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Ian Thomson.

A WELL-RESPECTED BAKER as been tasked with driving the design of new industry training courses developed by the National Skills Academy (NSA) for Food and Drink Manufacturing--0845 644 0558part of sector skills council Improve.

Ian Thomson, a second generation Master Baker and proprietor of Thomson's Bakery in Newcastle, has been appointed chairman of the NSA's bakery steering group, which is made up of leading industry employers and stakeholders. The steering group works alongside the NSA bakery network, a group of topquality learning providers that specialise in training for the bakery industry, in shaping the development of training programmes to ensure they respond to employers' needs, with relevant content and an appropriate method of delivery. Alongside wife Jan, Ian has run Thomson's Bakery for the past 30 years, after taking over from his parents who established the business in 1956. The firm has grown to become one of the leading artisan bakeries in the northeast, employing a workforce of 15 and making a variety of specialist breads and cakes for a diverse range of customers.

As well as managing Thomson's fulltime, Ian has worked as a bakery lecturer at Newcastle College, and also enjoyed a term as chairman of the National Association of Master Bakers Training and Education Committee.

Ian takes over as NSA bakery steering group chairman from former Finsbury Food boss Dave Brooks, whose tenure came to an end at the start of the year.

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