Meet the team

Mark Drummond

Mark first worked in a fish and chip shop while still at school as a part-time job, serving and helping the owner prepare and fry chips. Following his A-Levels he took a year out working at Long Row Fisheries in Horsforth, Leeds, where he trained as a fish frier. Mark then went to Trent University, Nottingham and studied a BSc Degree in Physics and Chemistry followed by a PGCE.

After spending a year in the USA he decided he didn’t want to become a teacher and in 1991 Mark bought a fish and chip shop instead. This was extremely successful and following the sale of this business in 1997, Mark bought Towngate Fisheries.

As well as running Towngate Fisheries, Mark has worked as a volunteer for the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), training people new to the trade or interested in becoming a fish frier. Mark was head of training for the NFFF from 2009 – 2015 and Vice President from 2011 – 2014. Since 2010 Mark has helped Drywite organise and judge the Young Frish Frier of the Year Competition.

In his (little) spare time he sings with Inspiration. This has included concerts and shows throughout England, as well as singing in Belfast, Disneyland Paris and St Peters in the Vatican, Rome.

Mark Lyness

When Mark Drummond bought Towngate Fisheries in 1997, Mark Lyness delivered fish there every morning. He had previously been a fish frier at Queen Street Fisheries, Keighley and when, in 1999, an additional frier was needed at Towngate, he decided to take the job and give up having to get up to start work at 4am! After a spell running Bank Top Fisheries, he returned to Towngate Fisheries in 2005.

Vera Kibble

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 frys and serves as required.

Joanne Hoole

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 now, following the birth of her second child has joined the Towngate Fisheries team working part-time.

Caroline Thornton

Caroline (Caz) works part-time at Towngate Fisheries whilst being a mum to daughter Ivy and son Theo. In her spare time she enjoys art, shopping and computer games.

Alex Gallucci

Alex Gallucci works at Towngate Fisheries part-time while studying A levels at St Benedict's Sixth Form. In her spare time she loves listening to ABBA.

Hollie Hutton

Hollie works part-time at Towngate fisheries while studying A levels at Salts Grammar school.

Cameron Beer

Cameron works part-time at Towngate Fisheries whilst studying A Levels at Benton Park. He loves football and is a Bradford City season ticket holder.

Meet the Towngate Fisheries team