Time to meet the team at the top here at World of Sweets. Introducing our board of directors...

Steve Foster


Steve joined the group in 2016 from Beechnut Nutrition Company, where he lived 9 years in USA. Steve is huge believer in opportunity, honesty, integrity, and teamwork.”Selling sweets is the best job my kids think I could have. I agree because we have a great business and look forward to all of us making it even better!”

Jonathan Summerley


Jonathan joined the group in 1988 and has led the buying team for the last 15 years and has recently taken over the role of group COO. He has spent his whole career at the group and now oversees the buying team, export, and accountability for all 14 Hancocks Cash & Carry’s.

Helen Bradshaw


Helen joined the business in 2018 as Marketing Director having spent most of her career in Confectionery – 9 Years at Cadbury, 8 Years at Thorntons & 3.5 years at the World of Sweets Group. In 2020, Helen took on the role of Sales and Marketing Director, working in a breadth of roles across Sales, Marketing, Category, and Insights. She leads the field sales, national accounts and marketing teams across the group.

Ian Gavin


Ian joined the business in 2020 with over 30 years’ experience in confectionery industry across Sales, Marketing, Licensing and Product Development. Prior to joining World of Sweets, Ian co-owned and ran a medium sized Confectionery Trading company. Ian is now accountable for developing world class brand partnerships

Gareth Walbyoff

eCommerce Director

Gareth is eCommerce Director accountable for our trading websites and With over 15 years of eCommerce/Digital professional experience he lives and breath all things digital. Having previous senior roles at the likes of Boots, Dunelm and Holland & Barrett, Gareth is passionate about putting the customer at the heart of everything we do, and his key objective is to give our customers the best end-to-end experience when shopping online with us.

Zach Towers

Group People & Service Director

Having spent all of his career within HR and the majority within Confectionery, previously working at Ferrero & Thorntons, Zach joined the group in 2018 to lead our People team who ensure that we nurture the right culture across the group and continue to recruit great talent, develop our colleagues and retain them. Our colleagues are key to the success of our business and our partners businesses!

Zach also leads our internal services teams for the group including; Customer Service, Fleet management, Technical/food quality and Health & Safety to bring together the central team who ensure our products are of great quality, that our customers and colleagues are safe and importantly that we are an easy group to partner with, ensuring our service is excellent first time.

Richard Norbury

Group Chief Financial Officer

Richard joined the World of Sweets group in August 2019 having previously worked for KPMG LLP as a Director in their M&A division and for Experian PLC as UK&I Chief Accountant.

Originally from Doncaster, he has lived in Nottingham since first attending the University there in 2002 where he studied Mathematical Physics. Richard is a chartered accountant and has been a member of the ICAEW since 2010.