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 Physics and Chemistry and trained to be a techer.

However, Mark decided teaching wasn't for him so in 1991 he 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 volunteered for the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) and was Vice President from 2011 – 2014. Since 2010 Mark has helped Drywite organise and judge the Young Frish Frier of the Year Competition.

Mark now spends most of his time caring for his eldely parents. In his 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.

Adam Hutton, Assistant Manager

Adam joined Towngate Fisheries as Assistant Manager in October 2020. He had previously worked at a fish frier for the Wetherby Whaler group for six years. In January 2020 he was placed 3rd in the national Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year Competition. Adam has a young daughter and is a big football fan.

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.

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.

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