Meet the Team
Our experienced team are dedicated to serving the nation’s favourite dish at its finest.
All team members undertake at least Level 2 qualifications in food hygiene, in addition to an extensive in-house training programme. Our friers also undertake allergen awareness training and we always have a minimum of one trained first aider working every shift.
We are all here to answer any questions you may have about our products, so please feel free to ask any questions or alternatively you can contact us by email.
Mark Drummond, Owner
Mark first worked in a fish and chip shop part-time whilst still at school and in 1991 he bought his own shop. In 1997, Mark bought Towngate Fisheries.
As well as running Towngate Fisheries, Mark has volunteered for the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) and was Vice President from 2011 – 2014. Since 2010 Mark has helped Drywite organise and judge the Young Fish Frier of the Year Competition.
Mark now spends most of his time caring for his elderly parents. In his spare time he sings with Inspiration. This has included concerts and shows throughout England, as well as singing in Belfast, Disneyland Paris and St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, Rome.
Joanne Newman, Manager
Joanne first worked for Mark at Bank Top Fisheries in 2001. When Mark sold that business she left to become an Air Stewardess. She worked for Mark again at Gullivers on Great Horton Road from 2008 and following the birth of her second child she joined the Towngate Fisheries team working part-time. After several years working full-time as a frier, Joanne was promoted to Manager in February 2020.
Adam Hutton, Assistant Manager
Adam joined Towngate Fisheries as Assistant Manager in October 2020. He had previously worked as a fish frier for the Wetherby Whaler group for six years. In January 2020 he was placed 3rd in the national Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year Competition. Adam has a young daughter and is a big football fan.
Vera Kibble, Frier/Shift Supervisor
Vera started work at Towngate Fisheries in 2008 as a counter assistant. She had previously worked at Wellington Fisheries, Undercliffe as a server and frier. When the opportunity arose in early 2010 to become a frier at Towngate, Vera re-trained and now both fries and serves as required.
Hollie Hutton, Apprentice Fish Frier/Shift Supervisor
Hollie started work part-time at Towngate fisheries whilst studying A Levels. In March 2020 Hollie became full-time and started a Level 3 Apprenticeship through HIT training in frying, customer service and business management.
Ally Kinsley works at Towngate Fisheries as a part-time server and assistant to the frier. Ally rejoined the Towngate Fisheries team in October 2019 after a five year break. Ally was working at Towngate Fisheries when Mark bought the business in 1997 and Mark trained her to fry. She has two grown up children and two younger adopted children and in her spare time Ally is a ballroom dancer.
Leanne works part-time at Towngate Fisheries while looking after her young son Jack.
Emily works part-time at Towngate Fisheries while studying A Levels at Immanuel College in Thackley.
Bailey works part-time at Towngate Fisheries while studying A Levels at Hanson Academy. In his spare time, he supports Bradford City and is a season ticket holder.