As some of you may have heard by now, our MD Mark Linehan has announced that he is to leave the organisation, just over five years since he started running what was then a fledgling organisation back in 2010.
SRA Founder and Chair Giles Gibbons has placed on record his thanks to Mark for the huge contribution he has made in helping to put sustainability at the forefront of the hospitality industry and placing responsible dining at the heart of the foodservice sector’s menu. “When Mark took up the reins at the SRA in 2010, we had only just launched, 30 members, and a bag full of ideas,” said Giles.
“Five years on, and Mark has not only overseen a 100 fold increase in the number of our member sites and ensured that our Food Made Good Rating is regarded as the industry gold standard, but he has also helped put sustainability on the menu for all foodservice businesses. We are immensely grateful for all his endeavours and wish him well in his next project”.
Mark says that engaging an increasingly savvy and sustainability minded dining public will be central to the role of his successor, as the SRA looks to further grow the Food Made Good consumer brand.
He added: “After more than five years as Managing Director of the SRA, I have decided now is the right time (for both me and the organisation) to move on to pastures new.
“I am immensely proud of what we have achieved at the SRA in that time, bringing the issues we care about into sharper focus, making sustainability something that no restaurant or food service operator can ignore and creating a movement of like-minded people who want to do business in the right way. And now, as the SRA enters its next phase of development with Food Made Good at the heart of what it does, I believe it is in great shape for my successor.”
The SRA has now actively begun its search for a new leader of the organisation which Mark has helped grow from 50 to almost 6,000 member sites across the UK, as well as extend its reach into sectors, including contract, university and school catering.