Guy Bowman: Upholding the family tradition

by Meyer Sosland
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Jas Bowman and Sons Limited Chief Executive Guy Bowman is the fifth generation of the family to head the company since its founding.

After a period of technical training with Thomas Robinson, Guy joined the family owned business. In 1969, his father Peter, gave him responsibility for project managing a major investment which involved the building of a 100-tonne-perday Simon flour mill of innovative design in a new low-profile building on the Ickleford site. He deemed this "an ideal business project to sharpen his skills."

Guy took over as managing director from his father in 1984.

Throughout his career, he has always taken a keen and active interest in industry affairs, in which he has increasingly been able to represent the interests of the independent millers. This started with membership of the "Young Millers" section of the National Association of British and Irish Millers (nabim), serving for a time as chairman of the section.

He currently holds the role of treasurer of the nabim Executive Committee on which he has served since 1988. He was also for a time chairman of its Health and Safety Committee.

He has been attending the International Association of Operative Millers annual Expo and Conference for many years, and in 2006 he was the keynote speaker at the International Milling Education Foundation (IMEF) breakfast during the conference in Austin, Texas, U.S.

Guy is now in the midst of a threeyear term as Chairman of Council of the Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA), the largest such food research association in Europe.

In this role, he is involved in the current proposal to merge the group with Brewing Research International (BRI) in Nutfield, Surrey by the end of 2007.