By Angela Green, Content Executive: CH&CO appoint new MD of its education business.
Matthew Brown has joined the diverse catering and hospitality business CH&CO as Managing Director for its independent and state education business.
Brown leads a team of over 800 colleagues focused on the continued delivery of good nutritious food for pupils, and cost management and operational excellence for clients. He is also responsible for growth and retention through people development, an innovative food offering, understanding and delivering on client needs, and developing the proposition to unlock new opportunities.
Reflecting on his new role Brown said: “I’m thrilled to have joined CH&CO to lead its education business. I’ve spent a large part of my career in the catering industry, and in particular education catering, and it’s great to be back in an industry I love, working with such dedicated people. Everyone has made me feel incredibly welcome and I thank them for this.
“It can feel like there’s a lot of negative noise around education catering – especially state, but I see opportunity. It’s important that we put our food offering front and centre, bringing innovation and excitement across the client portfolio and developing our reputation for being a trusted partner and a great place to work. The business is full of talented people, committed to doing the best by children and clients, and it’s essential that we nurture them. I want to create an environment in which they feel supported and thrive so together we achieve our goals.”
Brown’s career has seen him work predominantly in senior roles for blue-chip FTSE 30 businesses, including Tesco, which he joined as a graduate recruit, and Whitbread. More recently he was chief sales and marketing officer for a private equity backed facilities management business. He spent a large part of his career with Compass Group, mainly in managing director roles working across workplaces and education, notably heading up the higher education and independent education businesses.