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Jonathan Meats joins Garners’ board

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Jonathan Meats has spent his career rising up the ranks at Garners.

Garners Food Service Equipment has kicked off the year with a promotion which sees former project manager Jonathan Meats accepting what the distributor calls a “well-earned” position on the board as contracts director (designate).

Meats will join Andy Brown just a year after his appointment as business development director to become an integral part of the management team overseeing the company’s future progression.

Over the past 15 years at Garners, Meats’ position has evolved, seeing him take on an ever-increasing senior role within the company as project manager and head of the contracts department, which the company feels organically led him to accept a position on the board as the next natural progression.

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Having been featured in the Catering Insight Power List 2015, Meats has contributed to Garners for many years.

He said: “Having developed with the company throughout my career I’m honoured to accept the role and represent the company at board level. We have a fantastic, creative team throughout Garners and it’s a privilege to help guide our growth as we enter an exciting period, seeing new BIM developments and stunning visualisations through VR technology.”

Key elements of the role will include delivering strategic company goals and managing the entire organisation’s design and estimating activity in addition to on-site project delivery.

Meats added: “I take great pride in contributing to the development of both the company and the talented staff within; helping realise the ideas of our team, which go on to benefit our workflow and clients alike, is a very rewarding part of the role – this will continue to evolve as I settle into the new position.”

With over 20 years in the catering industry, Meats’ experience spans manufacturing and estimating of bespoke items to the design and project management of entire catering facilities.

A recent highlight of his work includes the successful project management of the huge Vision Tameside – one of Garners’ largest schemes to date.

Following the 2016 public sector BIM mandate, Vision was one of the first large-scale college projects to buy into the integrated model approach; Garners’ implementation of Revit in its contracts department, led by Meats, went hand-in-hand with the surge of BIM-focused projects and saw the Nottingham-based design house seize a larger share of the public sector market.

He concluded: “With Vision on the verge of completion and Revit continuing to benefit our designs and customers, I’m looking forward to the continuing evolution and growth of the company in my new position.”

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