Meet The Team

Meet some of the talented project managers and project engineers who are Protolan.

Our close-knit, multidisciplinary team of innovative and technically aware professionals are known not only for our specialist solutions but also our approach to business and delivering your projects.

We believe in new talent.

We are constantly looking for the next generation of talent to keep Protolan at its best. We want people with fresh ideas, who ultimately want a career in the food and drink industry.

If you think that is you, get in touch.

Richard Whittle – Director

Richard is an energetic and dynamic Director of Protolan. With over 16 years experience in the food industry, Richard understands the challenging aspects of delivering effective process management solutions and identifying innovation amongst businesses operating in the food and beverage sector.

Richard has strong communication skills and business acumen which is supported by his ability to work with diverse clients and stakeholders. He has established a successful career working with blue chip FMCG companies delivering strategic and technical advice across a range of sectors. Richard has a remarkable knowledge and passion for the food industry.

Richard leads a close knit, multi-disciplinary team of innovative and technologically advanced professionals to deliver manufacturing excellence to the food industry. Under his guidance, the team deliver multi-faceted capital projects resolving equipment, process, building and engineering challenges for Protolan’s clients.

Key skills: Project Management, Process Management, Technical Knowledge base, Process Awareness across multiple industry sectors, Change Management.

Industry Sectors: Bakery, Meat, Desserts, Soups, Salads, Sauces, Sandwiches, Egg, Chilled, Frozen, Dairy, Ready Meals.

Emma Brown – Associate Director

Emma is a successful customer focused Project Manager whose expertise has been integral in delivering successful capital projects.

With over 18 years’ experience, Emma has proven skills in Project Management, New Product Development and Process Technology, having worked for/with some of the UK’s major food manufacturing companies.

Key skills: Technical Knowledge base, Process Awareness across multiple industry sectors
Industry Sectors: Sandwiches, Sushi, Meat Processing (primary and secondary), Bakery, Soup, Ready Meals, Bakery

Ben Edney – Associate Director

Ben is a talented and enthusiastic Project Manager and Team Leader with over 15 years’ experience. A proven track record in all aspects of the project lifecycle within highly pressurised industries.

An adaptable and flexible team player possessing a detailed understanding of client requirements, supported by strong communication skills at all levels.

Key Skills: Continuous Improvements, Lean Management, Process Improvement, Program Management, Root Cause Analysis, Operations Management
Industry Sectors: Sauces, FMCG, Meat and Poultry, Bakery, Ready Meals.

Jim Bird – Project Engineering Manager

Jim is a professional Projects Engineering Manager with experience of Project Management and delivering engineering functions to the food industry.

With over 24 years’ experience, Jim has proven skills in Project Management, Major Site Development and Process Technology, having worked for/with some of the UK’s major food manufacturing companies.

Key skills: Application and Integration of new Engineering Concepts, Capex budget control, Management of multi functional sites.
Industry Sectors. Meat and Poultry Primary and Secondary, Desserts, Sandwiches, Chilled and Ambient

James Peden – Project Engineering Manager

James is a Development Manager with over 20 years experience within the food industry.

Having worked for many of the largest global manufacturers he brings a wealth of experience and skills from within the process, product development and implementation areas.

Experienced in leading projects and multinational teams across multiple locations he has worked in many regions around the world ensuring projects were delivered on-time, in-full.

Key Skills: Strategy Development, Portfolio Management, Chartered Chemical Engineer, Advanced HACCP, People Development.

Industry Sectors : pet foods, dressings, noodles, dry and wet savoury and drinks.

Mitch Clark – Project Engineer

Mitch graduated from University of Nottingham with a 2:1 degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Prior to joining Protolan on a full-time basis, Mitch worked with us as a summer intern and proved to be a versatile and practical project engineer.

His passion for engineering, coupled with his ability to work seamlessly with client teams, has proved to be a great asset on several high profile projects.  Mitch has recently been an integral part of Protolan’s project with longstanding client Morrisons. He is currently working on a project at Heinz.

Sam Riedy – Business Development Manager

Sam runs our business development department and has a wealth of experience within the Food and Drink industry. She spends her time coming up with innovative ways to communicate to our clients the great things Protolan can do for them.