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ACE Fifty Inspiring Women in Foodservice Celebrated on International Women’s Day 2022

The Association of Catering Excellence (ACE) today hosted a lunch at the Princess of Shoreditch in London, for the 50 inspiring women in the foodservice industry, to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD).

Tracey Fairclough, TAF’s Managing Director, said: “Today was a wonderful way to celebrate International Women’s Day, catering provided by the super talented chef Ruth Hansom and her amazingly talented culinary team.

The Association of Catering Excellence brought together some of the amazingly talented women in hospitality who’ve inspired over the last ten years and will, no doubt, play a significant role in shaping a whole new world of post-pandemic hospitality. I was humbled and proud to have been included on the list of “one of the most inspiring females in foodservices 2022”.

Today’s post pandemic lunch was about raising money for industry charity Hospitality Action, with the menu created by head chef and ACE patron Ruth Hansom, who said: “I’m proud to be Patron of ACE and feel organisations like this have a vital role to play in supporting the industry as we work through these challenging times. Collaboration and networking is key in the face of adversity and there’s no doubt this event will be truly inspirational.”

Sarah Prentice, chairman elect of ACE, said: “I am delighted that in this section of hospitality women play such a prominent role and we are at our highest level ever in the history of the society, which started in 1935 as the Industrial Catering Association. I am proud to be the third female in succession taking on the role of ACE Chair.”

50 Inspiring Women

ACE’s selection criteria included:

  1. impact on the industry,
  2. support to ACE and the industry (during Covid-19) and
  3. career achievements and peer recognition.

The below guests were selected by the ACE board.

  1. Bee Armstrong, Genuine Dining Company
  2. Wendy Bartlett, Bartlett Mitchell
  3. Suzie Boyd, Troika
  4. Niccola Boyd Stevenson, Panache Consultancy
  5. Fiona Boyd-Thorpe, Boyd Thorpe Consultancy
  6. Gaye Bullard, Aramark
  7. Sarah Burgess, KFF
  8. Jessica Clark, BaxterStorey
  9. Linda Cregan, ISS
  10. Lin Dickens, Bartlett Mitchell
  11. Clare Downes, Enhance
  12. Jane Dyer, Stern Consultancy
  13. Jeni Edwards, IJEss Consulting
  14. Ann Elliot, Ann Elliot Hospitality
  15. Tracey Fairclough, TAF Catering Consultancy
  16. Karen Fewell, Digital Blonde
  17. Mary Jane Flanagan, MJ Inspire
  18. Kerry Ford, Chartwells
  19. Morag Freathy, Eurest
  20. Caroline Fry, Thomas Franks
  21. Rebecca Harris, Green & Fortune
  22. Jules Heckman Hughes, Smart Group
  23. Deborah Homshaw, CH&Co
  24. Lisa Jenkins, The Caterer
  25. Lucy Knowles, Holroyd Howe
  26. Sarah Jayne Law, KFF
  27. Sharon Linney, Vacherin
  28. Gemma Lynch, Sodexo
  29. Natalie Mainwaring, BaxterStorey
  30. Sarah Miller, BaxterStorey
  31. Helen Milligan-Smith, Aramark
  32. Danielle Mitchell, Genuine Dining Company
  33. Debra Morrell, Bidfood
  34. Kate Nicholls, UKHospitality
  35. Jules Ogier, Troika
  36. Simona Oproiu, Graysons
  37. Sarah Prentice, Blue Apple
  38. Penny Richards, Caterlink
  39. Diane Rollinson, CH&Co
  40. Jane Sanderson, the Clink
  41. Sara Senior, Restaurant Associates
  42. Wendy Sutherland, consultant
  43. Sue Thompson, Restaurant Associates
  44. Katy Thompson, CH&Co
  45. Jenny Walklate, Enhance
  46. Zoe Watts, Bennett Hay
  47. Jill Whittaker, HIT Training
  48. Janet Wigley, Aramark
  49. Emma Williams, Green and Fortune
  50. Louise Willis, LWPA Solutions

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