FCSI UK draws line under dispute with EAME branch

William Taunton, FCSI worldwide president, Julian Edwards, chair of FCSI UK&I and Martin Rahmann, immediate past president, FCSI EAME

The FCSI UK & Ireland has signed an ‘affiliation agreement’ with the society’s EAME regional chapter, drawing a line under the dispute that saw the UK branch disbanded less than 18 months ago.

The UK arm was “unofficially” welcomed back into the FCSI EAME nine months ago after a new board was voted in, but the inking of the agreement is formal indication that things are getting back to normal.

The agreement was signed in Vienna last weekend by current UK chair Julian Edwards and Martin Rahmann, immediate past president of FCSI EAME.

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“I am delighted that we are now officially back in Europe!” stated Edwards. “And I look forward to collaborating closely with my colleagues in all the local units, to share thoughts, ideas and above all friendship.”

The signing of the agreement came at the end of a three-day conference entitled ‘Food and Hospitality in the Future’ at the Melia Hotel in Vienna.

It was attended by nearly 300 delegates, who were briefed on topics such as quality standards for management consultants and food heritage management.

Local chapters from within EAME also shared details on key projects, member initiatives and best practice.

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