Universal’s Roger Flanagan retires

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Tony Aris (centre) will be taking over the Universal MD role from Roger Flanagan.

Roger Flanagan has stepped down as MD of Universal Foodservice Equipment, the UK importer of Ali Group cooking equipment brand, Baron.

Following a lengthy spell of ill health in 2019 he decided the time has come to step aside from the rigors of running the company, which he first set up in 2001.

At the end of March 2020, which also marks his 54th year in the catering industry, Flanagan relinquished the role of MD to Tony Aris, currently sales director for Universal.

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Flanagan will continue in the company to work on special projects and marketing and been asked to take on the role of chairman, which he has accepted.

He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my career with all its challenges and many, many highs, too numerous to mention. I will be staying in the company for as long as I am able and they still want me to stay.

“So I look forward to my new role and hopefully will provide some continuity and assistance to Tony who is such an experienced professional and very able to drive the company forward.”

Leading the company forward as a team with Aris will be Universal’s operations manager, Natasha McInerney who has many years’ experience and vast technical knowledge, and Stacey Locke, who has a dual role within the company as commercial manager and chef trainer.

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