Tevin Tobun, chief executive at GV Group (Gate Ventures), has been appointed to the committee of Arena – the leading hospitality industry networking association.
An active member of Arena for more than 10 years, Tobun has a long history of developing and supporting businesses which give back to both the sector and the communities they serve.
He has been at the helm of GV Group, which today counts Foodmove, GV Food Transport, Repco and Vengate among its portfolio of brands, since he founded the business in 2001.
GV Group is the holding company behind a number of brands offering logistics services to the foodservice sector.
In 2011, Tobun was appointed the chair of Inspirational You, a London-based social enterprise that motivates and empowers young people to become successful leaders, and four years later he launched a scholarship to fund three under-privileged young people to go to university.
Tobun will help support the strategic direction of the organisation in his new role as an Arena committee member.
His appointment further underpins Arena’s continual evolution to remain as the sector’s leading networking group. Since its launch more than 35 years ago, the organisation has brought together more than 100,000 industry professionals.
Tobun said: “It is an honour to play a more active role within Arena. Over the last 10 years as a member I’ve benefited from the opportunities to meet and network with my peers.
“So too has the sector, which has reaped the rewards of the idea sharing and contact building that the countless Arena events undoubtedly generate. I look forward to working with my fellow committee members as we take Arena to the next stage in its rich history.”
Steve Norris, Arena chairman, added: “I’m delighted Tevin has joined the committee, he not only brings a wealth of experience to the team, but is passionate about the industry and how we ensure Arena is for the future.”
Recent appointments to the Arena committee include Paul Whiteley, buying director at pubco Greene King, and Tim Adams, director of marketing and corporate sales at Bidfood.