Meat the Team

Our aim is to produce consistently outstanding meat. This is only possible with continual investment within the business, having some of the best suppliers in the country, having the enjoyment of working in the industry and having some fantastic colleagues. We can’t list everyone; below are some key members of the team.


Matthew Alden

Managing Director

Matthew is the great (x7) grandson of Isaac Alden (who founded the Firm in 1793); I think it’s fair to say Matthew was at some point going to join the family butchers.

After finishing his schooling in Oxford Matthew moved to Cheltenham to complete his degree at the University of Gloucestershire. From here Matthew went to work for Leith’s giving him a valuable insight into different aspects of catering and the supply chain.

In 1999 Matthew moved back to Oxford to work at Aldens. In 2001 Matthew helped Aldens achieve the higher level BRC accreditation (and to date remained unbroken). Matthew was appointed MD of Aldens in 2003 and has spearheaded the growth from 6 to 85 employees while maintaining the high standards Aldens have become known for.

Matthew is keen on anything sporty with a particarly love for “real tennis” where he holds a world record. Matthew also enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family.


Sam Mani

Production Manager

Sam started his meat industry in 1989 Sam when he was an apprentice a butcher for Wirral’s in Birmingham.

He then took up a butchery role with Gordon North Butchers in Southam. After overseeing the successful supply of chilled meat to the Hilton Hotel Group, Sam was appointed general manager in 2000

In 2003 Sam joined Aldens as production manager and has been instrumental in constantly improving on operating efficiency, developing an excellent supplier base and sourcing wonderful produce from UK and beyond.

Sam is a keen “chef” and has recently taken up running.


Gareth Plested

Poultry Manager

Gareth career began 1999 where is trained in Oxford's famous & historic Covered Market. In just a few years Gareth had mastered the more technical aspects of butchery and was an expert in venison and game preparation.

Gareth joined Aldens in 2007 and quickly rose the ranks to retail manager and oversaw the expansion of our retail premises in 2013.

After a year working gaining knowledge at an abattoir Gareth headed back to Aldens in 2019 taking on the role of poultry manager responsible for all aspects of customer specifications, due diligence and staff training.

Gareth describes himself as meticulous, fair and totally committed.

Aside from work Gareth enjoys any food related event, spending time with his wife, family and friends. Gareth also has a deep love for F1 and American football.


Darren Bryson

Factory Manager

Darren has always worked in the meat industry. Traditionally trained in all aspects of production Darren has the rare skill of also being an expert in portion control and high yield cutting.

Darren first joined Aldens between 2004-2008. On his return in 2013 Darren’s attention turned to the technical side and is responsible for the quality management system. Darren’s oversees the numerous internal and external audits conducted each year and in 2020 helped Aldens gain the BRC “AA” Grade – an achievement only awarded to a handful of catering butchers.

Outside of work Darren’s is a keen swimmer and loves spending time with his family.


Matthew Bevan

Company accountant

Matt started his working career managing a large property portfolio for Carter Jonas back in 2005. After an introduction to accountancy while working for DAF Trucks Matt moved to Grafton Merchanting as commercial accountant and studied all hours to become fully ACCA & AAT qualified in 2015.

Matt moved to Aldens in 2018 as Company Accountant.

Outside of work Matt is a keen talented pianist and spends as much time as possible with his wife and family.


Sue Davies

Accounts assistant

Sue joined Aldens in 2004 and has seen many changes within the Company; not least in the accounts department with many IT accountancy changes.

Sue is responsible for all creditors and debtor transactions.

Away from work Sue loves dressage and is an accomplished horse rider.


Samantha Bunce

Sales Administrator & Office Manager

Samantha has always been involved in customer service throughout her career. Samantha joined Aldens in 2016 and professionalised the office almost overnight!

Samantha prides herself of expert customers service and has the enviable skill of always staying cool under pressure.

Outside of work Samantha loves nothing more than spending time with her husband and daughter (and her two yellow Labradors).


Claire Moody

Sales Administrator

Claire joined Aldens in 2017. Claire immediately connects with customers often going above and beyond the call of duty.

Claire oversees all online orders and is a phone call away from solving and answering questions customers may have.

Claire loves to travel and enjoys a good crime novel.



Mariusz Sniezek

Logistics Co-ordinator & Safety Officer

Harry Stephens

Marketing Manager

Harry joined Aldens in 2019 tasked with the responsibility for all things marketing for the business.

Outside of Aldens, Harry is a former professional cricketer, a keen golfer and spends as much time as possible with his fianceée, son and Yorkiepoo puppy, Bertie.


Simon Warren

Sales Manager

Simon is originally from Witney, Oxfordshire. Simon first started in the meat industry back in the early 1990’s with DBC where he quickly established himself as a successful sales manager. After working in other areas within the industry Simon joined Aldens in October 2013 and established strong links with new and existing customers. Simon has transformed the sales department concentrating on product quality, service levels and communication.


Simon is always on the end of the phone but when he does have time off, he enjoys spending time with his wife and loves to watch Arsenal play as often as possible



Cleaning Team

Nik is Oxford born and bred joined Aldens in 2018. Niks eye for detail is second to none. Nik ensures all cleaning HACCP’s are checked and records maintained.

Nik, Bruno and Marcio are Covid-19 trained and continue to give staff and customers confidence ensuring all surfaces are always thoroughly sanitised.



Cleaning Team

Bruno moved over to England from Portugal in 2016. After an injury scuppered a promising surfing career he moved into boatbuilding. Bruno is responsible for ensuring all the machines are perfectly sanitised after each use.

Nik, Bruno and Marcio are Covid-19 trained and continue to give staff and customers confidence ensuring all surfaces are always thoroughly sanitised.



Cleaning Team

Marcio’s homeland is Brazil but has lived in England for the last 7 years. Joining the Aldens cleaning team in 2019 Marcio has raised the standards even higher.

Nik, Bruno and Marcio are Covid-19 trained and continue to give staff and customers confidence ensuring all surfaces are always thoroughly sanitised.

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