David Bentley, past chairman of the Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI), has announced that he will leave his position as director at the catering consultant the Russell Partnership at the end of September.
David, who has been at the partnership for over 20 years, will be pursuing new challenges and other industry interests, as well as retaining his position on the board of FCSI UK and EAME. David will also continue his support and involvement with various industry bodies, including the Institute of Hospitality, the British Hospitality Association and the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.
"I'm open to offers," said Bentley at the Chaine des Rotissiers dinner with chef Jason Atherton at the Langham Hotel earlier this week.
"I'm taking a long overdue holiday and I have a couple of options on the table, but I would like to use a variety of my skills in my next role. I have a craft background and operational experience. I have obviously developed my business strategy and consultancy skills whilst with the Russell Partnership, but I also have excellent equipment knowledge and it would be fantastic to find something that allows me to combine all these areas in the future."
During his time with the Russell Partnership, Bentley worked in partnerships with brands including the University of East Anglia, English Heritage, the Open University and, most recently, the new Waterside campus development at the University of Northampton.