NPD Team


Karen Strickland – Technical/NPD Manager

As Technical/NPD Manager, Karen plays a key part in ensuring every single product Braehead Foods makes is safe, legal and meets our customers’ requirements.

Karen has over 20 years experience in the food industry, working in both retail and food service dealing with ambient, chilled and frozen foods, including high risk and ready to eat products.

With qualifications including a BSc. Human Nutrition, Food Science and Dietetics and MSc. Analytical Chemistry for Environmental Monitoring & Process Quality Assurance, Karen is now also studying for MSc. Food Law.

She is responsible for instilling a culture of everyday standards including Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement throughout the business.  

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Andrew Beattie – NPD Chef

Andy fell into cooking in the early 90’s when he took on a part time waiting job in The Buttery. That was where his love of food and the theatre of dining out began and he met two of the biggest influences in his career; Head Chef Steven Johnson and Manager Jim Wilson.

Andy’s experience has been gained in a variety of kitchens ranging from the Michelin starred to a modern, organic deli, and almost everything else in between. Before joining the Cook School Scotland, our sister business, as Head Chef, Andy had worked at the Two Fat Ladies in Glasgow and Troon.

Andy moved in to his role as NPD Chef with Braehead three years ago to support the growing need for a new product development function within the Production Kitchen. A large part of his role is keeping up with modern food trends in order to be offer our customers food that their clientele want to be eating.

As NPD Chef, Andy works with our customers and chefs to understand their needs before developing dishes to help their events and service run smoothly.