Meet your 100 Greats: People, part 1

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Catering Insight is celebrating its 100th issue with a run-down of 100 UK catering equipment industry greats, comprising people, projects, equipment and business developments.

Today we take an in-depth look at the first tranche of people profiled:


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David Burnett

Fulcrum Commercial Kitchens’ director David Burnett has been in the industry for over 30 years and is well known and highly respected by fellow distributors and suppliers alike. He is still heavily involved in all aspects of the company.

He cares deeply about the industry and is very proactive with his own dealership’s CEDA involvement and membership. At the forefront of countless projects, he has formed many strong working relationships during his time. Furthermore, he has been closely involved with buying consortium ENSE and has sat on non-executive boards.

Accredited to Gold CFSP standards, David’s industry knowledge covers all types of equipment. He has known many of the manufacturer’s sales reps for decades and is trusted by everyone who knows him. This trust can be traced back to the values he upholds in the way he conducts business.

He has started several companies over the years and has grown them into successful businesses. His current company – Fulcrum Commercial Kitchens – has just celebrated its 10th birthday.

Peter Galliford

Peter Galliford is the public face of efficiency, safety, environment and hygiene catering equipment manufacturer, Mechline Developments. As commercial director, he has helped to steer the company to launch innovative products, the latest being HyGenikx, the air and surface steriliser – particularly pertinent in these coronavirus-impacted times.

Peter is a force in the UK catering equipment industry as a whole. For instance, he was one of the founder members of CEDA’s Partners Task Group, a collection of the association’s partners to allow greater dialogue between the parties, and to focus on giving partners what they need from CEDA.

He also has a strong charitable streak, winning Cedabond’s Bob McNab Charity Award in 2019. Among other things, he cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 2018 to raise awareness and funds for cancer charities Macmillan and the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre in London, in memory of his brother and friends including Andrew Humble of Humble Arnold. Over £10,000 was raised in total.

Kirstin Hatherley

Along with sibling Ben, Kirstin Hatherley is continuing her family’s dynasty as director at Hatherley Commercial Services.Plus she has been determined to give back to the industry.

Currently CEDA’s northern regional chair, she has driven the initiative to develop the first specific catering equipment technician apprenticeship, chairing the Trailblazer Group tasked with pushing this through.

The efforts of Kirstin and the rest of the team this year delivered the Catering Equipment Service and Installation Technician Apprenticeship, which will be run in partnership with registered apprenticeship provider, ECTA.

Phil Howard

Phil Howard, founder of Daventry-based distributor, Catering Design Group, has spent a lifetime in the foodservice, catering and hospitality sector and is a highly respected and well-liked industry player. Throughout his career to date, he has supported the industry and the individuals working in it, from forging strong and lasting relationships with suppliers and clients to developing young talent and creating opportunities for people to shine.

Furthermore, also throughout his career, he has supported CEDA, joining its East Anglian region and going on to become deputy regional chair and then chair when the regions combined.

Peter Kay

Peter Kay has been an incredibly loyal servant to the UK catering equipment supply chain over the years. He has spent over five decades in the sector, including more than 10 years as CEDA director.

When he stepped down from that role in 2015 he has continued his links with the association in the form of his position as technical support adviser. Through this, he oversaw the development of the annual Industry Technical Conference and its successor the Service Engineers CPD Forum.

Over the years he has consulted on creating technical standards including guidance on solid fuel fired catering equipment and training such as the Electrical Competency Course.


You can see the full list of 100 Greats in the April issue of Catering Insight, here.

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