The brilliant people that make it all happen

Managing Director

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
I feel incredibly lucky to work with my gorgeous, amazing, lovely friends and family. (they paid me to say that)

What’s your favourite cheese ?
Brie melted on top of a bacon butty with mushrooms, chilli sauce and a cup of tea.

Your all-time favourite song is:
Warren G – Regulate

What’s your claim to fame?
I was in Juliet Bravo when I was little and I’ve been to number 10 downing street

Liz Parkinson

Current Position: Managing Director

Years at Extons: 18

Sales Director

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
I love it. We are all part of a team that works hard together but we don’t forget to have fun.

What’s your favourite cheese?
Vintage mature cheddar preferably on a cheese board with red wine.

Your all-time favourite song is:
Purple Rain – Prince (sang into a makeshift microphone after a few drinks).

What’s your claim to fame?
I won Miss Tenerife Sol 1986 for singing the spitting image song ``hold a chicken in the air``.

Rachael Edwards

Current Position: Sales Director

Years at Extons: 16

Company Secretary

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
I am the long suffering Dad of Liz & Rachael- it’s good to work with my Daughters although it’s role reversal -they are now the Boss!! It’s been fantastic to see the company grow over the last few years and I am proud to have been an integral part of the design and build of the expansion.

What’s your favourite cheese ?
A good vintage cheddar.

Your all-time favourite song is:
I love ballroom music and my real passion Is dancing the Sarina Tango.

What’s your claim to fame?
Got asked to referee for Burnley Football club In my youth but decided to turn it down.

Jim Exton

Current Position: Company Secretary

Years at Extons: Too many!

Sales Team

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
Great! We work hard as team and play harder.

What’s your favourite cheese?
Hard to beat a Dorset red.

Your all-time favourite song is:
The Smiths – Charming Man

What’s your claim to fame?
Served Barack Obama and David Cameron at the 2013 G8 Summit!

James Smith

Current Position: Sales And Marketing Manager

Years at Extons: 2

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
It’s like an extension of your own family.

What’s your favourite cheese?
Barbers Vintage Cheddar

Your all-time favourite song is:
F.E.A.R by Ian Brown

What’s your claim to fame?
I have played American Football with an NFL Player

Glenn Herring

Current Position: Account Manager

Years at Extons: 0.4

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
Very busy but lots of fun!!

What’s your favourite cheese?
Halloumi!

Your all-time favourite song is?
Waiting all Night - Rudimental

What’s your claim to fame?
I have a personalised signature from Will Mellor

Charlotte Kavanagh

Current Position: Sales Support & PA To Directors

Years at Extons: 2.5

Customer Service Team

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
Every day is different some more challenging than others but I love working with all the amazing people that makes Extons a very special place to work

What’s your favourite cheese?
Goats Cheese

Your all-time favourite song is:
Never too much by Luther Vandross

What’s your claim to fame?
Being best friends with Farokh Engineer’s daughter Minnie (who is a World-Famous Cricketer who played for Lancashire & India)

Cheryl Kavanagh

Current Position: Customer Services Manager

Years at Extons: 9.5

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
It’s always busy and no two days are the same, whilst everyone works really hard we also get to laugh hard too and of course there’s donut Fridays too.

What’s your favourite cheese?
This is like asking me to choose my favourite child ☹ from my childhood I loved Emmental and as an adult it has to be the wonderfully mature Barbers 1833

Your all-time favourite song is:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft Ray Dalton, Can’t hold us. It gives me a boost at the end of run

What’s your claim to fame?
I appeared on a Gameshow called Spellbound on Sky one…and I won 😊

Rebecca (Becky) Ross

Current Position: Customer Support Manager/System Administrator

Years at Extons: 5

Technical Team

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
Busy, crazy, fun, supportive.

What’s your favourite cheese?
Époisses de Bourgogne

Your all-time favourite song is:
Rollin Stones Miss you

What’s your claim to fame?
Served Svenn-Göran Erikssen some delightful peri peri chicken.

Victoria (Viki) Maciver

Current Position: QA Manager

Years at Extons: 9

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
One big cheesy family. You cheddar brie-live it!

What’s your favourite cheese?
HALLOUMI!

Your all-time favourite song is:
We found Love – Rihanna.

What’s your claim to fame?
Selling Fern Britton and Phil Vickery prawns whilst working in a seafood restaurant in Cornwall.

Anthony Chubb

Current Position: Technical Coordinator

Years at Extons: 2

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
Never a dull moment, Buzzing hive of activity to which you are included into.

What’s your favourite cheese?
Mozzarella, mature being a strong second favourite.

Your all-time favourite song is:
Reign over me – the Who (Quadrophenia).

What’s your claim to fame?
Too many to mention.

