Former FCSI UK and Ireland chairman David Bentley is to leave his position as a director of The Russell Partnership.
Bentley will end his 20-year association with the London-based foodservice design consultancy at the end of this month.
FCSI partners were informed of the news in an email earlier this week and today the organisation confirmed the announcement.
Bentley, however, will retain his position on the FCSI UK and EAME boards and maintain his involvement with industry bodies such as the Institute of Hospitality, the British Hospitality Association and the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.
The FCSI said that Bentley is leaving The Russell Partnership to “pursue new challenges and other industry interests”, but did not give any more detail at this stage.
During his time with the Russell Partnership, Bentley has been fundamental in developing the business and managing its strategic design division.
He has developed brand concepts, food concepts and kitchen designs for a range of clients, including the University of East Anglia, Boots the Chemist, The Open University, English Heritage and The Open University.
Most recently, he was involved in the foodservice concept for the new Waterside campus development at the University of Northampton.
The Russell Partnership was founded by David Russell and Dianne Adlard in 1989, It is regarded as one of the leading strategic food consultancies in the UK.