Keith Gill

Durham Food Hub Manager

Keith joined Durham Community Action  as Durham Food Hub Manager in January 2017.

Keith’s role is to develop a Hub to connect the small regional producers with the sales outlets within Co Durham with the key objective of increasing awareness and sales level for both. To date there are around 75 producers and around 1,000 outlets.

Keith has spent the last 35 years as a ‘food pioneer and entrepreneur’ in two different market sectors. He has developed two small and medium enterprises in Consett, Co Durham with a combined turnover of £40m and employing nearly 400 people. He has helped create two brands in ‘Phileas Fogg’, savoury snacks for adults and ‘Look What We Found’, a provenance proven range of long shelf life meals, soups and sauces featuring farmers and growers on the key ingredients in the product range.

Keith is semi-retired now but also has a wealth of experience in smaller enterprises acting as a mentor under a Durham University Business School scheme to support regional producers in 2001, after the ‘foot and mouth’ epidemic that required a ‘re-think’ on Agricultural Policy and led to the growth of The Farmers Markets, Farm Shops and the evolution of smaller regional producers.

He now runs a ‘micro business’ that he set up with his wife, Pauline nearly 3 years ago, converting their home into a Luxury B&B. The Breakfast offer follows his philosophy of local and/or homemade with homemade sausages, free range eggs from their own hens, homemade bread, biscuits, marmalade and cakes for their guests. These are supplemented by local milk, mushrooms and tomatoes from their local greengrocer and smoked salmon and kippers from Craster in Northumberland.

He is passionate about local produce and as natural as you can get ingredients so he is highly motivated to use his experience to assist the development of our County’s Food Industry.

Finally, he was awarded with an Honorary Master of Science degree by his alma mater in Sept 2015.  

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Telephone: 01388 742064

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