Glenn Roberts is the new vice chair of CESA, the Catering Equipment Suppliers Association. His appointment follows the resignation of Steve Elliott, who has had to leave the CESA council due to a change in employment.
“It was very disappointing that Steve had to step down as vice chair, but in Glenn we have a first class replacement,” says Simon Frost, chair of CESA. “Having witnessed his input into CESA as a council member and his active participation in committees, I know that Glenn is the ideal person to undertake the role.”
Roberts joined the CESA council in 2013. He is a foodservice professional of considerable experience – he has been with Gram UK since 2003, and has been managing director since 2008. Since the turn of the year he has been managing director of Hoshizaki Gram UK. Before joining Gram he worked with Oneida International and Lockhart Catering Equipment. Like Simon Frost, he is passionate about the importance of training and was an early graduate of the CFSP accreditation programme. Roberts is also a keen advocate of sustainability.
“Foodservice manufacturers, suppliers and operators need to work together to build a more responsible and sustainable future for the industry,” he says. “By encouraging training, and by sharing our collective knowledge around best practice, we can ensure the success of our marketplace.
“CESA is the voice of the catering equipment industry. It’s a fantastic entity, not only to communicate these messages but also to influence legislators and implement initiatives that will help us achieve our goals. I look forward to this exciting new role and I’d like to thank everyone for the support I have already received.”
Simon Frost adds, “As well as warmly welcoming Glenn to his new role, I would like to take this opportunity to record my sincere thanks to Steve Elliott for his active input and achievements whilst he was my vice chair. The council hopes that he will be able to continue to work with CESA on the proposed development of the association’s educational resources.”