In the Essex village of Tiptree, they’re making jam fit for a queen. Wilkin & Sons have held Royal Warrants since 1911 and supply their ‘Tiptree’ preserves to over 65 countries worldwide. If you’ve stayed at a premium hotel recently, chances are you’ve been served their jam or marmalade for breakfast.
Ian Thurgood spent ten years at the head of Wilkin and Sons, renowned for its ‘Tiptree’ preserves. He was variously responsible for global sales, marketing and business diversification. Most recently Ian was involved in change leadership, building a strong team for the future and developing new growth areas such as the ‘Tiptree’ tea room group. Wilkin and Sons has long nurtured an unconventional approach to recruitment. Ian built upon that philosophy, improving recruitment processes and at times stripping things back to organisational basics to promote long-term thinking. Ian is a Fellow of the CIM and is currently writing about entrepreneurial decision-making.