Paul Isherwood

Paul is Head of Technical & Quality for The SHS Group Drinks Division. He is accountable for leading the application of technical standards for the WKD, Merrydown, Shloer&Bottlegreen brands, driving and developing the Quality improvement plans and providing expertise to assist business growth and performance.

Previously he was Director Innovation & External Networks with the Nutrition category of GlaxoSmithKline, which covered the sourcing & contracting with key strategic partners for the Lucozade, Ribena, Horlicks and Maxinutrition brands.

Before GSK, Paul was Technical Director for The Virgin Drinks Group and accountabilities included global product & packaging development, innovation, quality & concentrate supply.

Prior to Virgin, Paul worked for Cott Beverages supporting the commercial team in the start-up and ongoing technical management (including NPD & quality activities) of the co-packing partners throughout Europe.

Paul started his career in soft drinks with Schweppes which became Coca-Cola & Schweppes Beverages (CCSB) and enjoyed various roles of increasing responsibility in R&D, Technical, Quality and Manufacturing over a total of 15 years.

Paul graduated with First Class Honours in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham and he gained a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) through a distance learning programme with Aston Business School.

He is a regular presenter and chair at external Food & Drink conferences, speaking on Quality, Food Safety, NPD, Technical and Innovation related topics.