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Senior team restructure as Vacherin aims to build on record results

Specialist caterer Vacherin has appointed events and hospitality expert Zoe Watts as its new commercial director
03/10/2016

Pictured: Zoe Watts

Specialist caterer Vacherin has appointed events and hospitality expert Zoe Watts as its new commercial director as part of a senior team restructure.

Watts replaces Vacherin co-owner Phil Roker, who becomes MD. Mark Philpott now becomes chairman, while Clive Hetherington remains as executive finance director, having recruited Sam Feenan into the new post of head of finance, purchasing and administration. The company is owned by Philpott, Hetherington and Roker.

Watts will lead all sales, marketing, and internal and external communications at Vacherin and her priority is to gear up for a new era of growth - having seen sales jump at the business by more than one third in the last three years.  

Before joining Vacherin, Watts held senior catering, operations and events positions at venues including the Natural History Museum, the four Tate museums and the Royal Society of Arts.

In March Vacherin reported a 8.8 per cent rise in turnover to more than £15 million - up by 38 per cent in the last three years. 

Zoe Watts said: “I love everything about Vacherin. It’s an honour to be joining a business that is setting a pace that competitors need to match. I can’t wait to get started.”

Phil Roker added: “Zoe completes our new senior team, so this is an exciting time for us. She will ensure we maintain the highest service standards; have best-in-class societal and environmental policies; and enjoy commercial success all at the same time.”


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