CESA chairmanship set to change hands

Wexiodisk UK boss Simon Frost is preparing to take over the leadership of the Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) as the second day of the organisation’s annual conference gets underway at Heythrop Park this morning.

The in Oxfordshire event will conclude with Frost, who also had long spells with Falcon and Manitowoc sales chief, taking the baton from Nick Oryino, who has been CESA chair since November 2012.

Oryino was managing director of Carford Group – a CESA member by virtue of its manufacturing and fabrication activities – when he was appointed chairman, but last year he sold the business to JLA.

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The annual gathering of manufacturers kicked off yesterday, with golfing enthusiasts taking to the fairways and other delegates opting for ‘a day in the country’, which included segway racing, hovercraft driving and ferret racing.

Last night saw an informal dinner take place at the venue, with thousands of pounds raised for industry charity Springboard.

More than a dozen prizes, from afternoon tea at top London hotels to cases of wine, were donated by suppliers.

The raffle did raise some smiles as prizes donated by warewashing firms Wexiodisk and Winterhalter were won by Hobart’s Simon Lohse and Tim Bender respectively, while ENSE chief Bob Adams collected a city break to Paris on the Eurostar courtesy of fellow buying consortium Cedabond!

Today things get more serious, with a number of high-level speakers booked to take part in the industry conference sessions.

The conference will begin with David Smith, economic editor of the Sunday Times, providing an in-depth view of the current and anticipated issues likely to affect business from a UK, European and international perspective.

A team from industry analyst group Horizons will present five key themes that are developing in the foodservice market place, while Carl Kruger of the Oxford Quality Centre will reveal how forthcoming changes to ISO 9001 Quality and ISO 14001 Environmental standards are set to impact the catering equipment supply industry.

Other speakers include hospitality and service management expert Mike Hohnen and international equipment consultant Steve Brown, a former ITW executive, who will present his vision of commercial equipment trends based on changes in manufacturer strategies and customer demand.

A BIM panel debate is scheduled for after lunch before broadcaster and former MP Gyles Brandreth brings the event to a close with the keynote finales address.

He is expected to align the conference’s theme of ‘The Future is Bright’ with his own experiences in the world of politics, business and theatre.

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