Amanda Bristow

Current Position: Low Risk QA Auditor

Years at Extons: 2

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
Great family company to work with, team support each other & great environment to be part of.

What’s your favourite cheese?
6 months Barbers

Your all-time favourite song is:
Let the music play by Barry White

What’s your claim to fame?
Knowing Ricky Hatton all my life

Joanne Wright

Current Position: Quality Auditor Technical Department

Years at Extons: 8 months

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
It has been a great experience watching the company grow over the years and being part of the journey.

What’s your favourite cheese?
Homemade Paneer

Your all-time favourite song is:
Tujhe Dekha To Ye Jaana Sanam

What’s your claim to fame?
The best cook at Extons!!

Suman Sethi

Current Position: QA

Years at Extons: 12

Production and Planning Team

What’s your favourite cheese?
Stilton

Your all-time favourite song is:
Don’t think Twice – Bob Dylan

What’s your claim to fame?
Was at a wedding with Peter Lord

Robert Russell

Current Position: Factory Manager

Years at Extons: 3

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
Full of cheesy challenges.

What’s your favourite cheese?
Cheshire Cheese.

Your all-time favourite song is:
I'll be there - Jackson 5.

What’s your claim to fame?
47 mile horse ride from Buxton to Stalybridge.

Alison Atkinson

Current Position: Production Planner

Years at Extons: 7

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
Busy all the time.

What’s your favourite cheese?
Wensleydale and Cranberries

Your all-time favourite song is:
Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers

What’s your claim to fame?
As a child I was in a crowd scene in Yanks

Lorraine Hall

Current Position: Production Planner

Years at Extons: 3

Warehouse Team

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
Certainly turning my head greyer by the day.

What’s your favourite cheese?
Most profitable

Your all-time favourite song is:
Lets straighten it out – Gwen McCrae

What’s your claim to fame?
Guarded the Queen

Steven Parkinson

Current Position: Warehouse Manager

Years at Extons: Since the beginning

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
It keeps you on your toes !!!

What’s your favourite cheese?
Mature Cheddar

Your all-time favourite song is:
Its My Life by Talk Talk (1980s)

What’s your claim to fame?
Don’t have one, (Under the radar, that’s me !!!!! )

David Watkins

Current Position: Transport Manager

Years at Extons: 3

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
Enjoying the journey as the company continues to grow.

What’s your favourite cheese?
Extra Mature

Your all-time favourite song is:
Riggoletto the opera

What’s your claim to fame?
King of Spain bought me a Coca-Cola when I was a kid.

Lorenzo Ruda

Current Position: Goods In Manager/Supervisor

Years at Extons: 4

Human Resources

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
Working for Extons is fast pace and exciting, the future looks bright and the journey challenging and rewarding.

What’s your favourite cheese?
Festive Fruity cheese

Your all-time favourite song is:
Perfect Day by Lou Reed

What’s your claim to fame?
I sang “ Never gonna give you up” on stage with Rick Astley.

Janet Rascagneres

Current Position: HR Manager

Years at Extons: 1

Engineering & Health and Safety

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
Non-stop but it keeps me on my toes!

What’s your favourite cheese?
Hard to beat a good mature cheddar.

Your all-time favourite song is:
Master of Puppets – Metallica.

What’s your claim to fame?
Made friends with Patrick Stewart in a pub in Shropshire.

Lee Faulkner

Current Position: Engineering Manager

Years at Extons: 3

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
Rewarding being part of a team that goes the extra mile.

What’s your favourite cheese?
Halloumi AKA the squeaky cheese AKA the steak of cheese.

Your all-time favourite song is:
Know How, Young MC

What’s your claim to fame?
I once signed football boots and shirts for a gang of kids after being mistakenly identified as the now ex Everton footballer Leon Osman.

Kevin Edwards

Current Position: Health And Safety Manager

Years at Extons: 3

Finance

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
Good.

What’s your favourite cheese?
Don't tell the boss but I really don't like the stuff.

Your all-time favourite song is:
Script for a Jester’s Tear by Marillion.

What’s your claim to fame?
One of my Great Great Uncle’s compositions featured in this year’s Last Night of the Proms.

Andrew Stanford

Current Position: Financial Controller

Years at Extons: 12.5

What is it like being part of the Exton’s family?
The sense of teamwork is amazing. It’s actually a pleasure to come to work.

What’s your favourite cheese?
Camembert

Your all-time favourite song is:
“Pretty in Pink” – Psychedelic Furs

What’s your claim to fame?
A bit lame, but you can either have the fact that I was part of Aston University’s ballroom and Latin American dancing team for the university intramural competition or the fact that me and my son beat the Guinness world record for the tallest Jenga tower in 20 minutes (unfortunately, someone else did better after us, so it never made the official record book!)

Elaine Earp

Current Position: Commercial Accountant

Years at Extons: 2