Rational UK expands senior management team

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Rational has promoted Colin Parry national sales director to and Ian Leadbetter to national corporate chef.

Rational UK has commenced the New Year with the announcement of two key appointment to its senior management team.

Firstly, Colin Parry has become national sales director, and he will be responsible for the sales operation for Rational UK and Ireland. This newly-created role is aimed at further enhancing the organisational strength of the senior management team and to support customers, dealers, consultants and planners for the New Year. The company’s regional sales directors will report direct to Parry.

He has 30 years’ experience in the catering industry; having worked and trained as a chef initially, he studied business management at Thames Valley University and owned a successful award-winning restaurant. Parry has been employed at Rational for 9 years, starting as a regional sales manager and following promotions became a regional sales director. He has led many strategic initiatives for Rational customers and reportedly has seen positive impact in multiple business areas, reducing costs, increasing revenue, and improving overall performance and standards.

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The other new promotion is Ian Leadbetter to the position of national corporate chef. He will be responsible for the management of the team of regional corporate chefs, to lead and inspire them to deliver benefits to Rational’s customers. In addition to culinary support, Leadbetter’s role includes creating and delivering training programmes, key account development and supporting exhibitions.

He has 20 years of chef experience working in hotels and restaurants with 1-3 AA rosettes, and joined Rational 5 years ago as regional sales manager, followed by a promotion to senior sales position.

Previously, Leadbetter worked for an independent pub company as head chef, with promotions to exec chef, running four sites, and through to operations director. Former roles included sous chef at Harvey Nichols, Manchester and pastry chef at 60 Hope Street Restaurant, Liverpool. He also enjoyed 2 years’ experience running holiday chalets, in Northern Italy for the summer seasons and ski resorts in North America during the winter months.

Furthermore, Rational UK reported it is continuing its search for a new MD. In the meantime Michael Keeley, finance and administration director, will be serving as interim MD. Simon Lohse departed the UK MD role last year to run the firm’s North American and Mexican operations.

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