Skip navigation

MDS Open Day

Park Inn, Peterborough


30 years of MDS, a partnership of companies investing in high calibre people for the food, fresh produce, horticultural and agricultural sectors.

The event will cover:

  • Overview and presentation from Christine Tacon, MDS Chair.
  • What has been achieved from 30 years of investing in people and the vision for the future.
  • An overview of member companies, including: Aldi Stores, Angus Soft Fruits, Berry Gardens, Syngenta, G’s Fresh, PepsiCo International and Riverford Organic Farmers.
  • Members of the press, member companies, graduates and potential new members of the programme will be present at this event.

About the briefing

10.00am – MDS Overview, Christine Tacon

10.55am – Meet four of the MDS Alumni, including Andrew Staniland, Buying Director at Aldi. Andrew was in training to compete as a long jumper in the Olympics but due to an injury had to withdraw. He then applied for MDS and is now a buying director at Aldi, just six years after completing MDS.

12.05pm – Hear from three current MDS member businesses

1.00pm – Lunch & networking

About MDS

MDS is a unique partnership of companies that was formed 30 years ago, to attract high calibre recruits with management potential into the fresh food, produce, horticulture and arable supply chain. Since then, MDS has seen over 350 trainees complete its graduate scheme, designed to equip young people with the experience and training to rapidly become senior business leaders within the industry. In recent years, the number of graduates recruited has been increasing to meet the looming skills gap, meaning that by 2020 MDS will be providing the industry with 30 aspiring managers annually.

For many years MDS has been the “secret weapon” of the fresh produce industry, however MDS is now broadening its reach to the wider food and fresh produce supply chain. Today its membership includes retail, agrochemical and food processing businesses, providing trainees with an even broader view of the industry.

RSVP: Anna Williams, email:

Facebook: @MDSLtd1986

Twitter: @MDS_Updates

Event Details

Park Inn, Peterborough
Telephone House
Wentworth Street


a sign in front of a crowd

Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

Research at Northumbria

Research at Northumbria

Research is the life blood of a University and at Northumbria University we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference; research that has application and affects people's lives.

a person sitting at a table

Order your prospectus

If you would like to know more about our courses, or life in general as a student at Northumbria, then we can help you.

Latest News and Features

Professor Matthew Johnson has been involved in research which has modelled the impact a Universal Basic Income could have on poverty and inequality.
Northumbria University has launched a new report that sets out its social impact and identifies where it is spreading opportunity to those who need it most.  The Social Mobility Impact Report has been developed in partnership with former Education Secretary Rt Hon Justine Greening.
MFA student Celia Burbush, MFA co-Programme Leader Gavin Butt and Deputy Head of Arts, Steve Gilroy, are pictured outside the new look Gallery North.
Minister for Science, Research and Innovation opens £2m investment in region’s Engineering and Environment students
REF 2021
Professor Andrew Wathey CBE speaking at the Rutherford Roundtable
Sarah Munro, Director of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art stood next to Professor Katy Shaw, Director of Cultural Partnerships at Northumbria University, in front of The Travelling Gallery bus in the Quad on Northumbria University's campus.
Dr Matteo Sommacal

Back to top