Uniq has handed Stephen Woolley the new role of managing director for its Smedley's Salads business.

Woolley joins the Spalding-based business from Young's Bluecrest, where he was general manager for its Hull site.

Prior to that he spent four years in senior operational roles at Geest's Bourne Salads business.Woolley said that he was delighted to be returning to the challenges of the prepared salads category, adding: "Smedley's is an excellent business operating in a category that has huge potential for growth. The team here has done some great work in terms of investing in cutting edge technology and product innovation. I believe this really sets the business apart from its competitors."

Uniq prepared foods managing director Rick Turnbull added: "We are delighted that we have been able to attract a candidate of Stephen's calibre and are confident that it will go from strength to strength under his leadership."