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Dee Valley North Wales
About

We are extremely fortunate to be based in the beautiful and inspiring rural landscape of the Dee Valley in North Wales.

Specialising in the business-to-business trading of bulk dairy ingredients, SPEAR was established in 2008 by Nick Philpott and is still family owned and run, with Nick’s son in law Andy and daughters, Emily and Naomi driving the business forward.

We are all about balancing the market – helping producers and manufacturers manage their product excess or shortfall, placing it to achieve the best value while reducing any chance of waste.

As would be expected in the industry, our clients confidence in our business practices and quality systems is essential: Which is why we have held organic accreditation to EC Regs 834 & 889 since 2011, are certified by Organic Farmers & Growers, and have attained the AA standard of BRC Agents & Brokers accreditation for the last 5 years. We strive for ‘best practice’ in all our activities being members of Campden BRI, the British Chamber of Commerce and the Provisions Trade Federation.

You can find copies of the certificates under Technical Data on this site alongside numerous product data sheets.

About
Dee Valley North Wales

We are extremely fortunate to be based in the beautiful and inspiring rural landscape of the Dee Valley in North Wales.

Specialising in the business-to-business trading of bulk dairy ingredients, SPEAR was established in 2008 by Nick Philpott and is still family owned and run, with Nick’s son in law Andy and daughters, Emily and Naomi driving the business forward.

We are all about balancing the market – helping producers and manufacturers manage their product excess or shortfall, placing it to achieve the best value while reducing any chance of waste.

As would be expected in the industry, our clients confidence in our business practices and quality systems is essential: Which is why we have held organic accreditation to EC Regs 834 & 889 since 2011, are certified by Organic Farmers & Growers, and have attained the AA standard of BRC Agents & Brokers accreditation for the last 5 years. We strive for ‘best practice’ in all our activities being members of Campden BRI, the British Chamber of Commerce and the Provisions Trade Federation.

You can find copies of the certificates under Technical Data on this site alongside numerous product data sheets.

Nick Philpott
Chairman
Nick Philpott

Nick has worked in the UK Dairy Industry since 1979, in a variety of roles including technical, production, general and commercial management before starting SPEAR in 2008.

Nick is a life-long DIY enthusiast and can be regularly found working on or around the ‘project’ that is his converted 1850’s row of potting sheds that he calls home.

Andy Swindley
Andy Swindley
Managing Director

Before joining SPEAR, Andy had 10 years of management experience (including HACCP & Risk Assessment) in catering and hospitality management and 5 years in project management and sales. Now with 13 years Commercial and Technical Dairy industry experience since joining SPEAR.

As well as sales he is responsible for overseeing Quality Systems, having completed BRC Academy Internal Audit Training and Campden BRI TACCP, Root Cause Analysis Training as well as CIEH HACCP to Level 3.

Andy enjoys watching rugby, gardening, and keeping bees in his spare time.

Andy Swindley
Managing Director
Andy Swindley

Before joining SPEAR, Andy had 10 years of management experience (including HACCP & Risk Assessment) in catering and hospitality management and 5 years in project management and sales. Now with 13 years Commercial and Technical Dairy industry experience since joining SPEAR.

As well as sales he is responsible for overseeing Quality Systems, having completed BRC Academy Internal Audit Training and Campden BRI TACCP, Root Cause Analysis Training as well as CIEH HACCP to Level 3.

Andy enjoys watching rugby, gardening, and keeping bees in his spare time.

Emily Swindley
Director – Trading Support

Before joining SPEAR, Emily had 14 years customer facing experience in the retail, hospitality, and leisure industries.

Now with 13 years’ experience in the Dairy Industry including 11 years responsible for product supplier approval and risk assessment. She is a HACCP & Food Safety Level 2 trained Internal Auditor.

Emily is also a qualified and registered BACP Counsellor working for the NHS and in Private Practice. In her spare time, she keeps Bees with Andy, enjoys working in the garden and collects houseplants (which are slowly starting to take over the Capel too!).

Emily Swindley
Emily Swindley
Director – Trading Support
Emily Swindley

Before joining SPEAR, Emily had 14 years customer facing experience in the retail, hospitality, and leisure industries.

