CH&Co Group has appointed Andrew Atkinson as head of procurement to help deliver purchasing support to the group's businesses as the firm continues to grow.
Atkinson joins CH&Co Group from UK Shared Business Services, where he provided procurement functions on behalf of government departments and partnership organisations.
He worked with specialist research councils and organisations including the Natural Environment Council, Medical Research Council, Science and Technology Facilities Council and the UK Space Agency.
Jon Williams, group purchasing director for CH&Co Group, said: "We're thrilled to welcome Andrew to the procurement team. He has exceptional experience in a diverse range of procurement projects and capabilities that will be invaluable to the team and the business.
"His proven skills in leadership, strategic planning, operational delivery, supply chain rationalisation and managing client relationships, to name a few, plus his desire to always enable access to the right commodity at the right price will ensure the CH&Co Group procurement function continues to effectively underpin the business."
Atkinson added: "CH&Co Group is passionate about delivering great food and service and procurement must enable this. I have joined a dynamic and well-respected company and I'm excited to help drive growth in this thriving business through robust procurement functions. There are, of course, differences between the public sector, from which I herald, and the private sector, however, in procurement the end goal is always the same; to secure the very best prices for the business and clients, whatever the commodity."
In March this year the company expanded and strengthened its team with a number of new appointments across its brands and head office departments.
Earlier this month the firm also announced the launch of a training programme and chef academy in partnership with national education and training provider Learning Curve Group (LCG).
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