Meet the Team

Meet our fantastic team here at The Artisan Butcher

Tom Wood - Head Butcher / Director

With Tom’s drive, passion and background its no wonder the new brand/company has really hit the ground running. Tom was brought up in the farming industry on the family farm which shows Pedigree Simmentals at agricultural shows, whilst also working at the family wholesale business & slaughterhouse. After Tom left school he went to work and train as a retail butcher in the Ribble Valley at George Alpes Butchers before leaving at the age of 20 to go work in the family business. Having worked for his Father for 14 years Tom decided to challenge his self and left to pursue the retail path, with his keenness to further produce and utilize the whole carcass he took over Huntley’s Country Stores butchery as manager. Having the insight into the industry it was no surprise that the department grew from strength to strength with a team of 8 butchers and adding a wholesale side which supplied restaurants around the Ribble Valley. While at Huntleys, Tom was also chosen to represent his country in New Zealand for the World Butchers Challenge (Team GB) which now having retained his place over the last three years captain’s the team. Tom who is also a vocational assessor has his sights set on bringing the future generations into the industry and with his passion for the butchery trade really does excel its self with him giving butchery demo’s nationwide and lectures at farming meetings. This is only the beginning of what will be an exciting future for Tom Wood Artisan Butchers Ltd.

Micheal Thornbrough - Butcher / Second in Command

Mick has worked in the Blackburn area all his career having started from school and working for Harold Pickup he learnt his trade under him the old school way. Mick certainly has a way with the locals who came to the shop and built a trust amongst them with the eye for detail and always being reliable in going that extra mile in giving what the customer wants. When Harold retired his son Keith took over the business were Mick continued to work for until Tom recently bought the business were Mick still as reliable as ever continues to provide the quality service which Tom Wood Artisan Butchers set their bench mark on, he really is a one company man.

James Forshaw - Butcher

Jordon Flanagan - Customer Service/Apprentice

Having left school Jordon was out pursuing a career when he offered his CV to the former owner Mr Pickup.  Jordon worked in the trade for 6 months and continued under the new ownership of Tom Wood Artisan Butchers Ltd which under Tom’s watchful eye has now under taken his level two in butchery to progress his career in the trade.  He feels privileged to work with such high quality products day in day out.


We are proud to be part of a family tradition of butchering that spans back years. We only supply the best meats around and have a large variety available in our online shop.