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Taste a Healthy World
Next Step Foods is a forward-thinking snack food company, dreaming up and developing the next big things in sustainable, healthy, tasty snacks.

The Board

Tony Askins - Next Step Foods

Tony Askins

Founder and CEO

The past 10 years has seen Tony deliver innovative, award-winning environmental regeneration projects as landscape architect and project manager. Tony has now brought his creativity and motivation along with his strategic business and project management experience into the food manufacturing sector. Next Step Foods is where Tony’s passions for the adventurous and new; environmental sustainability; and healthy, delicious food come together. Tony’s experience includes management of over 25 capital projects; multidisciplinary team and stakeholder management; and excellent communications skills developed through client, contractor and business to business relationships; contractual negotiations and presentation events.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture, both from the University of Sheffield.

Naomi Benoist - Next Step Foods

Naomi Benoist

Non Executive Director

Naomi began her career as a chef 12 years ago. She has worked in all sections of the kitchen but specialises in pastry work. After training in a 2 rosette restaurant where she gaining her culinary qualifications, she spent 5 years working in a 5 star hotel in the new forest. Here she honed her skills in both pastry and bakery departments.

Naomi has a particular interest in health and nutrition and amongst her other roles she specialised in creating dishes for customers with food intolerances.

After a year cooking in Australia Naomi moved to Sheffield and works as a development chef for a fine food company, where she continues to indulge her passion for top quality ingredients and innovative cooking.

Mark Braeburn - Next Step Foods

Mark Bradburn

Non Executive Director

Mark has worked as a learning & development professional for over 17 years, in both Food Manufacturing & Distribution and Telecoms. Mark is passionate about people and facilitating growth. Currently working as the Talent, Learning & Culture Business Partner for Warburtons, he’s leading the development of their Competency Frameworks and coaching members of the Leadership teams. He is also obsessed with making bread!

Mark is director of his own company, Resourceful Learning & Development: Creating learning experiences that enable people and businesses to achieve great things. Mark is also a qualified NLP business practitioner and experienced performance coach.

“I believe that everyone brings their unique talents and energy to the table in every situation in life. Harnessing and nurturing this energy is the key to personal and business success.”

JOe Askins - Next Step Foods

Joe Askins

Non Executive Director

Joe is a passionate, proven innovator and change agent with over 10 years’ senior and director level leadership and strategic consultancy experience in the public, private and third sector. Joe has 15 years’ experience of developing and transforming enterprises, products and services including social enterprise, creative partnership and commercial housing ventures.

She has a flair for creative innovation and a track record of programme directorship that has delivered across cultural and organisational boundaries. Joe has experience of developing marketing and communications strategies and content planning including exploitation of emerging digital and social platforms. Joe is also an experienced executive coach with a particular interest in motivating for change.

Joe holds a Master’s degree in Critical Theory & Modern Languages and a post graduate diploma in Leadership & Coaching both from the University of Sheffield.

Yumpa is Next Step Foods’ flag ship brand. Yumpa is an exciting range of natural energy bars made with protein-packed cricket flour, nuts, dried fruit, seeds and other healthy treats to pack a big flavour punch.
Free from gluten, dairy, soya and sulphites, with no added sugar and high in fibre, Yumpa is also the first snack bar in Europe to have a certified, fully compostable wrapper. Find out more at www.yumpabar.co.uk