Christian Nugent – Meat Purchasing Manager

By |2021-03-30T14:42:18+01:00March 30th, 2021|Categories: Staff Case Studies|

Christian Nugent
Meat Buying Manager

For many years, Christian worked in the retail sector until he decided to take a change in direction. He joined our butchery team in 2011 and became a trained butcher. With his skills and knowledge he was soon promoted to Meat Buyer.

Christian’s promotion

His eye for quality, understanding seasonal availability, customer demands and ensuring value for money, soon seen Christian promoted to Meat Purchasing Manager.

“Pioneer likes to promote within and this creates opportunity for everyone! From day one, Graham and David have been supportive and I’m allowed to work autonomously as I’ve been encouraged to be responsible for my […]

Michael Brown – Purchasing Director

By |2021-03-30T14:43:07+01:00August 12th, 2019|Categories: Staff Case Studies|

Michael Brown
Purchasing Director

The start of Michael’s career …

Just before his 19th birthday, Michael joined the Pioneer family.

His initial role as Coldstore Operative and as a qualified forklift driver involved him loading and unloading delivery vehicles and putting away delivered stock. An important role in the busy coldstore where orderliness is key to ensure customer deliveries are accurate and on time.

“I enjoy working for a strong family-run business which leads from the front, with ambition to grow and create great career opportunities in this region and I’m always encouraging my staff to aim for […]

Emma Harkness – Production Worker

By |2018-03-08T11:51:44+00:00August 15th, 2017|Categories: Staff Case Studies|

Emma Harkness
Production Worker

The start of Emma’s career

Emma’s initial role in our retail store has taken her down a route that she would never have imagined and found a job she loves!

In 2002, Emma joined our team in our busy Fisher Street shop in the centre of Carlisle. After working there just a few short months, she then relocated to our foodhall at Rosehill. Her retail role involved serving customers and setting up the attractive displays in the shops, enticing customers to shop and browse.

“Pioneer is a good company to work for […]

Kevin Lightfoot – Cold Store Manager

By |2018-03-08T12:20:43+00:00August 11th, 2017|Categories: Staff Case Studies|

Kevin Lightfoot
Cold Store Manager

Kevin joined the Pioneer team straight after leaving school,
so it’s the only place he’s ever worked and has plans to stay!

The start of Kevin’s career

Kevin’s first role was an order picker for frozen foods and meat orders. This was back in the days when our business was much smaller and before the new cold store extension was built separating frozen and ambient goods.

“I don’t want to work anywhere else
– I’ll be here forever!”

What did he do next?


Paul Atkinson – Area Sales Manager

By |2017-10-24T15:38:43+01:00June 14th, 2017|Categories: Staff Case Studies|

Paul Atkinson
Area Sales Manager

When Paul joined Pioneer straight from leaving school in 1985
he didn’t know that he would have such a varied and enjoyable career.

The start of Paul’s career …

From a delivery driver to working in our shop as a bacon butcher and cutting Lakeland steaks in our factory, Paul’s career has spanned many years and encompassed a wide variety of roles.

“I’m not one to sit still for long; I enjoy a challenge and when a post of Area Sales Manager cropped up, I jumped at the chance. There is no set […]