Celebrating our extraordinary people


You don’t get to be 160 years old, like Tate & Lyle, without your extraordinary people continually doing extraordinary things. That’s why we host the Extraordinary People Awards, to recognise and celebrate our people who have gone above and beyond in their contribution to our business.

People are what make this company great. It’s our people who have been constantly innovating and changing the face of Tate & Lyle for 160 years. And it’s our people who will keep us strong as we move into the next exciting phase of our company. Over the past two years we have seen a lot of extraordinary moments and progress – an even clearer focus on our customers, world-class ingredient innovation, manufacturing excellence and an increased emphasis on making the world around us a better place by living our Purpose of Improving Lives for Generations.

This year we celebrated the people who helped make that happen at the Extraordinary People Awards 2019 in Miami, Florida. We had 565 nominations for our eight award categories, all of whom were selected by their peers within the business for their extraordinary work over the past two years. Our judges then whittled it down to 25 finalists who were treated to a two-night stay in sunny Miami, Florida, culminating in a stylish awards ceremony where the winners of our eight award categories were announced.

A huge congratulations to everyone who was nominated, and in particular to our eight winners:

Safe Keeper Award

Winner: “The Loudon barge team” - Bo Robinson, Larry Spangler, Travis Centers (Represented by Bo Robinson, Foreman)

Location: US

For: Rescuing a runaway barge that had escaped down the Mississippi River.

Sharpened Customer Focus Award

Winner: Henrique Biasioli, Sales Manager

Location: Brazil

For: Developing a winning dairy category strategy for the Latin American region.

Simplify Award

Winner: Brian Johnson, Sales and Operations Planning

Location: US

For: Creating a spreadsheet tool that automates reports, calculates orders and brings many planning tasks into one simple tool, saving many hours of work each month.

Invent, Inspire, Accelerate Award

Winner: Ayano Sakai, Senior Research Scientist

Location: US

For: Discovering a brand new (and still top secret) process for converting Reb M from stevia leaf extract into our TASTEVA® M Stevia Sweetener.

Improving Lives for Generations Award

Winner: “The Asia Pacific Purpose Team” – Philip Lin, Ashley Wang, Clarice Seah, Ming Yet Yap, Mindy Zhang (represented by Philip Lin, Regional Category Marketing Director)

Location: Singapore and China

For: Partnering with two schools in Shanghai to increase awareness of healthier food choices for school children.

Unsung Hero Award

Winner: Jayne Rockhill, Administrative Assistant

Location: US

For: Relentless positivity throughout a range of administrative responsibilities in Sagamore, including organising Environment, Health and Safety days.

Star Performer

Winner: Stefanie Lee, Business Development Manager

Location: US

For: Extraordinary performance contributing to the delivery of key business objectives for the bakery category in North America.

Chief Executive’s Extraordinary Person Award

Winner: Vincent Pottier, VP Finance

Location: US

For: Elevating the role of Finance within our Global Operations team, using his universal knowledge of the business and exemplary vision to support improved cost management, productivity and overall decision making.