Industry stalwart Roger Flanagan is stepping down as managing director of Universal Foodservice Equipment after an incredible 54 years in the industry.
Following a lengthy spell of ill health in 2019, Mr Flanagan has decided it is the right time to give up the daily rigours of running the business, which he first set up in 2001 to import the Baron brand from the Ali Group.
At the end of March 2020, he will officially relinquish the role of MD and hand over the baton to Tony Aris, who is currently sales director at Universal.
Mr Flanagan will continue in the company to work on special projects and marketing and been asked to take on the role of chairman, which he has accepted.
He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my career with all its challenges and many, many highs, too numerous to mention. I will be staying in the company for as long as I am able and they still want me to stay.
“I look forward to my new role and hopefully will provide some continuity and assistance to Tony who is such an experienced professional and very able to drive the company forward.”
Mr Aris will be supported by Universal’s operations manager, Natasha McInerney, who has many years’ experience and vast technical knowledge, and Stacey Locke, who has a dual role within the company as commercial manager and chef trainer.