CEDA has appointed industry stalwart, Craig Barnett, as membership consultant to focus on membership recruitment and engagement.
Barnett had been taking a sabbatical after spending the best part of a year as MD at C&C Catering Engineers.
He began his career by completing an electrical apprenticeship via City & Guilds when he finished school, and once qualified he worked on domestic, commercial and industrial installations.
He moved on to be an electrical engineer at Dunlop Topy Wheels, which manufactures steel rims for the automotive industry and was part of the maintenance team and was trained in PLC (programmable logic control) automation.
Barnett then joined Newco Catering Equipment as a catering engineer and also qualified as a gas engineer. After 6 years he was promoted within Newco to technical service supervisor, providing the 20+ engineers with technical support and handling face to face customer relations. He was promoted again within Newco to business development manager, selling service contracts and equipment.
After Newco was sold to JLA, Barnett was offered a job with Meiko UK as regional sales manager, where he had great success turning a poorly performing sales territory into one of the best at the company, before taking up his C&C Engineers role.
He is now relishing the opportunity to not only work with CEDA, but engage with those across the industry that he knows and loves. He said: “After a career break of almost 10 months to recharge my batteries, I am delighted to be back working in the industry.
“Huge thanks to Adam Mason and his board of directors for this exciting opportunity and I am very much looking forward to catching up with all my industry friends and colleagues over the coming weeks.”
Mason himself commented: “I’m delighted to welcome Craig to the team. His broad industry knowledge, excellent track record and personable character are a great fit for us.
“We have a number of new initiatives launching in the coming months and, coupled with the outstanding work that we have done on learning, education and development in the first half of this year, Craig will be able to engage with prospective members and partners about the advantages of being a part of CEDA.”
CEDA feels its work during the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of belonging to a professional trade association and the support and value that they can offer, not only in times of crisis but day in and day out. The organisation wants to grow its membership and open up its learning, education and development programme, amongst other membership opportunities, as well as its member to member support which proved vital during the pandemic.