Youth-focused CEDA Academy grows further in second year

Paul Holder (left) and Callum Kennedy are two of the CEDA Academy’s founding members.

The young talent-focused CEDA Academy ranks have swelled with new members from IFSE, Gastronorth, Court Catering and Mechline.

In addition to those who have newly joined, the Academy has a further four individuals who will be enlisting at the next meeting in April 2018. This will take total numbers beyond 20.

The group, now completing its second year, celebrated the end of 2017 with a meeting at Mechline Developments’ new headquarters in Milton Keynes. The two-hour meeting was followed by lunch, presentations and demonstrations from Mechline and a tour of the new facility.

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CEDA director general Adam Mason is pleased with the Academy’s progress so far: “When we launched there was no recognition of younger people at industry level.

“I’m grateful to members who have put forward their employees to embrace the initiative and delighted at the feedback I’ve received on the positive impact it has had on confidence and learning. The Academy members are a diverse and hugely talented bunch with thoughts, ideas and big plans for the industry.”

One of the initial ideas was to produce a CEDA ‘sustainability document’ and this will be launched this year, enabling members to better understand and enhance their ‘green credentials’.

Plans are also in place on further new initiatives to concentrate on in 2018 which will be announced by the Academy themselves in a presentation they will deliver to the Annual General Meeting at the CEDA Conference in April.

Mason commented: “We have our first two ‘graduates’ from the Academy in Paul Holder and Callum Kennedy. Both have written to me confirming that since its inception the Academy has provided everything they had wanted and more in terms of; a voice, recognition and understanding of CEDA and the wider industry.

“They are now ready to move on and allow the next generation in their businesses to benefit as they have. Paul will be joining our technical steering group and Callum will be helping to support the northern region. I have no doubt that both are future CEDA board directors should they continue their development and I thank them both for their contribution and input as founder members of the Academy.”

Kristian Roberts, marketing manager at Mechline, remarked: “We were proud to play host to the latest CEDA Academy meeting, at our new home. It is always a privilege to support the next generation coming into the industry and we hope that everyone found the day’s meeting beneficial.”

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