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TUCO appoints Phil Rees-Jones as new vice chair

22 July 2016 by

Phil Rees-Jones will become the new vice chair of the University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) in September, taking over the role from Matthew White, who will become chair of the organisation.

Rees-Jones, who is director of commercial services at Exeter University, has been a non-executive director on the TUCO board for the past two years.

With more than 24 years' experience in the catering, hospitality and retail industries, Rees-Jones joined the university sector in 2003.

He said: "I am honoured to have been appointed vice chair of the TUCO board and am looking forward to working alongside Matthew, and the rest of the board members, to continue to drive best practice across the industry.

"Over the past few years, TUCO has run a number of innovative campaigns and research projects to benefit not just its members, but the wider foodservice industry. Moving forward we will be working hard to build upon this progression and shape our offering even further to support our members in driving growth for their businesses."

White, incoming chair of TUCO, added: "Since joining the board in 2014 Phil's support and expertise have been instrumental in the advancements we have made, particularly in the numerous research projects conducted.

"As I move into my new function as chair, also in September 2016, I am looking forward to working alongside Phil in the next phase of TUCO's expansion."

White will take over the role of chair from Julie Barker, who will be stepping down after five years.

Barker will remain in her role as director of accommodation and hospitality for the University of Brighton and will continue to sit on the TUCO board.

TUCO is a membership organisation for in-house caterers operating in the higher and further education sectors, working with more than 500 universities and colleges across the UK.

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