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Our People

Here at Dorringtons we pride ourselves on our strong family history and incredible staff loyalty. After almost 100 years, Dorringtons continues to run in the family and the 4th generation is now working within the business.

Caroline Sharples

Managing Director

Caroline, the granddaughter of founder Ernest Dorrington, studied at L’École Hôtelière in Lausanne, Switzerland and worked in restaurants and hotels including The Dorchester during the late 1970’s before opening her own restaurant and catering business during the 1980’s.

She joined Dorringtons in the early 1990’s as Director, introducing many new products and administrative systems, and became Managing Director in late November 2007 after the retirement of James Dorrington. Caroline continues to oversee and maintain Dorringtons traditional standards and quality.

Favourite Dorringtons Product: Chia Bread

Martin Sedgwick

Bakery Manager

Martin joined Dorringtons in January 1987 as an apprentice for 3 years whilst he studied at The National Bakery College in London. He then joined the Dorringtons team full time as a Baker and also played semi professional football from 1990 - 2004, not easy getting up for an early morning bakery shift after a mid- week match!

In 2007 Martin became Bakery Manager and manages around 30 bakery staff. Martin was awarded a scholarship to Richmont Bakery College, Switzerland in 2010 and attended the school for a short course.

Favourite Dorringtons Product: Black Forest Gateau

Chris Hughes

General Manager

Chris has worked for Dorringtons for almost 30 years, and prior to that worked for Millers for over 20 years before the company was purchased by Dorringtons. Chris has extensive experience working in the bakery and is now predominantly based in the Operations Office where he is responsible for the buying for the company and assisting with other operational tasks within the business.

Favourite Dorringtons Product: Jam Doughnuts & Sausage Rolls

Sonia Vincent-Hoy

Retail Manager

Sonia has worked at Dorringtons for 17 years. She began working in the bakery as a Saturday Assistant before becoming Manager of the Bishops Stortford branch and now Retail Manager. Sonia has seen Dorringtons grow from having 6 shops to 16, and now the start of our new delivery vans, bringing fresh products to your workplace.

Favourite Dorringtons Product: Black Cherry, Custard & Crumble Danish Pastry

Sophie Gilbert

Director

Sophie has worked at Dorringtons as Development Manager for 7 years, however, as the great-granddaughter of Ernest Dorrington, the business has always been a big part of her life. She has recently been appointed as a Director for Dorringtons.

As Development Manager Sophie looks after Wedding & Celebration Cakes, the website & social media, marketing, advertising & branding and new product development. Sophie loves having the chance to be creative in her job, whether it be designing a show stopping Wedding Cake or creating a new Christmas Hamper.

Favourite Dorringtons Product: Rocky Road or Millionaire's Shortbread

Wilfred Dorrington

Director

As a 4th generation Dorrington and avid baker, Wilfred came to work in the business just over 6 years ago. Having spent time in the bakery creating specialist breads and cakes and travelling to various Baking Schools to learn new skills he joined the Head Office team in 2016.

Wilfred has recently overseen the recent refurbishment of our Great Dunmow shop and is involved in ensuring our property and 16 shops are kept well maintained. Wilfred has also become part of the accounts team and is involved in the day to day functions of the office. Wilfred has recently been appointed as a director for Dorringtons.

Favourite Dorringtons Product: Sausage Roll

Ben Gilbert

Project Manager

The newest member of the Dorringtons Team, Ben is responsible for our Sandwich and Snack Vans, taking our bakery to your workplace. Before working at Dorringtons, Ben was Manager at Euro Car Parts where he won Manager of the Year.

Favourite Dorringtons Product: Belgian Bun

Serena Jacques

HR Administrator

Serena has worked within the Dorrington’s Head Office on a number of roles and responsibilities from front of house, to general confidential support to the Managing Director, to customer service and more. Serena has now taken on a new role of HR Administrator at Dorringtons.

Favourite Dorringtons Product: Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Tina Mardle

Accounts Assistant & Admin

Tina has recently joined the head office team. Tina has a wealth of knowledge in customer banking and has worked in the banking sector for several years.

Favourite Dorringtons Product: Coronation Chicken Sandwich

Eileen Cairns

HR Manager

Eileen has recently joined Dorringtons as Human Resources Manager. Eileen has extensive experience working in the retail sector and is CIPD qualified. Eileen supports the people management functions that underpin the business culture. The broad areas include: employee matters, recruitment, employee relations, performance management, policy and procedures implementation and proactively advises on best practice HR.

Favourite Dorringtons Product: Multiseed Bread

Laura Batchelor

Health & Safety Manager

Laura gained experience working in all of our shops as a Relief manager before joining the Head Office team in HR. Since returning from Maternity Leave, Laura has taken on the role of Health & Safety Manager ensuring the correct procedures are in place throughout our bakery and shops.

Favourite Dorringtons Product: Sausage Roll

Rebecca Ray

Administrator

Rebecca's responsibilities at Dorringtons are; ensuring our shops have correct stationery and labels, processing buffet and special orders for shops.
Rebecca is also the first point of contact with all general enquiries that come through to head office.
Favourite Dorringtons Product: Millionaire's Shortbread

Anthony Barnes

Assistant Bakery Manager

Anthony has worked for Dorringtons for 30 years. He helps Martin with the successful day to day running of the bakery and manages the bakery when Martin is away. Anthony has worked for four generations of the Dorringtons family, beginning at the age of 14 helping Ernest Dorrington's wife, Eileen, at her home and in the garden.

Favourite Dorringtons Product: Prawn Baguette