legal administrator on 0141 847 6883.
Election Districts District Number District Name District 1: Kintyre, Cowal & Islands District 4: Mid Ayrshire District 6: Stranraer District 10: West Cumbria District 12: Mid & South Cumbria District 21: Gwent & Glamorgan District 23: Shrops, Montgomery & W Worcester District 25: North East Midlands District 27: Wiltshire & South Oxfordshire
Local Representative Robert Millar Willie Campbell Hugh Parker Cathryn Pritt Steve Dunning Clive Prichard Roger Evans Richard Hollingsworth Joe Collingborn
Timetable 29 January 5 February 5 February 26 February 1 March
Deadline for return of nomination forms which must be signed by at least ten members. Deadline for candidates to withdraw their nomination. Voting papers dispatched to members in any district where there are two or more candidates and an election is to be held. Deadline for return of voting papers. Successful candidates notified. New or re-elected Local Representatives take office.
traightTalk has launched a new feature to inform members about our people. This month, StraightTalk caught up with Paul Rowe to get an insight into his role as General Manager of Manufacturing. "My role is General Manager of Manufacturing and I lead a team covering manufacturing at our cheese packing plant and specialist dairy ingredients operation near Wrexham, plus the five creamery sites across the UK. In addition, I have responsibility for Safety, Health & Environmental (SHE) Management across the group. I have responsibility for 450 employees, which covers just under 75% of people in the business.
"The job requires me to get the right balance between developing and motivating the site managers to run their own unit, alongside pulling all this together to ensure we have common standards and practices across all our locations. I am helped by the fact that I have a team of people who are not only willing and able to take on board responsibility, but also passionate about improving the performance of our factories. "We are all currently working on a range of plans to improve the profitability of our cheese division. This means that we have a number of projects on our plate and we have to deliver them all at pace as part of the chairman's 30/60/90 day plans. "A good example of the speed at which we are moving is at our specialist dairy ingredients operation. We announced proposals to close the whey processing operation there at the start of November; we have just completed employee consultations, and will close the operation in early January. The business will get a significant financial benefit from this new route. "In addition, we introduced flexible working at our cheese packing plant which gives us the ability to call on people when we need them. The Unions worked with us to implement this and is has made a big difference at the site where we have halved employee numbers over the last two years. "I also have a number of longer-term strategic projects as part of my role. For instance, earlier this year I worked with Tesco and the Scottish Government to secure funding for a new creamery at Campbeltown. I am still involved in the ongoing liaison with Tesco as we work through the public consultation and planning process with the local council. Theend result will be a new creamery that is cheaper to run and more environmentally and customer-friendly."