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About Chris >
Chris gained valuable experience supplying fresh produce to leading UK supermarkets. Using his knowledge of managing supply chains in a dynamic industry defined by deadlines, Chris established Elite Recycling Solutions together with wife, Fiona, in 2007 and manages the business. Chris is an enthusiastic football fan who also coaches a local youth team – and he’s never deterred by challenges on or off the pitch!
Chris Smits
Managing Director
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About Fiona >
Having graduated with an Agri-Food Business degree, Fiona developed exceptional skills in supply chain management while working for several large food and horticultural operations across the UK. As well as taking care of finances, Fiona is also involved in all other aspects of the business. The couple take care of three young children and a lively Labrador – which presents a logistical challenge in itself!
Fiona Smits
Finance Director
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About Rob >
After graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Rob set off on a career in packaging manufacture before progressing to senior commercial roles within fast moving consumer goods. Rob brings to Elite his vast experience of supply chains, from raw materials to end product on shelf, in many different categories and with a diverse range of customers. Away from work Rob loves watching and playing all sports plus sharing happy times with his family.
Rob Craddock
Business Development Director
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About Guy >
After studying mathematics at University College London, Guy has served as an accountant within the construction and waste management sectors throughout his life. Since joining Elite in 2014, Guy has played an important part in helping the business grow. He is also an avid rock climber and hiker who spends most of his spare time scaling new heights.
Guy Lapidge
Accounts Manager
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About Alex >
After a degree at agricultural college, Alex developed his skills working in the fresh produce industry, subsequently working in the development of innovative new technologies that help and improve fresh produce supply chains. Alex enjoys problem solving and working with clients to find opportunities and deliver value. Outside of work he is passionate about cars and motorsport, as well as a keen mountain biker happy seeking out new and challenging trails to ride.
Alex McNair
Business Development Manager
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About Enda >
Having previously managed bars in London and Surrey, Enda has worked in roles sourcing sustainable packaging for fresh vegetables and more recently working to re-direct food waste from landfill to anaerobic digestion. Enda enjoys working with the like-minded problem solving Elite team to sustainably and economically assist companies to maximise their recycling volumes within the waste hierarchy. Away from work Enda loves sea fishing despite suffering from seasickness!!!
Enda Browne
Business Development Manager
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About Kurtis >
Having spent the majority of his career in operations management within the home improvement and transport industries, Kurtis is excited to bring a range of skills and experience to Elite. He enjoys the daily variety and the opportunity to overcome the challenges that come with working in operations and enjoys interacting with people. Outside of work Kurtis spends time cooking, socialising and trying (possibly failing) to train an adorable but frustratingly disobedient German Shepherd puppy.
Kurtis Hall
Operations Manager
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About Layla >
Layla studied politics at the University of Westminster then worked in the hustle and bustle of the hospitality industry. At Elite Layla is a valued member of the operational team working hard to deliver our bespoke client services. Layla enjoys spending her time away from work visiting art galleries and museums and learning about different cultures. She is an avid foodie who loves to cook!
Layla El-Shafi
Operations Coordinator
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About Lucy >
Lucy joins the Elite team in the role of Operations Assistant, providing additional client support and assistance to the operations team. Lucy is spending her year in industry with us as part of her Harper Adams university Business Management with Marketing Degree. Away from work Lucy enjoys socialising with friends and family especially in the summer sun.
Lucy Ferrigno
Operations Assistant
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About Suzi >
Suzi studied Chemical Sciences at King's College, London but moved into banking and finance – working in client and finance management information (MI), and data quality for a number of years. Suzi is excited to be a part of the accounts team at Elite at this time of expansion and growth. Outside of work she enjoys Latin American and ballroom dancing and live jazz and looks forward to attending the summer season of BBC Proms concerts every year.
Suzi Schillaci
Accounts Administrator