the people

Mark SteeneMark Steene

Mark is the founder of Seasoned Pioneers – bringing together a passion for food & travel, prior knowledge & experience of the food industry and a burning desire to develop a company with a sound business ethos. With this philosophy in mind, Mark conducted self-written ‘market research surveys’ on a Chester street corner, canvassed (read: ‘hassled’!) friends & family before taking the plunge!

When not involved in spicy business, Mark will tend to be found rock-climbing in Snowdonia, cycling up hill & down dale or pounding the streets with ‘marathon’ ambitions!


Matt WebsterMatt Webster

Matt is the director of Seasoned Pioneers  and is an integral personality in the business. A fully qualified stuntman (he was in the odd Bond film, you know), Matt brings considerable sales & business experience as well as the finest ‘get-it-done’ attitude known to mankind!

A keen rock-climber, Matt has a love of the outdoors mixed with a big ‘adrenaline’ kick – read skydiving, bungee-master etc?



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Sandra & Karen – Spice girls

Sandra is our Sales Manager and brings an entire career of sales experience to the company. She is often out & about, travelling up & down the country visiting current or potential stockists and exhibiting our products at shows.  You’ve often got her to thank if you find our spices in your neighbourhood! When she’s not at work she’s to be found relaxing on her narrow-boat (with a glass of wine in hand!)

Karen is responsible for pretty much everything else that goes on in the office, particularly our renowned customer service! She spent many years working as a police officer but also has experience of working in catering and tourism, in customer facing roles.  She has also lived & worked abroad, having moved to Thailand to volunteer in the relief operation in the wake of the 2004 Asian tsunami. Karen loves the outdoors and would far rather be on a boat or in a tent than in a house!



Dave AndrewsDave Andrews

Dave is our master-roaster – he’s the one who skilfully produces all our exotic spice blends, roasting the individual spices to perfect their flavours. A key member of the team, Dave is very much the ultimate ‘good guy’: unassuming, easy-going and always keen to help – just keep your hands off his roasting pans!