5 of the 6 nabim Advanced Milling diploma recipients in London July 2017
The program participants completed an 18-month program to earn advanced milling diplomas.
Photo courtesy of nabim.
LONDON, ENGLAND – Duncan Moore, president of The National Association of British and Irish Millers (nabim), awarded six advanced milling diplomas during an awards luncheon on July 11.

The diploma recipients completed an 18-month program that included residential weeks at nabim’s partners, Campden BRI (Chipping, Campden) and the Bühler Training Centre (Uzwil, Switzerland).

Receiving their diplomas were:  Neil Gordon, Carrs Flour, Kirkcaldy; Daniel Lister, Whitworth Bros, Worksop; Karl McGill, ADM Milling, Liverpool; Paul Moden, Whitworth Bros, Holbeach;  David Naylor, Allied Mills, Manchester; and Simon White, W&H Marriage and Sons, Chelmsford.

“The diploma program is all about safeguarding the future of the U.K. flour milling industry, providing skills, knowledge and understanding that will produce the technical leadership the industry needs in order to provide our customers and the final consumer with the consistent and high-quality products they seek,” Moore said while presenting the diplomas.

The Advanced Milling diploma was created when nabim’s member companies announced a need for a practical and technical training program that provided:

  • a further scope for the development of millers of the highest potential;
  • to improve the industry’s skills base, meeting its changing needs;
  • to provide means by which millers may gain a greater technical understanding of flour functionality;
  • to apply advanced theoretical knowledge in practical skills training.

The program has now been run four times starting in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015. A total of 24 participants have received diplomas since 2006. The six diplomas given out July 11 represent the largest number since the first year of the program and also the first time a 100% pass rate has been achieved, nabim said.

nabim represents around 50 flour mills in the U.K. and Ireland, producing 4 million tonnes of flour per year from wheat and other cereals grown mainly in the U.K. It has been running training courses for millers for more than 100 years, with students from all over the world.