By Angela Green
Catering News is sponsored by Two Services
Social Pantry has announced the appointment of a new Non-Executive Chairman, James Spragg, who will work closely with CEO and Founder, Alex Head, to accelerate the growth of the business, whilst maintaining its core values across sustainability and ex-offender hiring.
The new appointment comes as Social Pantry’s purpose-led and luxury offering gathers momentum.
From new workplace menus designed to slash food miles, to a renewed commitment to hiring ex-offenders, Social Pantry is continually stepping up its efforts to ensure its social impact develops hand in hand with its growth. Just last month, the company also launched a new partnership with leading food waste app Olio, to redistribute surplus food from workplace catering to local communities and introduced a fleet of electric vehicles to support a reduction in their carbon footprint.
Spragg joins with over 25 years of experience working with public and private equity companies across the hospitality sector.
Prior to joining Social Pantry, Spragg completed a six-year stint at Casual Dining Group, serving as CEO from 2019-2021, where he oversaw 250 UK restaurants including Bella Italia, Café Rouge, and Las Iguanas. In 2018, he also joined premium pub-restaurant group, Cambscuisine, where he’s served as Non-Executive Chairman since 2021.
James Spragg, new Non-Executive Chairman at Social Pantry, said of his appointment: “I am delighted to join such a progressive company that is growing fast. Social Pantry is at an exciting point in its growth journey, with plans to achieve its B-Corp accreditation and a partnership with Olio now under its belt. I look forward to working together to deliver on its next phase of development.”
Alex Head, CEO and Founder of Social Pantry, added: “With a background growing some of the UK’s leading restaurants and hospitality brands, James is uniquely placed to take Social Pantry to the next level. I could not be happier to begin working with him and look forward to unleashing exciting growth across our event and workplace catering.”