Dave Read, Level 2 Bakery and Patisserie course manager with students

New bakery and patisserie course manager joins the food department

Dave Read, Level 2 Bakery and Patisserie course manager with students

Dave Read, Level 2 Diploma in Bakery and Patisserie course manager with his students

Dave Read – Level 2 Diploma Bakery and Patisserie lecturer and course manager

Originally from Basingstoke, Hampshire, Dave began his career in the food food industry 38 years ago after completing two years at college. He then moved to London and worked in a variety of hotels, restaurants and corporate hospitality establishments.

After 4 years in London, Dave’s next move was back to Basingstoke to run a restaurant. Alongside the restaurant business he also lectured part-time in catering and hotel management at Basingstoke College.

Keen to continue to broaden his industry experience, when Dave spotted an job advert in The Caterer for a  New Product Development chef position at Ginsters in Cornwall, he was determined to take on the challenge. The interview progress was a challenging three stages and Dave excelled at all three, successfully securing the position. As a New Product Development chef, Dave spent 5 years developing new savoury pastry products for Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. This role proved varied and had lots of travel opportunities including delivering product and sales presentations to the respective supermarkets.

Remaining with Ginsters for a further few years, Dave moved into the main manufacturing site helping to develop and implement product quality systems for the manufacturing process.

Dave proceeded to set up Samworth Academy Centre in Cornwall. The centre delivers staff development programmes, including craft skills. After 11 years with Samworth, Dave was approached by Proper Cornish Ltd with a request to set up their New Product Development and training department. Proper Cornish, as the name suggests are a traditional hand made pasty producer – they hand crimp over 50,000 pasties per day! Dave mentioned, “during this time I don’t think there are many flavours or ingredients I did not put into a pasty!”

Dave continued to build on his New Product Development experience at Crantock Bakery and finally at Tamar Foods before taking up his new position at Reaseheath College.

With extensive industry experience, Dave is thrilled at the opportunity to work at Reaseheath commenting, “I hope my experience in the food industry can help inspire students to reach their potential as the next generation of bakers and patisserie experts”.

Thanks to Dave Read, our new Level 2 Bakery and Patisserie course manager for sharing his career story so far!



New staff welcomed to the food department

Helen Thorley: Laboratory Technician

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Helen took over the role of laboratory technician in March.  She has a wealth of lab experience, with a degree in applied and analytical chemistry and over 18 years working within the pharmaceutical industry,  in both quality control and development laboratories.

Helen lives locally in Stapeley with her partner and two young daughters.  Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family.  She particularly enjoys walking and likes to get away to Snowdonia and the Lake District whenever possible.



Martin Anderson: Advanced Practitioner / Lecturer & Industrial Training Manager

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Martin joins us from Harper Adams University where he was Senior Lecturer in Meat Science and Food Science as well as Manager for the West Midlands Regional Food Academy. He will be lecturing in higher education food courses for three days a week and managing industrial training on employers premises for two days a week.
Having studied Chemistry at Bangor University, Martin went on to laboratory, technical and operations management roles within the red meat industry for 10 years. He then went on to head up the provision of vocational qualifications in food at Telford College of Arts and Technology. After completing postgraduate study in Meat Science and Environmental Management, Martin went on to teach; Quality Management, Food Safety, Animal Products Processing, Animal Welfare, HACCP and Introduction to Business to Harper Adams’s undergraduates, whilst developing and delivering a range of Food Business Management masters level courses for industry. In managing the Regional Food Academy Martin worked with over 400 small businesses assisting them in; starting up, regulatory compliance, quality systems implementation, shelf life determination and new product development.
Outside of work Martin enjoys rock climbing and mountaineering as well as trying to keep his vintage VW camper alive.