Mike Ward

Joint Managing Director

After leaving Middlesex University I worked for both large and small contract caterers before setting up Edwards & Ward with Mike Edwards in 1999, it’s been a fantastic journey and I’m immensely proud of what we have achieved.

Away from my day job I am an avid motorsport fan, in particular Formula 1 and I thoroughly enjoy travelling to races with my wife when we can.

Michael Edwards

Joint Managing Director


Haydn Keable

Operations Director

Whilst completing my Hospitality Degree from UEA I was fortunate enough to spend 6 months at Elmwood Country Club in New York providing Food & Service to the highest standards for members and their guests. On graduating I worked at Lords Cricket Ground overseeing the hospitality on match days for the private boxes in the Tavern and Mound Stand as well as the public bars and concession stands within these area. I moved on from this briefly to run both bars and a nightclub in London before moving into contract catering. Since then I have worked for both small and large caterers, looking after a mixture of business for a number of high profile companies before moving to join the Edwards and Ward family.

When not at work I enjoy taking part in a multitude of sports including golf, tennis, shooting and competing in triathlons. However, with two very active growing boys I find myself spectating and taxiing them to and from events more and more.

John Polston

Company Executive Chef


Chris Carr-Barney

Commercial Director

After travelling for 3 years I started my career within the food industry at J. Sainsbury’s, this began as Management roles within the stores, and then progressed to project management positions at Head Office, and finally trading roles within a number of different categories, I have also gained extensive purchasing experience across the foodservice and contract catering sectors, in both large and small organisations, and with over 20 years experience I still get excited about the challenges and rewards the industry presents.

Along with my wife and two daughters I enjoy travelling, live music and festivals, and my personal interests are art and design, time on the allotment, and various sports including F1, cycling, rugby and football.

Clare Rose MSc RNutr

Registered Nutritionist

Since graduating from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh with an MSc in Public Health Nutrition I have worked hard to gain registered Nutrition status and am fully accredited by the Association for Nutrition. Over the last 10 years I have gained a wealth of experience, providing nutrition advice, training and support for the education and hospitality sectors. Since joining Edwards and Ward I have been tasked with assisting in the development of nutritionally balanced menus and heading up our Special Diets team.

Outside of work my time is spent with my husband and daughter, enjoying the beautiful  countryside. I also love to cook and you will often find me in the kitchen trying our new recipes.

Stuart Howard

Company Craft Trainer

Having completed my catering training at college I went on to work within restaurants, hotels, bakeries and then contract catering, gaining experience in the Business & Industry and Education sectors. I have a real passion for fresh produce and food that is locally sourced, and I constantly strive to bring new ideas to the table.

In my spare time I like to relax and visit food festivals and markets!