Meet the team

Mark Drummond, Owner

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.

Joanne Newman, Manager

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 following the birth of her second child she joined the Towngate Fisheries team working part-time. After several years working full-time as a frier, Joanne was promoted to Manager in February 2020

Vera Kibble, Frier/Shift Supervisor

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.

Jenny Kennedy, Frier/Shift Supervisor

Jenny joined to Towngate Fisheries Team in February 2020 as a Frier/Shift Supervisor. She had previously worked at a busy fish & chip shop in Horsforth, Leeds. She has 3 grown up children and in her spare time she owns two horses  that she rides and looks after.

Ally Kinsley

Ally Kinsley works at Towngate Fisheries as a part-time server and assistant to the frier. Ally rejoined the Towngate Fisheries team in October 2019 after a 5 year break. Ally was working at Towngate Fisheries when Mark bought the business in 1997 and Mark trained her to fry. She has two grown up children and two younger adopted children and in her spare time Ally is a ballroom dancer.

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.

Leanne Begg

Leanne works part-time at Towngate Fisheries while looking after her young son Jack.

Emily Wilson

Emily works part-time at Towngate Fisheries while studying A Levels at Immanuel College in Thackley.

Bailey England

Bailey works part time at Towngate Fisheries while studying A Levels at Hanson Academy. In his spare time he supports Bradford City and is a season ticket holder.

Meet the Towngate Fisheries team