Professional members of the FCSI UK & Ireland are being asked to cast their vote for a new chairperson as the division looks to resurrect itself under new a leadership team.
Two candidates have put themselves forward for the role – Julian Edwards of GY5 and Radford Chancellor of Radford Chancellor Associates – and members must decide who they want to take the helm.
The FCSI has given members until Monday next week to have their say ahead of the next professional members meeting that is scheduled for 23 August. It is thought that the chosen candidate will be announced at the meeting.
In his mission statement, Mr Edwards (below) said his vision for the FCSI is primarily based on what he has been doing for several years- setting standards in foodservice operations and design consulting.
“We currently work in trying times where unsuspecting clients opt for the cheapest unregulated consultants. It is therefore high time the FCSI attained the highest profiles in each sector of the hospitality and foodservice market and made it essential to only use an FCSI consultant to ensure transparency and integrity,” he stated.
Mr Chancellor (below right) said in his statement that he is standing for chair as he is passionate about the role that the FCSI plays in the catering industry and is keen to break the image that some have of the FCSI UK division as an ‘old boys’ network’.
“It is clear from the feedback I am getting from EAME and worldwide that they miss us and want us back as a strong chapter. I am keen to ensure professional members get a great deal from their membership and lots of business opportunities, and that allied members get ‘value for money’ and a fairer membership structure,” he stated.
The UK division of the FCSI has been without a chairman and executive board since the start of the year when the existing leadership team initiated their withdrawal from the society.