Daventry-based distributor Catering Design Group (CDG) has strengthened its team with a number of key appointments following 2020’s acquisition of the business by Interefurb.
The new personnel comprise Russ Scanlon joining as business director to drive the CDG business forward from a sales, marketing, operations and commercial perspective. In the design team, Karl Oldham returns to the business after a 10-year hiatus as senior design consultant, while Alisha Mistry is now concept visualiser.
To support the delivery and execution of a growing number of projects Ben Pitcher joins the business as project manager. Rosie Neary has come onboard as project administrator, and after 16 years with CDG Laura Harries is promoted from office manager to operations manager to support the business administration and operational function.
Following a review of the business and a strong pipeline of opportunities for 2021 and beyond, MD Gary Crosbie, said: “Building on the legacy of Phil and Gill Howard, the businesses founders, it is absolutely the right time to breath some new life into CDG and these key appointments will ensure the business is in great shape to take on a growing ‘post-pandemic’ order book.
“This strategic move will also allow us to push forward into new markets and territories to the benefit of both CDG and Interefurb to offer a true ‘turnkey solution’ to clients in the foodservice, hotel, leisure and retail markets. I’m so proud that not only have we attracted significant new talent to the business to provide fresh thinking and a new approach to what we do, but we have also welcomed back a number of team members who understand our business implicitly and have excellent relationships and partnerships within our industry”.
New director Scanlon spent a number of years in senior leadership positions within foodservice/contract catering with Compass Group, Lexington and most recently Bartlett Mitchell. CDG believes his consultancy, business development and operational experience will be an asset in driving forward a new business strategy and 5-year plan.
Scanlon explained: “CDG have an excellent reputation to build upon within our industry, and I’m delighted to be joining the business at such a critical time to support Gary with his future aspirations for the CDG business and partnership with Interefurb.
“As many people will know I relish coupling exciting design, food concepts and new ideas with a total understanding of the operational practicalities to make things work. The fact we have such a massively talented design team, led by Mike Sinclair, will make this part of the job a total pleasure.”
In the design team, Oldham will support Sinclair to lead the design and interiors consultants working across the businesses, while Mistry’s appointment as concept visualiser brings further resource ‘in house’. She has returned to CDG having spent a year on placement from her BA in interior architecture and design from Nottingham Trent University in 2016/17.
Elsewhere, Pitcher joins the business following 10 successful years at Western Blueprint. CDG feels his energy, enthusiasm and experience will be a great addition to the team and his recent CFSP accreditation shows a great commitment and dedication to his craft.
Final new recruit Neary started her working carer in hospitality, covering all sectors within the hotel industry. Since then, she’s has worked as part of a team for a small local company managing the day to day administrational duties.