Management consultant Rosemary Osbourne, who has chaired both the UK and EMEA branches of the FCSI in the past, has been awarded an MBE.
Osbourne was named in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours List for her services to the food service industry. She will formally receive her honour later this year.
Osbourne is a decorated member of the management consultant community and has spent her whole life in the industry. She worked for the staff catering operations of high street retailer Marks & Spencer for 27 years before moving into an independent consultant role.
Osbourne currently runs her own practice called Rosemary Osbourne Consultancy, which is based in Buckinghamshire.
She opened the practice in 1994 and has advised high-level customers across many different sectors including education, healthcare and hospitality.
Osbourne told Catering Insight she was “over the moon” to receive the honour. She said that the amount of voluntary work she has done with the FCSI and other bodies such as The Association of Catering Excellence was likely to be one of the key reasons for the accolade, and paid tribute to those who had helped her carry out such work over the years.
Last year Osbourne received the FCSI Service Award at the society’s annual conference in Stockholm, with current UK and Ireland chair David Bentley paying tribute to her “dedication” to the industry.
He said at the time: “She’s at the heart of the society having being chairperson of both FCSI UK & Ireland and FCSI Europea, Africa and Middle East (EAME), as well as being a Director on the Worldwide Board. Rosemary’s support, passion and creativity have not only helped members, but made a positive impact on the wider foodservice industry."