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Happy 30th anniversary, Melanie!

Congratulations, Melanie (Mel) for 30 fabulous years with T.Soanes & Son!

Melanie Jackson began her career with us aged 17 in 1987 when she asked her sister to help her find short term work.

What was supposed to be a temporary job, while Melanie was waiting to go into the army, turned out to be the start of a 30-year-long career.

Melanie, who lives in Driffield, now oversees three roles at T.Soanes & Son: live programme manager and health and safety and senior animal welfare officer. She said she feels blessed to work with a tight-knit and friendly team.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Soanes for making my 30 years here worthwhile and rewarding. I’ve worked across all departments and have seen the business grow, expand and become more and more professional,” Melanie added.

“It doesn’t feel like 30 years have passed because I have had several job changes so for that reason it has been like starting a new job each time. We are a unique family business and that carries through to everyone here – I call the team my extended family.”

Melanie spent four years as a line process worker before moving onto several supervisor roles and then becoming head supervisor in the factory.

She then took on a role as technical manager, during which time she delivered the SALSA accreditation for the business and wrote our HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) policy.

Although we’re still owned by the Soanes family, the business is now under the general management of Nigel Upson who was appointed in 2012. Speaking about Melanie’s long service, he said: “Dedicated staff members like Melanie are an increasing rarity nowadays and I speak for everyone when I say she is a credit to the company and we are so pleased to be celebrating her 30 years here at Soanes.”

As live programme manager, Melanie plans and orchestrates the movements of the live birds that arrive on site to the highest welfare and bio-security standards. Her other responsibilities involve interacting with staff across departments to make sure that work practices are safe and staff health issues are dealt with. She is also tasked with maintaining the business’ Red Tractor certification.

We hope that you have a great day, Mel!