Former Greggs retail head takes on contract catering management post

Helen Milligan-Smith, managing director, Aramark UK Onshore

Aramark Northern Europe has appointed Helen Milligan-Smith as managing director of Aramark UK Onshore.

Her tenure officially began today following the departure of predecessor Lawrence Shirazian before Christmas.

Ms Milligan-Smith rose to sector prominence as a finalist of The Apprentice in 2011, after which she took on the role of head of retail at Greggs UK.

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She has since delivered growth and operational leadership in Brakes/Sysco – dealing with both partners/suppliers and competitors in the contract catering and foodservice industry, while simultaneously delivering commercial impact for her business.

She joins Aramark UK from her role as head of M&S Simply Foods, taking charge of Aramark’s operational growth and innovation strategy for all UK markets.

She said: “I was really impressed with [Aramark’s] growth agenda, their innovation, and the business aspirations for the year ahead. We know the consumer and industry has changed immensely in the last 12 months, and I look forward to bringing my foodservice and food retail perspective to lead the next phase of the company’s UK growth.”

Frank Gleeson, CEO of Aramark Northern Europe, said: “This is an excellent appointment for our UK business, as well as Northern Europe overall. We’re not just excited about the skillset, expertise and experience that Helen will bring, but the character and personality we know will galvanise our entire business for the year ahead.

“She is a dynamic, and people-focused leader, who gets culture, who delivers growth, who drives innovation, and who notably brings a wealth of experience in organisational strategy. We look forward to what she will bring to our people, our clients, our customers, and indeed the whole industry going forward.”

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