Arena Executive Committee

Arena is run by industry people for industry people.  Our Executive Members are all successful and respected foodservice and hospitality professionals who believe in the vital role Arena plays in keeping the industry connected.  These passionate individuals invest their valuable time, knowledge and expertise in Arena to ensure that we continue to benefit our members and the wider industry.

Steve Norris

Chairman, Arena

Steve Norris, sales director at Nestlé Professional, is a well-known, liked and respected figure within the foodservice and hospitality industry. His extensive experience and passion spans over 30 years and his impressive foodservice career includes national account manager at Bidvest Foodservice, national account controller, RHM Foodservice, and wholesale controller leading to sales director at Nestlé Professional.

Steve is a long term supporter of Arena and fully understands its role and value within the industry. 

Lorraine Wood

Director, Arena

Lorraine is Arena.  She is a natural networker and knows how to put on a great event!  Her extensive event management expertise and skill is evident at every Arena event.   And having worked in the foodservice and hospitality industry for over 20 years, most notably as director of The Restaurant Show and Head of Events for the Publican Awards, it’s also clear that there aren’t many industry names that Lorraine doesn’t know.  

Andy Kemp

Vice Chairman, Arena

Andy Kemp is group sales director of Bidvest Foodservice and is responsible for all corporate/group accounts.  He is the past Chairman of Arena and has sat on the Executive Committee for 18 years. 

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, a Founder Director of the One and All Foundation and Board member of Springboard UK.

Peter Green

Treasurer, Arena

Peter Green is the managing director of FusionFSM a company specialising in the foodservice market place, providing outsourced sales resources and research services to food manufacturers and suppliers.  Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and prior to FusionFSM had an extensive career in contract catering. He has been in foodservice for 39 years and a member of Arena for 10 years.     

Mark Aylwin

Mark was the managing director of national drinks wholesaler Matthew Clark. Prior to that he was  managing director of Booker Direct with responsibility for the delivered wholesale businesses within Booker, including Chef Direct, Ritter Courivaud and Classic Drinks.

Mark has been in the food industry for over 35 years, with senior roles in Safeway PLC, Musgrave and Blueheath. He has been a member and supporter of Arena for over seven years.

Peter Backman

Peter enlightens his clients about the opportunities in foodservice. He works closely with senior people in operating companies, investors and suppliers.  He has been involved in the foodservice sector for over 30 years. He founded Arena and, together with Naomi Arnold, was the inspiration behind its development.

Matt Collins

Trading Controller Convenience, Wholesale & Foodservice, KP Snacks

Matt is the trading controller for convenience, wholesale & foodservice at KP Snacks. Matt has responsibility for growing and developing these channels through their extensive portfolios of iconic UK brands for all of the family, including McCoy's, Hula Hoops, Pom Bear, KP Nuts, Phileas Fogg and many more. KP is the chosen snack experts, enriching lives every day.

Matt has been in the industry for 17 years, with senior roles in Premier Foods and Tchibo Coffee International Ltd. He has been a member and supporter of Arena for the past nine years.

Oliver Cock

Managing Director, Foodbuy

Oliver is managing director of Foodbuy, a leading food and food related procurement organisation with an annual contracted spend of almost £1 billion.
Oliver was responsible for the creation of the Foodbuy business, which is part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, and has been instrumental in its success to date.  He joined Compass Group back in 2009 as Group Procurement Director where he delivered a whole new approach to global procurement. He then moved into the Compass Group UK & Ireland business in 2011 as Commercial Director, before creating and leading Foodbuy.

Ann Elliott

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Andrew Merrett

Communications Director, CH&Co Group

Andrew Merrett is Marketing & Communications Director for CH&Co Group and he has spent his entire career in the hospitality sector, and particularly in foodservice.  In his early career, Andrew was in operations running a diverse portfolio of businesses before moving into a corporate role heading up food and brand development.  This led ultimately to his first Board role as Corporate Affairs Director for the UK division of a major international caterer.  Andrew joined CH&Co in 2015 and prior to this spent 7 years running his own corporate communications business providing services to a broad range of companies in, or connected to, the hospitality sector.

Coral Rose

Managing Director, Country Range Group

Coral started her foodservice career in 1993 with Watson & Philip (Brakes) and after 10 years with the distributor, moved on to RHM to gain manufacturing experience. Her role before joining Country Range Group in 2010 was as a consultant involved with creating marketing and brand strategies for both brand owners and distributors within foodservice. She took over as managing director for CRG in November 2013.

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