Specialist UK food distributor in the supply chain arena, Oakland International, has confirmed the appointment of Cory Winstanley to the role of Head of Human Resources, joining Oakland’s senior management team to oversee and develop HR functionality to meet future growth. Joining Oakland in September 2013 as a consultant, Cory designed and delivered a range of key strategic HR projects for Oakland, prior to his appointment. An experienced and qualified HR specialist, working with large corporate private and public sector organisations, Cory’s career of over two decades also encompasses roles held within SME’s in both senior operational and strategic HR roles. Oakland International MD, Dean Attwell, stated: “The complexities of working within the time sensitive environments of the logistics and supply chain arenas, means our people need to respond rapidly when presented with particular challenges. Cory’s particular skills and knowledge in key business sectors will add value, particularly in talent acquisition, helping to attract the very best talent. Cory’s appointment delivers what I believe to be a ‘best in class’ HR support function for all Oakland managers.” Dedicated to developing their existing talent pool, Oakland retains year-on-year positive growth, maximising team returns by continued investment in training and employee development. Their forward thinking and emphasis on mutual growth partnerships and service expansion for producers and manufacturers across its ambient, chilled and frozen platforms in the UK, Ireland and Europe, has further aided business success to access new markets whilst also maintaining long-term business relationships. Oakland International Head of HR, Cory Winstanley, said: “Being invited to join Oakland’s experienced and knowledgeable senior management team represents a great personal opportunity for me, with my focus to support and assist in developing Oakland’s people plan and help them build a strong structure of policies, procedures and systems to support the company’s positive growth plans going forward.” The firm’s reputation for delivering unrivalled service levels and response times are two things which continue to aide existing business growth and help attract new contracts in a competitive marketplace.