The idea of recognising young talent in the catering equipment distribution industry is particularly important right now, seeing as the industry has an ageing demographic.

Therefore the Young Trailblazers category in Catering Insight’s 2016 Power List annual supplement shines a light on the achievements of those already making their mark near the beginning of their careers.

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It also pays tribute to those who are still in an early stage of their working lives but have found themselves near or at the top of their distribution businesses.

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Guiding fresh faces through is an initiative shared in many quarters of the sector, such as with CEDA’s recent Academy working group, which brings together many young people in dealers to discuss their experiences, learn more about the industry and obtain background knowledge on equipment and regulations. Indeed, a couple of those included on this list are members of the group.

The next generation is vital to the lifeblood of this sector, and ensuring that young people joining the industry are encouraged and praised for their efforts so far, is crucial to making sure that they stay within the sector and continue to develop their skills and knowledge.

The 10 young people who are at the leading edge of this charge in this year’s Power List are:

Jack McEvoy, sales executive, Bournville Catering Equipment
Lauren Hunter, capital sales, Brakes Catering Equipment
Nav Rai, sales support, HCE Foodservice Equipment
Kate Nuttall, designer, Vision Commercial Kitchens
Hayley Dean, general manager, CS Catering Equipment
Jacob Lee, business development manager, Inox Equip
Jonathan Skinner, director, Marshall Catering Equipment
Liviana Wijaya, CAD designer/estimator, CNG Foodservice Equipment
Tom Kennedy, project designer, Acme Facilities Group
Chris Spiers, key account manager, Airedale Group

To read the full 2016 Catering Insight Power List, click here.