Matthew White, who is currently Director of Catering, Hotel & Conference Services at The University of Reading, will be taking up the position from September 2016.
White moves into his new position after being a Director of TUCO for three years and holding the role of Vice-Chair for the past two years.
Current Chair, Julie Barker, will be stepping down after five years of overseeing the Board management and being the public face for the Organisation during a time of immense change and growth in TUCO’s voice and platform across the university catering sector, and wider Industry. She remains in her role as Director of Accommodation & Hospitality for The University of Brighton and will continue to sit on the TUCO’ Board
Speaking about his role, Matthew White, commented: “TUCO is at an incredibly important point in its progression and I am enormously excited by the next phase of its development, and the work that the Board will be undertaking in the next few years to build on the momentum secured to date.
“Julie has been a powerful force alongside the TUCO Board in evoking change and I would like to personally thank her for everything that she has done over the past five years. She has been instrumental in the growth of TUCO and the developments to transform and modernise the Organisation to offer genuine value to our members, as well as taking our unique procurement frameworks – which represent incredible value – and offer these to the broader public sector.
“TUCO members are some of the most talented caterers in the country providing for diverse and multi-faceted needs across international audiences. They are right at the forefront of trends and insights into the future of foodservice, working with the consumers of tomorrow. Together with the Board, I will be working tirelessly to advance the learning and development of catering and hospitality teams in line with emerging trends and changes.”