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Our Team

Our culinary team’s experience is vast, with 27 years within F&B development, 57 years in restaurant kitchens (12 at Michelin level), 13 years of training in food, 21 in manufacturing, 6 years marketing and buying teams, 19 years in retail and 24 years at director level. Phew!

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Mike Faers

Founder, F!S Group

Our CEO and Founder and all round operations guru, Mike has a huge amount of experience from the kitchens of Le Gavroche to heading up Product for McDonald’s Europe and then globally. Growing tired of working with agencies who could talk the talk but failed to deliver, Mike left his role at McDonalds to start F!S in 2010. Having run and established manufacturing plants, innovation academies and worked extensively with all of the UK’s major retailers, Mike offers strategic planning, troubleshooting and innovation best practise to F!S clients, using decades of expertise to ensure that businesses operate efficiently and innovate brilliantly.

Kelly Dowson

MD, F!S Group

Fiercely ambitious, Kelly is the driving force behind the F!S Group and has been here since the start. Kelly produces nothing but her best, and with this approach, guides her team to provide exceptional consumer-centered services to all F!S group clients. Kelly’s dedication to customer service  and project delivery, is second to none. She is passionate about creating and developing high performing teams, and creating an inspiring place for people to work and grow.

Emily James

Senior Consultant

Emily is the Senior Consultant, taking the lead as team manager. Her composure in a crisis and determinism to find creative yet flexible solutions means she is the first point of call for our clients. Her commercial background allows her to streamline projects  from start to finish, facilitating progress and getting the best results for every client.

In the kitchen, Emily’s specialism lies in confectionery and trendy plant-based cuisine and has such worked with a range of large FMCG clients including UNILEVER and Subway.

Alex Dome

Development Chef

An acclaimed chef with over 10 years of culinary experience under his belt, our development chef Alex has an extensive knowledge and understanding of food and flavour profiles. His competitive streak saw him into the quarter finals of Masterchef the Professionals as well as into the final rounds of both the RACA annual award of excellence  and BCF national chef of the year awards.

Leaving his position as Sous Chef at Covent Garden’s Petersham Nurseries Alex joined the development team at F!S last year. Since then, he has come to thrive on fast-paced projects, including TRG, SUBWAY and FOOD STARS, and developed a keen eye for using market trends and latest ingredient solutions to create products that are innovative and  technically sound.


Olly Henshall

Innovation Consultant

Olly is an Innovation Consultant at F!S.  His experience and passion for food, alongside his in-depth understanding of how to develop products correctly targeted to a range of consumers equips Olly with a wealth of knowledge to push the boundaries of innovation and helping companies with their development resource.