CEDA’s Academy has announced its first board appointments, with Stephen Ryan, area sales manager for Gratte Brothers and Michael Golightly, lead CAD designer for Inox Equip, taking on the roles of chair and vice-chair respectively.

Adam Mason, CEDA director general, commented: “We are delighted that both Stephen and Michael have accepted the two leadership roles for CEDA’s vibrant Academy group, who represent the next generation of talent from CEDA members and partners.

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“Stephen and Michael are working together with the CEDA Academy members, focusing on education and learning development, sustainability and supply chain relationships as three core focus points for the group to contribute ideas and strategies that support the development of young talent and the wider foodservice sector as a whole.”

Talking about his new role within the CEDA Academy Ryan said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed chair of the CEDA Academy.

“It is a great honour and makes me proud to be associated with such an exciting part of the association.

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“I feel it is a big step forward in my career within the industry and will help my own personal development.”

Paul Gilhooly, head of sales at Gratte Brothers, added: “Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment is delighted for Stephen to be named chair of the CEDA Academy.

“We are absolutely confident in his ability to make a positive contribution.”

Inox’s Golightly, commented: “Being appointed as vice-chair of the CEDA Academy is a fantastic achievement for me as I aim to increase my knowledge within the industry, as well as networking with other people in the foodservice sector.

“Becoming vice-chair is a really positive step for me and my own aim is to enhance the CEDA Academy’s influence moving forward within our three key focus areas.”

Mark Kendall, director of Inox Equip, said: “All the team at Inox are really proud of the progress Michael has made during his time with Inox.

“This was recognised by his nomination for the CEDA Rising Star Awards in 2015.

“The obvious next step was for him and us to embrace the culture and join the conversation with CEDA’s great new initiative, the CEDA Academy.

“We are fully behind its clear mandate to promote and support the next generation coming into foodservice equipment design, supply, installation and service with training, networking and development opportunities.

“Our industry desperately needs new blood that is committed and well informed and we support Michael 100% in his new role as vice-chair.”