Today bartlett mitchell announced the appointment of Ian Thomas to it’s board as its new CEO.

Thomas will be responsible for business performance and growth, client retention and the executive team.

Founder Wendy Bartlett will become Executive Chairman and will continue to provide the long-term strategic vision for the company as it continues to grow.

Alongside co-founder Ian Mitchell, Wendy will also focus on team and client relationships, as these are bartlett mitchell’s strengths and foundation of their success.

Thomas is well known to bartlett mitchell, having worked for a niche FM company who partnered with bartlett mitchell bidding for full FM contracts. Prior to working in the FM industry, Ian held a number of roles working for companies within the hospitality sector including Whitbread and Granada, which gives him a unique perspective from both catering and facilities management companies.

Francois Gautreaux, Operational Managing Director and Simon Houston, Sales Managing Director, will now report to Thomas.

Wendy Bartlett, said: “Ian’s experience in FM and catering together with his warm personality makes him a perfect fit. The board and I are thrilled that he will be joining us, bringing his enthusiasm, knowledge and experience to our business. Ian Thomas, Francois and Simon will be a formidable team to deliver sustainable success for the team.”

Ian Thomas added: “bartlett mitchell is a strong business which is demonstrated by delivering double digit growth over the past 18 months. My focus will be to continue this growth, retaining our existing customers and attracting new customers whilst building an even stronger future. The opportunity to build on these solid foundations and take bartlett mitchell forward is a very exciting challenge for the whole team. Our growth has been driven by our innovative approach, in particular the introduction of Perkee Coffee and other sustainable food concepts last year. We’re going to build on this success by working closely with our chef development team, clients and customers.”

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