Food service provider Aramark Northern Europe has appointed former Apprentice contestant Helen Milligan-Smith as managing director of Aramark UK Onshore.
Milligan-Smith rose to sector prominence as a finalist in the BBC TV’ series The Apprentice in 2011, after which she became head of retail at Greggs UK.
She has since delivered growth and operational leadership in Brakes/Sysco – dealing with both partners/suppliers and competitors in the contract catering and food service industry, while simultaneously delivering commercial impact for the business.
Her tenure begins on 4th January, taking over from Lawrence Shirazian, who is leaving the business this week. She joins Aramark UK from her role as head of M&S Simply Foods (Moto Ltd.) to take charge of Aramark’s operational growth and innovation strategy for all UK markets.
Frank Gleeson, CEO of Aramark Northern Europe, said: “This is an excellent appointment for our UK business, as well as Northern Europe overall. We’re not just excited about the skill set, expertise and experience that Helen will bring, but the character and personality we know will galvanise our entire business for the year ahead. She is a dynamic, and people-focused leader, who gets culture, who delivers growth, who drives innovation, and who notably brings a wealth of experience in organisational strategy.”
Milligan-Smith added: “I couldn’t be happier with the challenge and opportunity ahead with Aramark. I was really impressed with their growth agenda, their innovation, and the business aspirations for the year ahead. We know the consumer and industry has changed immensely in the last 12 months, and I look forward to bringing my food service and food retail perspective to lead the next phase of the company’s UK growth. ”