Now with 13 years’ experience in the Dairy Industry including 11 years responsible for product supplier approval and risk assessment. She is a HACCP & Food Safety Level 2 trained Internal Auditor.

Emily is also a qualified and registered BACP Counsellor working for the NHS and in Private Practice.  In her spare time, she keeps Bees with Andy, enjoys working in the garden and collects houseplants (which are slowly starting to take over the Capel too!).

Naomi Riley
Naomi Riley
Director – Finance & Administration

Prior to joining SPEAR Naomi had 12 years’ experience based in customer service, retail management and teaching.

Now with 11 years’ experience in the Dairy Industry, she is HACCP & Food Safety Level 2 Trained and an Internal Auditor. She manages the critical aspects of finance and back-office administration for SPEAR.

Naomi is an avid reader, writer, and jujutsu enthusiast. Her voluntary work includes designing and building sets for the local theatre group and providing art and design support to a community Museum. She loves the outdoors, and when opportunity allows, enjoys walking and cycling in the beautiful North Wales countryside.

Naomi Riley
Director – Finance & Administration
Naomi Riley

Prior to joining SPEAR Naomi had 12 years’ experience based in customer service, retail management and teaching.

Now with 11 years’ experience in the Dairy Industry, she is HACCP & Food Safety Level 2 Trained and an Internal Auditor. She manages the critical aspects of finance and back-office administration for SPEAR.

Naomi is an avid reader, writer, and jujutsu enthusiast. Her voluntary work includes designing and building sets for the local theatre group and providing art and design support to a community Museum. She loves the outdoors, and when opportunity allows, enjoys walking and cycling in the beautiful North Wales countryside.

Adam Bonning
Director

Adam is the most recent addition to our team and comes with many years of experience in the Dairy industry on the transport side of operations.

He started as an HGV driver at 22 years old and worked his way through the ranks into Transport Management and became the Operations and Planning Manager covering 3 large sites in the UK. Therefore, has a vast amount of knowledge in an essential sector that the industry could not exist without.

Based in Somerset, an area rich in production for the UK Dairy Industry, his role is as a Trader.

This is the vital part of our client interface within the industry. Being integral to UK Dairy product movements gives Adam a unique position to comment on market developments and pricing thus helping our clients manage their company’s product flows.

He is Food Safety & HACCP Level 2 trained, progressing to Level 3, and a part of the SPEAR HACCP Team.

Adam enjoys Football, Rugby, Gardening and performing the various DIY tasks set for him by his wife.

Adam Bonning
Adam Bonning
Director
Adam Bonning

Adam is the most recent addition to our team and comes with many years of experience in the Dairy industry on the transport side of operations.

He started as an HGV driver at 22 years old and worked his way through the ranks into Transport Management and became the Operations and Planning Manager covering 3 large sites in the UK. Therefore, has a vast amount of knowledge in an essential sector that the industry could not exist without.

Based in Somerset, an area rich in production for the UK Dairy Industry, his role is as a Trader.

This is the vital part of our client interface within the industry. Being integral to UK Dairy product movements gives Adam a unique position to comment on market developments and pricing thus helping our clients manage their company’s product flows. He is Food Safety & HACCP Level 2 trained, progressing to Level 3, and a part of the SPEAR HACCP Team.

Adam enjoys Football, Rugby, Gardening and performing the various DIY tasks set for him by his wife.

Nii Johnson
Nii Johnson
Trader & Customs Lead

Nii is a member of our trade and logistics team, he has worked in the food and beverage industry for 5 years as a technical coordinator.

Since joining SPEAR he has trained in Food Safety Culture, Internal Audits, Allergen Awareness, TACCP/VACCP, HACCP Level 2 and Customs Procedures achieving his Diploma in Advanced Customs Compliance with the UK Customs Academy. He is our ‘go to’ person on all matters relating to Import and Export procedures.

He is multi-lingual, being fluent in English, French, Ga, and Twi, and is a martial arts enthusiast training in multiple disciplines.

Nii Johnson
Trader & Customs Lead
Nii Johnson

Nii is a member of our trade and logistics team, he has worked in the food and beverage industry for 5 years as a technical coordinator.

