A ‘unique opportunity to shape the foodservice equipment industry’

FEA recruiting new Chief Executive – Keith Warren to retire

The Foodservice Equipment Association, FEA, is recruiting to replace Keith Warren, the association’s chief executive, who is stepping down after 21 years at the helm. It’s expected that the new CE will start in April 2023, with Keith working alongside them, part-time, for up to 12 months.

“This is an opportunity for a committed individual to shape the future of the foodservice equipment industry,” says Paul Anderson, FEA’s chair.  “FEA has many key channels of influence outside of its core role for UK businesses, including direct links to government, and influences the industry on a European and global scale.”  The CE’s role involves working directly with, and linking together, key influencers such as government and legislators, manufacturers and suppliers, and foodservice operators, in the UK and overseas.

FEA’s 190+ member companies cover the breadth of the sector’s £1.5bn supply chain, including equipment manufacturers and importers, kitchen design houses, dealers and service companies.

“We are an open, friendly, and inclusive trade association with a committed and engaged membership,” says Anderson.  “The new CE can draw on the significant engagement and support of our members as they get into their new role.”

Keith is one of the most respected and liked figures in the foodservice industry and his replacement will have big shoes to fill.  Under his guidance FEA has grown to be the largest foodservice equipment association, the independent voice representing the majority of the equipment companies that supply and service the HoReCa industry.  The association’s influence has increased significantly, too, with its key people regularly talking to legislators and advising on areas as diverse as trade agreements, sustainability and standards.

As well as shaping and leading industry thinking, the CE role includes giving direction and support to FEA members by addressing strategic challenges such as the drive for net zero carbon.  The CE is supported by a highly professional, well-structured secretariat and established external service providers.

FEA is offering an attractive package commensurate with this important position and our partnered consultant, Tom Ewen at Berwick Partners, is on hand to talk in strict confidence about the role.

All applications and accompanying C.V. should be presented to Berwick Partners.  For more information and contact details please visit www.berwickpartners.co.uk/87803.

If you are interested in finding out more about the role and ambition for the FEA in the future, please contact Tom Ewen by email at thomas.ewen@berwickpartners.co.uk  The closing date for applications is Sunday 22nd January 2022.