Tim West

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Tim is Chairman of Lexington Catering, which he joined in 2006. The company caters to the directors and staff of blue chip companies in and around London. Turnover has risen to £25m with some 500 employees and 35 clients including banks, law firms, the London Business School, and even a major brewing group. Lexington is regarded as a ‘quality operator’ – and has received accolades such as the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to work with (11th), Investors in People -  Gold Award, Gold Medal at the parade of Chefs at Hotelympia.

 

Tim retains close links with Oxford Brookes where he is a visiting Fellow and was a founder member of the Mentoring Scheme for all final year students through chairing the Alumni of the hotel school. He is also active in the City of London as a Freeman, and a Court assistant in a Livery Company. Tim sits on the Food & Service Management panel for the BHA, chaired the Inspire project for Springboard – setting benchmarks for all placements of youngsters into industry. Tim is Fellow of and on the Nominations committee for the Institute of Hospitality – screening the President, Chief Executive and Council. Tim is also a Patron member of ACE the Association of Catering Excellence.

 

Tim’s early career commenced in banking before he determined to follow a course in Hotel Management .After placements and various roles in hotels and restaurants he progressed in catering management at major London teaching hospitals. This proved a rich environment for all areas of management development. Within 5 years he was acting as District Catering Manager for Guys and its group of hospitals.

 

The next move was to Compass initially as an Area Manager within the City of London with quite a modest patch of business -  progressing – again in 5 years -  to acting as  Regional Manager for 100 high profile accounts – such as the Hurlingham Club, CBI and Institute of Chartered Accountants.

 

After this Tim joined High Table a privately owned caterer in the City of London with a £10m turnover as Operations Director. Four years later, in 1993, and following its acquisition by French group Elior he became Managing Director. His success with the company was recognised in 1998 when Tim was awarded the prestigious Catey Award for Food Service Manager of the Year – a definite career highlight.

By 2000 with sales for High Table at some £60m - a flurry of acquisitions was undertaken with Nelson Hind, Brian Smith and Catering & Allied – combining to form Elior UK .  As Chief Executive this combined group became the the UK’s fourth largest contract caterer with sales of £175m pa.

 

In 2005 Tim determined a change of direction was required and found some of his previous colleagues and an opportunity in Lexington.

 

Tim lives in Kent, has a daughter who works in a City bank, he enjoys food & wine, gardening, and many of the finer things in life!