Foodservice group CH&Co has appointed Stuart Lawson as a non-executive director. He joins existing non-executive director Liz McMeikan.
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As a qualified accountant who has spent the last five year at partner level at KPMG, Lawson has extensive experience of finance and commercial roles in the UK and abroad, including at Diageo; as finance director of Burger King; and chief executive of both Alldays and SFI Group.
His experience also includes supporting boards and management teams in business development, financial management, and people development.
Lawson joins CH&Co at a successful time for the business, which announced a 26% rise in turnover to March 2013, and anticipates overall turnover of £100m this year, with sales expected to rise to £145m by 2017.
Speaking of his appointment, Lawson said: "My role is to bring independence, impartiality, wide experience, specialist knowledge and strategic thinking to this talented board. I am honoured to join such a successful business at such an exciting time in its development."
Chairman Tim Jones added: "We have ambitious plans and adding someone of Stuart's pedigree is demonstration of our determination to achieve these goals."
CH&Co has seen a host of successes this year: in February, it announced plans to invest £2m in training, while its recent contract wins include deals with Historic Royal Palaces, Thames Water, Gatwick Airport and airline Virgin Atlantic.
It has also taken steps towards sustainable and healthy produce this year, including switching to sustainable fish supplies and launching a training programme in nutrition for its chefs.