Compass Group UK & Ireland has appointed Matt Thomas to its executive team as managing director of RA Group.
He starts the role on 4th January 2021, taking over from Alice Woodwark, who is moving on from Compass Group after seven years in senior strategic and management roles.
RA Group is a collection of specialist food and guest services companies, including Restaurant Associates, Rapport, RA Venues and commercial restaurant partnerships including City Social by Jason Atherton.
Thomas joins Compass from WSH, the holding company for brands such as BaxterStorey, Benugo and Searcys, where he has held senior roles for over 10 years – most recently as managing director of Searcys, a collection of restaurants, events and workplace venues, where his brand relaunch included a Champagne School and sustainability accreditation.
Previously, he was managing director, London, for BaxterStorey.
Robin Mills, managing director of Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: “ We look forward to Matt’s leadership and creativity in building RA Group for the future, and his contribution to the future path for Compass Group UK&I.
“I would like to thank Alice Woodwark for her exceptional stewardship of the RA Group and the legacy she leaves of a hugely respected and innovative brand that has become a leader in community social enterprise, sustainability and contemporary food.”
Thomas said: “I admire what the RA Group stands for, its strong heritage and relentless pursuit of excellence. I look forward to meeting the teams, clients and customers, with a view to influencing the future direction and growth of RA Group brands.”
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