CEDA has made two new appointments to its Academy, which aims to help more young people enter and progress in the UK catering equipment industry.
Mike Shea of Vision Commercial Kitchens, has been chosen as chair, whilst Macauley Knight, of Archer Catering Systems, has been selected as vice chair.
Shea commented: “It’s an honour to have been considered, let alone to be appointed, as the CEDA Academy chairman. I’m excited about the future and look forward to working alongside Macauley and the rest of the Academy to finalise our objectives and goals for the next 12 months and of course our journey to achieving them. We are very grateful to Adam, Fiona and the wider CEDA network for all the support and hospitality we have received so far.”
Knight was similarly enthusiastic, saying: “I’m very grateful and excited to be selected as the vice chair of the CEDA Academy. I am looking forward to working alongside Mike and driving us, ‘the younger generation’, forward in the catering industry.”
Jack Sharkey, MD at Vision Commercial Kitchens, who supported Shea’s appointment, stated: “The CEDA Academy has been a great initiative; it engages with the next generation and the future of our industry.
“I am really pleased for both Mike and Macauley, as taking on the roles of chair and vice chair will not only help to develop them individually and personally, but I have no doubt they will also help to develop and shape our industry in the future.”
Nick Archer, director of Archer Catering Systems, reflected on Knight’s journey within the catering industry: “Macauley came to work for us on the service side of the business; we quickly realised that he had some potential to be able to work on projects and attend site meetings.
“Since he has undertaken this role he has gone from strength to strength. He is well regarded by our own in-house engineers and has also built himself a good reputation with our client base for being organised and conscientious about how he goes about his work.”
He continued: “I am sure Macauley will take this role in his stride working alongside Mike and will prove himself a very capable vice chairman of the Academy.
“I would also like to add to wish Mike good luck in his role. It is important that we get some younger people into our industry and I am sure with Mike and Mac at the forefront of the Academy this will be a great way forward.”