Save the Date:  Arena Autumn Event Monday 30 September 2024

By Lorraine, Tuesday 9 July 2024

Arena's Autumn Event 'Leading Foodservice Transformation for A Digital World' takes place on Monday 30 September 2024 from 10am to 4pm. We have an exciting new venue for this event so look out for our announcement next week.

Matt Wood, MD, Lexington Catering to speak at Arena Summer Event

By Lorraine, Thursday 6 June 2024

We are delighted to welcome Matt Wood, Managing Director, Lexington Catering who will be speaking at Arena's Summer event on Friday 12 July 2024 at our brand new venue - Waldorf Hilton London. This event will be the first major gathering of foodservice and hospitality professionals after the general election so DO NOT MISS IT!!

Matthew Wood, MD, Lexington Catering

Since studying Hotel management at the University of New Hampshire, USA, some 30 years ago, Matt has held a number of high-profile operational roles at 5-star hotels and restaurants, inclusive of the Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane and the Harbour Club in Chelsea.

His career in corporate food service started in the early 2000’s and he has held senior operational and strategic management roles with direct responsibility for leading national accounts.  Matt was delighted to be awarded a “Food service Catey” in 2015.

In January 2022 Matt joined Lexington as Managing Director, working with some of the world’s most successful global brands.  Lexington champion sustainable and social value causes, especially around responsible sourcing, use and re-use of ingredients, as well as helping to provide career opportunities and food for those in need in our society.  Lexington Catering is an award-winning contract caterer with a workforce of c.1,400 employees, serving some 10million meals annually and  working across 150 client sites in the UK.  

In June 2024 Matt was promoted to lead parent company Elior’s B&I business, in addition to his ongoing leadership of Lexington - a move which will “unify the exceptional quality and experience of both brands”.

 In recognition of his efforts Matt has been shortlisted for the Foodservice Caterer Award at the 2024 Cateys.