Rational expands senior team but search for new UK boss ongoing

Colin Parry, national sales director and Ian Leadbetter, national corporate chef

Rational has begun the year by confirming two key appointments to its senior management team – but said it is still undertaking a search for a new UK managing director.

Colin Parry has been named national sales director and will be responsible for the UK and Ireland sales operation in what is a newly-created role.

Regional sales directors will report directly to Mr Parry, who has 30 years’ experience in the catering industry.

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Having worked and trained as a chef initially he has studied business management at Thames Valley University and owned a successful award-winning restaurant.

He has been employed at Rational for nine years, starting as a regional sales manager and following promotions became a regional sales director.

He has led many strategic initiatives for Rational customers and seen positive impact in multiple business areas, reducing costs, increasing revenue, and improving overall performance and standards.

Meanwhile, Ian Leadbetter has been appointed national corporate chef and will be responsible for the management of the team of regional corporate chefs.

In addition to culinary support, his role includes creating and delivering training programmes, key account development and supporting exhibitions.

Mr Leaadbetter has 20 years’ chef experience working in hotels and restaurants with multiple AA Rosettes.

He joined Rational five years ago as regional sales manager, followed by a promotion to senior sales position.

Previously, he worked for an independent pub company as head chef, with promotions to exec chef running four sites and operations director.

Previous roles included sous chef at Harvey Nichols, Manchester and Pastry Chef at 60 Hope Street Restaurant in Liverpool.

Rational is still looking to find a replacement for its former managing director Simon Lohse, who left the business back in July to run the brand’s North American operations.

Finance and administration director, Michael Keeley, is currently serving as interim managing director.

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