Meet your Power List: Paul Woodford

Paul Woodford took the reins at one of the biggest UK catering equipment distributor groups at the beginning of this year and since then it’s only been good news for the firm.

In February it merged catering installation specialist Sleaford Catering Services (formerly Savills Catering Services) into the group, swelling Airedale’s Technical Care division to over 150 people, including 90 engineers.

Furthermore, Paul has ushered in major project wins from hospitality giants Whitbread and Drake & Morgan.

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It is therefore no wonder he was given the top job at the firm, working his way up from joining the board of Airedale in 2010, in the role of business development director, before becoming sales and marketing director at the beginning of last year.

His industry colleagues feel he has been instrumental in guiding the business through another period of significant growth to become one of the UK’s leading design and build brands. The company now employs over 250 people working across 10 brands from seven different offices.

Having been in the industry for over 26 years, Paul has a wealth of knowledge and expertise. He has undertaken roles as a Designer, Contracts Director and MD within previous businesses, including Cabbola Foodservice Equipment.

With a natural customer- and people-focused leadership style, Paul has led new initiatives such as a sales apprentice programme, which has taken on its fifth trainee, a testament to his vision and objective of achieving long term sustainable growth.

The Business Leaders category of the 2017 Catering Insight Power List is sponsored by Charvet Premier Ranges. To visit the company’s website click HERE.

Profile

Company: Airedale Group
Address: Airedale House, Victoria Road, Bradford, BD2 2BN
Tel: 01274 626666
Twitter: @AiredaleGroup
Web: www.airedale-group.co.uk

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