Why we do what we do
Freshtime Futures Trust Trustees
Who we are.
Life is very different than I imagined at 17, when I thought more about what was happening at the weekend rather than about my children’s education and futures.
I think the diversity of living in an inner city like Bradford before moving to the countryside of Lincolnshire has given me a good understanding of the pressures of being a young person today.
I have spent my whole career in Procurement, which has given me some great opportunities to travel, I have been to Norway, India, Columbia and Africa to name a few.
In these countries I have seen with my own eyes the extreme poverty young people have to face and the plethora of challenges in life . I have also been lucky enough to see the great ingenuity of young people who have been given the opportunity to shine and that is what drives me to want to be involved with this charity.
I love working in the food industry and every year when on holiday I try the “hot wings” challenge. That’s to eat the hottest chilli wings on the menu, not sure why I do it but it makes my children laugh as my lips swell and I burst into tears.
I love a challenge and I have the can do attitude that can really help to make a difference to the lives of the individuals we are aiming to help.
After 15 years in the force, he progressed from Constable to Superintendent. He worked across the county as a patrol officer, detective and in roads policing before joining Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.
He worked in Humberside Police and was promoted to Assistant Chief Constable with Cumbria Constabulary in 2004 before returning to Lincolnshire as Deputy Chief Constable in 2008.
In April 2012, he took on the role of Chief Constable at Lincolnshire Police, and decided to retire in February 2017 following a 31 year-long and distinguished career in the police service.
From here my career took a traditional path, through sales training with Duracell and onward through Key Accounts with Gillette to National Accounts with Gerber Foods.
Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, my career came to a dramatic halt, when I was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia) after a couple of years treatment and recuperation, I realised that life is not a dress rehearsal its for living.
You need to take every opportunity. As a result in 1999 I set up Food Network, it became a successful food importing business which was sold when turnover hit £10 million to a competitor in December 2015.
I live in Cambridgeshire with my gorgeous wife, mentoring small start-up businesses.
The Freshtime Futures Trust gives me the chance to offer a helping hand to young people in Lincolnshire to develop their full potential, fulfil their hopes and dreams and surprise themselves.
Prior to entering politics, Matt worked for the Daily Telegraph from 1999 until 2015, focusing for most of the period on technology, leading coverage of Facebook, Google and Apple, and covering the launch of products including iPhones, the BBC iPlayer and the Apple Watch, as well as interviewing key figures including the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web.
In the 2015-2017 Parliament, Matt was a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee, and Co-Chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group on Broadband and Digital Communication and Pictfor (The Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum). In June 2017, Matt was appointed PPS to the Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
My career in the food industry started back in the early 1970’s culminating with the founding of Freshtime UK Ltd in the year 2000. From the very beginning of Freshtime, our colleagues have made the difference in growing our business to where we are today. Their decision to create the Trust and to commit to raising money to help others is typical of the selfless dedication of everyone. I am very pleased to help, where I can, to see that the Trust achieves the goals that it has set.
I have worked in the food industry all my career in varying roles including Production Management, Quality Assurance, Product Development, Commercial Management and General Management, and this has given me not only a great understanding of how business works, but also how important it is to support individuals in their development.
People are by far the most important part of any business and I get a real buzz out of providing challenge and encouragement at all levels. When I was asked to join the Futures Trust as a trustee I jumped at the chance to help give that support to those needing it most.
In my spare time I love travelling and have been fortunate enough to experience many different countries and cultures, I also try and keep fit by riding my bike.
I’m really looking forward to helping make a difference in our community.
Caroline is an arts graduate of Manchester University and has spent her whole career in publishing, firstly with The Guardian, then regional newspapers before founding her own publishing business in 1996.
Caroline is a trustee of Heritage Lincolnshire as well as Freshtime Futures Trust. These two organisations represent an ambition to preserve the heritage of the county while also making Lincolnshire a location where all its citizens can reach their potential; in their education, their career and quality of lifestyle.
Caroline lives in Waddington with her husband, two children and two cockerpoos.