A new CEO has taken over the reins at the international regulatory consultancy, Ashbury, as its founder and current CEO, James Post, takes on new challenges within the business.
Zoe Jordan, a highly experienced commercial director with a background in food manufacturing, has been promoted from Business Development Director to CEO – a move which will see her take on responsibility for further growing the business across the UK and overseas and developing its 200-strong team.
James Post, who founded the regulatory consultancy just over a decade ago, will take on the new position of Executive Chairman, overseeing the firm’s strategic direction, partnerships, accountability, and governance.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to hand over the CEO baton to Zoe, who is undoubtedly one of the most natural people leaders I’ve ever met,” he explained. “Over the last decade, we’ve gone from strength to strength and recently reached an incredible milestone of signing off on our 200,000th product approval – all of which is absolutely testament to the talent and dedication we have within the business.
“As we set our sights on the next phase of growth, now feels like the perfect time for me to step aside to focus on the overarching strategy, and allow Zoe the opportunity to flourish as our brand new CEO. She brings a unique set of skills having worked across technical, manufacturing, and commercial roles, and I’m confident that she is the best person to lead Ashbury to new heights over the years to come.”
Joining Ashbury five years ago as a Business Development Manager, Zoe has worked with some of the world’s best loved brands and retailers, helping them to overcome regulatory challenges and launch products with complete success in new and existing markets.
Spending over 25 years working in food safety, Zoe understands fully the very real issues and opportunities that clients face within their businesses, insight that will help strengthen Ashbury as the partner of choice for clients worldwide.
Zoe added: “I’m hugely excited and proud to be taking on the CEO mantle from James. As a business, we’ve matured and achieved the growth that we have in such a short space of time by implementing the right structure to support, as well as getting the right people in the right seats, with the skillsets to be successful.
“My ambition for the role is very much to retain our strong internal culture that James has so brilliantly instilled and nurtured, and to continue seeking new ways to enhance our business – both as a workplace for our talented and diverse team, but also as a trusted and reliable partner to our existing and prospective clients.
“Food safety is the primary focus for every food manufacturer and retailer, and the industry has always faced matters that the regulatory framework has had to adapt to. Navigating the current economic factors impacting the supply chain today is no exception. We’ve always taken a proactive approach to supporting businesses with their compliance policies and procedures, ensuring they get their products to market with ease. And this will continue to be our focus in the months and years ahead.”
Launched in 2011, Ashbury is a leading regulatory consultancy, helping businesses navigate the complex world of product and labelling regulations for food and non-food products. Its expert team guides clients from a place of uncertainty to complete reassurance, helping them to understand, apply, and comply with domestic and international regulations, and empowering them to help their customers make safe and informed choices. For more information, please call 0845 459 5019, email [email protected], or visit www.ashbury.global.