After attending The University of Kent at Canterbury, graduating with a degree in Economic and Social History in 1977, Brett began his working life in London at RHM Foods where he stayed for two and a half years. On leaving he joined the family firm of Warburtons Limited, initially working as the Marketing Manager at Warburtons Soreen.
From 1983, Brett attended the Harvard Business School in Boston, U.S.A., and graduated with an MBA in 1985. On returning to England he returned to Imperial Bakeries as Managing Director, where he stayed for several years before transferring to the Warburtons Bread Division as General Manager at their Pennine Bakery.
In 1991, Brett was appointed Joint Managing Director, Operations, becoming sole Managing Director from 2001 until May 2006, when he took up his current role of Executive Director.
Brett also served as Chair of Campden BRI, Europe’s largest member owned food and drink research association, for five years (2011 – 2016) and continues to sit on the Campden Board as Warburtons’ representative.
He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Kent and the University of Bolton, where he also became their first Pro Chancellor in 2015.
Brett has a busy life outside Warburtons and is an avid football fan, having always supported Bolton Wanderers Football Club. He also chaired the Lancashire Football Association and was their representative on the FA Council in London until January 2016.
Brett is married to Paula and has a daughter, Megan.
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