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Bunzl has announced a leadership change at the top of its catering division

Craig Nightingale has outlined his immediate goals after assuming leadership following the retirement of Helen Cockerham.

Craig Nightingale has been announced as the new managing director of Bunzl's Catering & Hospitality Division, which includes Bunzl Catering Supplies, Lockhart Catering Equipment, Tri-Star Packaging Supplies, Aggora, and Enviropack.

Mr. Nightingale succeeds Helen Cockerham, who retired earlier this year, and brings over 30 years of experience to the role.

He has spent the past two decades at Bunzl, joining the company from Huhtamaki as European Sales Manager in 2004.

During his time at Bunzl, he has served in various roles within the group, such as Managing Director of Keenpac, Group Managing Director, and most recently, Divisional Managing Director of the Bunzl Retail Division in the UK.

He said: “I worked within the catering and hospitality division for over five years when I first joined Bunzl, and it is a sector that I have a particular love for.

“After being in the role just a matter of weeks, I can honestly say it is fantastic to be back and I can’t wait to work alongside the leadership team and re-engage with some of our major customers.

“I worked with Helen for many years and we have a lot in common including our customer-first mentality, which dictates that we provide a great service to both our customers and suppliers.”

In addition to supporting customers and continuing to grow the division, Mr. Nightingale has several priorities on his agenda, including sustainability and new product innovation.

“Sustainability is key for all customers, so we need to make sure that we are totally aligned with their needs. This is not just from a product perspective, but our entire carbon footprint and we are already making some significant inroads in this direction in tandem with our suppliers.

“In addition, bringing product innovation to the market is imperative – there are a lot of challenges within the hospitality industry and being able to provide a solution and something different that genuinely assists the customer is crucial.”

Mark Lombard, head of Lockhart Catering Equipment emphasised the importance of having someone of Mr. Nightingale's calibre as managing director of the catering and hospitality division.

“Craig brings a wealth of knowledge and experience which will be extremely beneficial for the team as well as our customers,” he said. “I would like to welcome Craig to the role and wish him every success, whilst also thanking Helen for over 30 years of dedicated service to Bunzl and wish her all the best in her retirement.”