Amanda Pettingill named Tuco vice-chair

Amanda Pettingill, the new vice-chair of the University Caterers Organisation, first joined the board in 2015

The new vice-chair of the University Caterers Organisation (Tuco) has been named as Amanda Pettingill.

Currently serving as catering, hospitality and conferencing director at the University of Nottingham, she has been a member of the Tuco board for the last seven years.

Pettingill has been working in the higher education sector for 14 years, with her current role making her responsible for a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Nottingham’s hotel and conferencing business, as well as managing the institution’s student halls accommodation and catering service.

Pronouncing herself “delighted” with her new appointment, she said that the role would enable her to further support the Tuco board, CEO Mike Haslin, and chair Phil Rees-Jones.

“Phil and I will work closely, utilising our considerable expertise from inside and outside of the sector, to further enhance and develop Tuco’s strategy for the future, alongside our members,” she added.

Rees-Jones said: “Since joining the board in 2015, Amanda’s professionalism and wealth of experience have been an integral part in the growth and the advancements made in our organisation.

“Amanda also made a huge impact in guiding the company through the uncertain Covid period. I am looking forward to working alongside Amanda as we develop the next phase for Tuco and our members.”

Pettingill’s appointment was also welcomed by the Public Sector Catering 100 lobby group. “Absolutely fantastic news for Tuco, moving forward with a great succession plan now confirmed and a very competent pair of hands to assist the awesome [Phil Rees-Jones],” it tweeted.

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