Expertise

Who are we?

We’re a bright, hard-working, specialist team with oodles of expertise, mountains of knowledge, extraordinary enthusiasm and a reputation for setting ourselves a high bar getting things done.  All of us are multi-skilled, which is how our tiny team manages such a wide remit and, with a combined history of around 50 years working in food and drink, it’s something we live and breathe.  It goes with the territory that we all love cooking, eating and drinking too.

People are often surprised to learn that we’re not a quango and we’re not dependent on public money.  In fact, it’s because we’re a business ourselves that we understand other businesses and what makes them tick.  It also means we understand the importance of great service and value for money.   

Ruth Huxley Managing Director

The one who took the leap of faith and founded Cornwall Food & Drink in 2010, Ruth is a food and drink strategist, researcher and market analyst, who has been specialising in Cornish food and drink for 15 years.  Few can match her knowledge, energy, integrity and downright determination to see the sector she knows and loves thrive. Contact Ruth about any of our professional services, strategic partnerships and industry intelligence.

Grace Lobb Events Manager

A Cornish farmer’s daughter and agricultural college graduate, there isn’t much Grace doesn’t know about food events – she’s been doing them – as both organiser and exhibitor – for well over a decade. With an eye for style and detail, and almost unflappable, she’s the reason our events have such a reputation for their professionalism and flair. Contact Grace about The Great Cornish Food Festival, The Great Cornish Food Awards, or any other events.

Claire Vickers Marketing Manager

From fashion to flowers to food, Claire has over 20 years’ experience as a marketing and communications professional. A visual magpie, content curator, digital, brand and PR expert with an understanding of organisations of all shapes and sizes, Claire has a reputation for growing businesses with individuality, creativity and longevity. Contact Claire about our professional services, membership, social media, marketing and PR.

Dave Huxley Office Manager

With a lifetime’s knowledge of technology and office systems, Dave keeps us all on track and oversees the smooth operation of the office. He also administers the membership scheme and most of our projects and is an excellent copywriter and proof-reader. Contact Dave with general and financial enquiries, questions about your membership, or about buying or stocking The Great Cornish Food Book.