Meet our Team

  • Simon Howie

    Managing Director

    Simon Howie

    Managing Director

    Simon founded the butchery business back in 1986 in the small village of Dunning where the business still resides today. The Howie family have been farming locally for the past 100 years. The farming roots made a terrific platform on which to set up the meat business and he is quick to acknowledge the encouragement and support his parents gave him. Simon trained as a butcher in a shop in Perth then decided to go it alone and start is own small shop in Dunning. He went on to open three more shops then the factory in Dunning came along when he bought the neighbouring farm, Findony in 1994. His dad’s uncle Bob Mailer had also owned Findony until the 1950’s and coincidentally he was the local butcher in Dunning too. Simon is a butcher at heart and the love of the meat trade and the people involved makes him extremely passionate about moving the business forward. Seeing products that have been prepared and packed in Dunning sell to happy customers throughout the UK gives him real satisfaction. Ultimately great businesses come down to having great people and Simon is quick to credit his team, many of whom have been with him for over twenty years or more, acknowledging “they are the backbone of our business”.

    • Simon’s favourite product – Sirloin steak
  • Gary Conacher

    Gary Conacher

    Managing Director

    Gary Conacher

    Managing Director

    Gary is the engine-room of the business. After joining the company in 1998 he quickly transformed our retail business and we won the coveted Top Shop 2000 for our Perth shop. We went on to win this title further 4 times as well as the UK wide, Best Butcher shop in Britain. Gary will be quick to compliment his colleagues in the shops but he was the driver behind the success. The Dunning Food factory is now Gary's base and he has 120 people under his charge. The products you see on shelf have all come under his watchful eye. Simon often tells him... "Thank goodness you're in our team Gary"

    • Gary’s favourite product – Beef Stroganoff
  • Jim Park

    Craft Butcher

    Jim Park

    Jim Park

    Craft Butcher

    Jim is quite literally our number one employee. He joined Simon in May 1987 in the small Dunning shop, just 5 months after it opened. Together they worked hard at bringing in new customers and began serving meat to hotels and restaurants. By 1990 they had 10 people working in the shop and business was booming. Simon often remarks to new-starts that he is extremely proud of the fact that the early employees such as Jim remain a huge part of the business to this day. Jim makes our sausages - give them a try, you'll be able to taste the 40 years of butchery experience that he adds to the product. There are no short cuts to achieving this kind of heritage.

    • Jim’s favourite product – The Wee Black Pudding
  • Steven Lynn

    Commercial Director

    Steven Lynn

    Commercial Director

    Steven is one of our Directors and oversees all aspects of sales in our business - from supermarkets to hotels and restaurants. Steven has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of the meat industry and is able to utilise his skills across different sectors - He can be found discussing sausages with supermarket buyers to fillet steaks with one of the country's top chefs and he enjoys a great working relationship with all our customers.

     

  • James Tree

    Sales Manager

    James Tree

    Sales Manager

    James is our man on the ground when it comes to food service sales, out and about meeting Chefs and showing them the fantastic quality meat we have on offer. James naturally forges strong new customer relationships and continues to build on our existing account base. He is always happy to answer any enquiry or question you might have and is a passionate and loyal brand ambassador.

  • Clair Howison

    Brand Marketing Manager

    Clair Howison

    Brand Marketing Manager

    Clair has a wealth of experience in retail brand development and comes with a real passion to drive our business forward with a mixture of new product development, packaging design and social media growth. Clair is a busy working mum so she knows how our products should look and feel from a consumer’s perspective, which is great. While fully immersed in how the brand currently operates Clair is in charge of the exciting changes to come.

  • Liz Dawson

    Business Development Manager

    Liz Dawson

    Business Development Manager

    Liz keeps us updated on what’s happing in the market place, she visits our customer stores daily to ensure that our products look perfect and that availability is where it should be. She is very good at picking up trends and has forged excellent relationships with the in-store colleagues.  Liz supports Barry and the sales teams and we value her input to new product development and our brand development process.

    • Liz’s favourite product –The Premium pork sausage
  • Cat MacGregor

    Technical Manager

    Cat MacGregor

    Technical Manager

    Cat is our technical manager. In modern day food preparation facilities such as ours it is vital that we are not only squeaky clean but that we can demonstrate that we have all the right procedures in place. We are very happy to say that Cat smiles as she goes about her work due to having a factory production team who really buy into the fact that we need to be the best operators possible.  Cat is supported by Michaela and Kamil, both of whom help share the workload. We have full BRC accreditation which is no mean feat. We are very lucky to have such a talented technical support team.

