Tim West
Chairman
Lexington Catering

Tim realises that there is more to business than just managing your own – there is a responsibility to contribute to the industry at large. Thus Tim is a Fellow of the HCIMA, past Chair of the Food & Service Management panel of the BHA, always a keen supporter of the ECA (now ACE), Springboard the aims of People 1st, and remains closely associated with Oxford Brookes.

In January 2006 Tim joined Lexington – and sees Lexington has great potential. It has a culture of excellence embracing a ‘can do’ culture where everyone is focussed on delivering superb service.

Previously Tim was CEO though in the last year Chairman of Avenance and Elior UK. The business is recognised as a major player, and an industry leader. In 1987 Tim had joined High Table as a Director, with prestige business concentrated in London. In 1991 Elior acquired High Table and soon after Tim became Managing Director. Contracts opened in Leeds and Manchester, business flourished. A proud moment was being awarded a Catey in 1998.

A flurry of acquisitions followed with Nelson Hind, Brian Smith and Catering & Allied all subsequently merged to create Avenance UK.

Tim spent 5 fantastic years with Compass initially as an Operations Manager in the City, working with excellent people, managing superb business – finally acting as Regional Manager.

Prior to contract catering Tim had spent 5 action packed years in the NHS in major teaching hospitals – latterly acting as District Catering Manager for Guys.

Tim started work with Barclays Bank. However he soon undertook an HND in Hotel & Catering at Oxford Brookes.

Tim is a Freeman of the City and a livery man. Other interests include golf and fishing.

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