Des Pullen is an experienced international business executive. He spent 20 years at Associated British Foods PLC (ABF), 15 years of which as Group HR Director, and was responsible for developing the leadership and culture of the Group. Prior to this role he was with the Allied Bakeries division, firstly as HR Director and then as Managing Director.

Des also has worked in the commercial sector: at Safeway and Wickes, and then 11 years at Northern Foods.

After stepped away from full time executive life at the end of 2019, he is now a Board member of Bournemouth University and a NED with Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust. He is now a consultant for ABF and an experienced Pilotlighter, with interests in sport, theatre, travel and food.