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Tackling Slavery in the Chocolate Industry

Theo Richardson, OH 2011-18, recently started his new role as Category Executive at Tony's Chocolonely

Following 7 great years at Hymers College, I left the school to begin a new journey studying International Business and Economics at Loughborough University. Throughout my tenure at Loughborough, I built upon the foundations of my A-level Business and Economics education, taking many fascinating and challenging modules. Beyond academia, I enjoyed being part of the competitive rugby union and boxing teams.

In my third year of studies, I had the privilege to enrol at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Prior to my arrival in Madrid, I decided to study Banking and Spanish; I quickly came to the conclusion that banking wasn’t something I wanted to pursue, but I did pick up a good level of Spanish while I was there. This year was completely different from anything I had done before and I believe it was my most enjoyable year at university, meeting many amazing people. I would highly recommend it to anyone who gets the opportunity to grab it with both hands!

Upon my return to Loughborough University, I saw out my studies, achieving a 2:1 grade and a graduate sales position at Proctor and Gamble, as a Key Account Manager.

I commenced my role at P&G in August 2022, during this time I was the Account Manager overseeing the Aldi and Lidl UK accounts, looking after brands such as Tampax, Always, Gillette, Venus, Head and Shoulders, Aussie, Pantene, Herbal Essences and Oral B. I stayed at P&G for 7 months where I was lucky to learn ample about the ever-changing fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. I managed to learn many great selling techniques, profit and loss reporting, forecasting, and especially how to negotiate due to the nature of interactions with German discounters!

After 7 months, I decided I wanted a change as I wanted to make a bigger social impact and represent brands that resonated with my personal values. With this, I was lucky enough to secure a role as a Category Executive at Tony’s Chocolonely, a role I undertook in June 2023. Tony’s mission is to eradicate slavery in the chocolate industry and to create a more equal cocoa supply chain, whilst also making delicious chocolate, something that really resonated with me and a mission I could wholeheartedly get behind. For the short period, I’ve been with Tony’s, I have been analysing sales data and working to create selling stories on PowerPoint. I’m thoroughly enjoying my new role and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

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