CESA is expanding its main Council from 12 members to a maximum of 16, giving it added muscle to fight the catering equipment market’s battles.
The catering equipment trade body said the move reflects the increase in workload it has undertaken, especially in relation to its commitments in advising and lobbying in the UK and Brussels.
CESA chairman Nick Oryino said that traditionally the association’s strategic workload has been spread between 12 elected members, but as the duties and role of CESA has expanded there is a need to grow the size of the team.
“Our Council members are directly involved in a wide range of areas. They include arguing the catering industry’s case to legislators at home and overseas, working with UK Trade & Industry to promote exports, and advising government bodies on areas such as waste management and energy saving,” he said.
Oryino said that the growth of CESA’s membership to 176 companies had also necessitated the need to reinforce its management ranks.
“The move enables us to retain the knowledge and experience of our existing Council, whilst ‘up-skilling’ it with new members who can add specific sector expertise,” he commented. “It will increase the strategic strength of the organisation.”
There is no financial implication associated with the change, since the elected members receive no payment for their time or travel in relation to CESA work. It is undertaken on a voluntary basis, with their companies bearing any related costs.
The newest Council members elected include Steve Coates of Advance Group, Richard Cromwell of Nisbets, Steve Elliott of Serviceline and Glenn Roberts of Gram.
They bring the current total number of Council members to 15, with Orynino confirming that CESA will consider recruiting a 16th once the new members have settled in.
The CESA Council in full:
– Nick Oryino, chair Carford Group
– Simon Frost, vice chair Wexiodisk
– Mick Shaddock, immediate past chair Victor
– Malcolm Harling, Williams Refrigeration
– David Smithson, Winterhalter
– Tim Tindle, Falcon Foodservice Equipment
– Steve Loughton, Jestic
– David Parsons, CESA Financial Director Classeq
– Steve Goodliff, Contacto
– John Whitehouse, First Choice Catering Spares
– Ian Garner, Hobart
Steve Coates, Advance Group
– Richard Cromwell, Nisbets
– Steve Elliott, Serviceline
– Glenn Roberts, Gram UK