The Association of Catering Excellence (ACE) has officially unveiled its incoming leader as the current chair steps down from the position.
Sodexo marketing director Gaye Bullard how been announced as ACE’s new leader and is making strides to expand the reach of the association.
Bullard officially took over from Paul Hurren as ACE Chair at ACE Summer Party at ZSL London Zoo, on July 19.
Bullard was vice-chair for the last two years supporting her predecessor Paul Hurren. While she was in this role for two years she a member of the council for seven.
“I’m really excited about taking over as ACE Chair. Paul has done an amazing job, and I am looking forward to building on the foundations that Paul has created by extending our reach to a wider demographic,” said Bullard.
Hurren said: “We’ve had so much fun in the last 2 years and everyone has got behind my main drive of engaging with the next generation. I know Gaye will do an absolutely fantastic job and I encourage her to enjoy every minute as the two years will fly by.”
Gaye takes up the position with immediate effect and is planning to extend the reach of the association.
“We’ll be encouraging smaller organisations to join ACE, and delving a bit deeper into the larger corporates. There are still people within them that don’t even know we exist and they could be getting a lot of value out of our events!”
Gaye will be supported by newly appointed vice-chair, Sue Thompson of Restaurant Associates. Sue has been an active council member for six years, acting on several sub-committees organising events.