Since joining SPEAR he has trained in Food Safety Culture, Internal Audits, Allergen Awareness, TACCP/VACCP, HACCP Level 2 and Customs Procedures achieving his Diploma in Advanced Customs Compliance with the UK Customs Academy. He is our ‘go to’ person on all matters relating to Import and Export procedures.

He is multi-lingual, being fluent in English, French, Ga, and Twi, and is a martial arts enthusiast training in multiple disciplines.

Joan Redmond
Quality Systems Lead & Trading Support

Joan has 21 years’ experience working in the food industry in key roles within sales and administration.

Since joining SPEAR she has trained in Food Safety Culture, Internal Audits, Allergen Awareness, TACCP/VACCP and HACCP Level 3.

She is our Quality Systems Lead and supports our business’ trading administration.

Joan is a fitness, wild water swimming, and prosecco enthusiast, especially at weekends.

Joan Redmond Spear UK
Joan Redmond
Quality Systems Lead & Trading Support
Joan Redmond Spear UK

Joan has 21 years’ experience working in the food industry in key roles within sales and administration.

Since joining SPEAR she has trained in Food Safety Culture, Internal Audits, Allergen Awareness, TACCP/VACCP and HACCP Level 3.

She is our Quality Systems Lead and supports our business’ trading administration.

Joan is a fitness, wild water swimming, and prosecco enthusiast, especially at weekends.

Catherine Rosa
Catherine Rosa
Administration & Trading Support

Catherine worked in customer service and administration management in the pharmaceutical and hospitality industries before joining the trading and logistics support team at SPEAR in 2018.

Now as an integral part of the accounting and back-office support team, she is HACCP & Food Safety Level 2 trained and an Internal Auditor.

Catherine likes to spend her free time walking her Jack Russell Terriers, beachcombing, and enjoying a glass of real ale at the local pub.

Catherine Rosa
Administration & Trading Support
Catherine Rosa

Catherine worked in customer service and administration management in the pharmaceutical and hospitality industries before joining the trading and logistics support team at SPEAR in 2018.

Now as an integral part of the accounting and back-office support team, she is HACCP & Food Safety Level 2 trained and an Internal Auditor.

Catherine likes to spend her free time walking her Jack Russell Terriers, beachcombing, and enjoying a glass of real ale at the local pub.

Ellie Swindley
Business Centre Facilities & Trading Support

Ellie joined SPEAR in late 2021 having worked in Hospitality & Retail for 6 years.

The dairy industry is familiar territory for her, having grown up surrounded by the family business. Mum, Dad, Aunt, and Grandparents are all directors at SPEAR.

Her principal roles include reconciliation of client transactions, trading support and external invoicing.

Ellie is HACCP & Food Safety Level 2 trained and bilingual (fluent in Welsh & English).

Her spare time is usually shared between Sheep Farming in the hills of North Wales and developing her home gift and handmade cosmetic business.

Ellie Swindley
Ellie Swindley
Business Centre Facilities & Trading Support
Ellie Swindley

Ellie joined SPEAR in late 2021 having worked in Hospitality & Retail for 6 years.

The dairy industry is familiar territory for her, having grown up surrounded by the family business. Mum, Dad, Aunt, and Grandparents are all directors at SPEAR.

Her principal roles include reconciliation of client transactions, trading support and external invoicing.

Ellie is HACCP & Food Safety Level 2 trained and bilingual (fluent in Welsh & English).

Her spare time is usually shared between Sheep Farming in the hills of North Wales and developing her home gift and handmade cosmetic business.

Capel Hermon

Our newly created Capel Hermon Business Centre is now fully operational and Covid prepared, including heat sensing camera for access control, offering offices, conferencing and hot desking facilities.

Our new home providing the infrastructure and ambience to cope with hectic trading and post EU Exit customs administration. Allowing us to maintain the professionalism and unrivalled commitment appreciated by our clients.

Capel Hermon

Our newly created Capel Hermon Business Centre is now fully operational and Covid prepared, including heat sensing camera for access control, offering offices, conferencing and hot desking facilities.

Our new home providing the infrastructure and ambience to cope with hectic trading and post EU Exit customs administration. Allowing us to maintain the professionalism and unrivalled commitment appreciated by our clients.