    • Cat’s favourite product – Smoked back bacon
  • Mike McCafferty

    Commercial Director

    Mike McCafferty

    Commercial Director

    Mike has been with us for over 20 years and was recently appointed as a Commercial Director within the business. He’s a rare breed in that not only is he a trained butcher but he spent 10 years working within The Gleneagles Hotel as their in-house meat specialist so he came to us (over 20 years ago) with a set of skills which has helped us think like chefs when we deal with our food service customers. He’s a multi-talented guy who takes on all kinds of projects and has become the go-to person for all sorts of issues whether they be sales, technical, NPD or Admin.

     

    • Mike’s favourite product – The Classic Burger
  • Robbie Singer

    Procurement Manager

    Robbie Singer

    Procurement Manager

    Robbie Singer is one of the meat trade’s most knowledgeable people. He began his working career in retail butchery then headed to the Aberdeen Meat Marketing company. This led to him becoming the boss of renowned Perthshire business, Tay Valley Meats Ltd for the gregarious entrepreneur, George Sinclair.  TVM grew to a massive size due to Robbie’s ability to add new products and use innovative new technologies to produce them.

    He then went on to buy the shop that Simon served his apprenticeship in, Rattray Butchers Perth, and subsequently sold this business to Simon in 1996. He then joined Simon Howie as the meat buyer as well as providing his experience and knowledge for all round support. Robbie can turn his hand to any part of the business and his friendly and helpful manner makes him a hugely valuable asset to the business.

    Robbie is very quick to acknowledge the support he gets from Patrycja Zak, his buying assistant. Patrycja is always smiling and this brings sense of fun and enjoyment to her work, which can often be demanding and detailed. Patrycja works in a close partnership with Robbie and she is gaining experience and knowledge to the extent that he can now rely on her for many of the most important duties in the buying department.

    • Robbie's Favourite Product - Beef Olives
  • Crom

    Head Butcher

    Crom

    Head Butcher

    Crom is actually Albert Cromarty but very few people know this as he simply answers to his shortened name. Crom joined us in 1993 and has seen the business move from a single shop in Dunning to the factory that we now have at Findony Farm. He is a butcher of the highest calibre and as such his knife skills are simply excellent. He has great pace and capacity for work and can be seen working his way through a mountain of sirloins and other cuts, daily in the factory. Ultimately it’s people like Crom who help make our company successful. He originally hails from Orkney which is very evident when you chat to him. Always smiling and happy at his work (ok, most of the time) he is a very popular member of our team.

    • Crom's Favourite Product - Sirloin Steak
  • George Wood

    Factory Manager

    George Wood

    Factory Manager

    George Wood joined us in 1992. He originally worked in our Auchterarder shop and as a local lad he was extremely popular with our customers. George quickly showed that he could step up and be relied upon so we soon promoted him to manager of the shop. When we opened our factory premises in 1997 we had grown our hotel supply business to such an extent that George took over the production management of this and today he still provides right-hand-man support to Gary in the factory, always making sure that details have been attended to and never looking at his watch. George will be the first to offer to go out of his way to help in any situation and his can-do attitude, flexibility and crucially his terrific butchery knowledge makes him someone that we trust and value in the business.

    • George's favourite product - Simon's Choice Steak, Onion and Thyme Sausages
  • Craig Wallace

    Plant Manager

    Craig Wallace

    Plant Manager

    Craig recently joined us as Plant Manager. This is another exciting new phase for the business as we develop our new systems and techniques and as such we are delighted that someone of Craig’s calibre has agreed to take control of the factory and our people on site. This will free up a lot of Gary’s time to help in many other areas whilst he supports Craig on his learning journey.  Factories like ours are not for the feint hearted, we have 24/7 operations happening with tasks ranging from Craft butchery for the top hotels to high volume sausage and pudding production which heads to our supermarket customers. We look forward to learning new things from Craig and to watching him flourish in the new role.
    • Craig's favourite product - Premium Black Pudding
  • Our Meat

    Bacon

    Dry-Cured and thick cut

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  • Where we Started

    My first love was always farming, but at the age of twelve my dad suggested butchery, so I started as a Saturday boy in a local Perth shop.
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  • Our Shops

    Opening Times Mon - Fri 7am - 5pm, Sat 7am - 4:30pm

    • Perth Shop Manager: Bruce

      Telephone: 01738 626376

    • Auchterarder Shop Manager: Paul

      Telephone: 01764 664888

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