OUR PEOPLE

With over twenty years experience managing catering in the independent education sector, Palmer & Howells has the right formula to establish a successful and long term partnership with you. We strive to meet your needs on a daily basis through a simply structured but effective management system.

“Team development along with individual training plans, play a major part in the overall approach to continuous improvement and an open style of management”

“Team development along with individual training plans, play a major part in the overall approach to continuous improvement and an open style of management”

We will always work closely with you to maintain good quality, wholesome, nutritious and above all relevant catering; provided in a friendly and efficient environment with the interests of the pupils and parents at the core.

We always ensure that every school or college is appointed a person who is responsible for the day–to–day catering operations. Our Operations Team take overall responsibility for all our contracts and are often found in the kitchen keeping an ever watchful eye on quality and standards.

We will always work closely with you to maintain good quality, wholesome, nutritious and above all relevant catering; provided in a friendly and efficient environment with the interests of the pupils and parents at the core.

We always ensure that every school or college is appointed a person who is responsible for the day–to–day catering operations. Stephen Drane (Operations Director) and his Operations Team and Managers, Sally Wildman and Mike Berry, take overall responsibility for all our contracts and are often found in the kitchen keeping an ever watchful eye on operations and standards.

Our Teams

Senior Executive Team

Ben Wood

Chief Operating Officer

A wealth of experience in all aspects of food service, Ben has gained extensive operational, business and leadership experience and qualifications within the industry.
He engages with our key stakeholders to ensure that the needs of our customers and clients are met, assuring quality and high standards at all times.

Jason Carter

Chief Business Development Officer

From his time in the Royal Navy through to the present day, Jason has extensive catering industry experience. From operations to Board level, Jason has worked in many sectors including Business & Industry, Private and Public Education and Events.
Jason is responsible for the overall management of our strategic and operational customer relationship activities.

Kevin Howells

Founder and Director

As one of the founders of Palmer & Howells, Kevin is a leading light in the UK Independent School market.
His knowledge of the industry is unrivalled and is a huge asset to all of our contracts, presently and in the future.

Tim Wilson

Finance Director

Tim oversees and directs the financial operations of the business, developing and implementing commercial strategies.
His financial career covers many areas of industry with the last couple of decades in Education Catering. His attention to detail and keen eye for numbers means that Palmer & Howells is in a great position to move on to our next chapter.

Stephen Drane

Operations Director

“Supporting the team is essential to the success of your food service, and it’s a job I relish.”
Stephen’s blend of operational knowledge and awareness of the clients’ needs are the perfect blend for looking after our operational activities.

Food Operations Team

Edward Wright

Head of Food

Edward Wright, Head of Food leads food development across our business and has responsibility for food standards. With extensive knowledge and significant experience in independent school catering, with a finger on the pulse of current food trends, he specialises in food innovation, recipe creation and menu building to ensure that we offer delicious, healthy food throughout our venues.

Paul Smith

Executive Chef

Once you have met Paul you never forget him (In a good way of course). Think of the most charismatic TV chef and then add a sprinkle of pure likeability, that is Paul in a nutshell. Renowned in our business Paul has worked in some of the largest catering businesses in the UK. He has a real passion for food, nurturing those around him and inspiring with his creativity and penchant for local fresh seasonal produce.

James Wronski

Development Chef

James Wronski, our Development Chef, works alongside both Paul and Ed. James’ passion comes out in his food and also rubs off on the many chefs he has trained and developed in our business and Chef’s Academy. A natural mentor, he has guided some fantastic chefs into being part of our team.

Sally Wildman

Operations Manager

Sally’s attention to detail and keen eye are what set her apart from other Operations professionals. She has a wealth of operations experience and has been working In the Independent Schools market for many years.

Michael Berry

Operations Manager

With vast experience in the Independent School sector for many years Mike looks after our top performing schools. He has been at the forefront of our continual change programme within the business. This has maintained our excellent retention rate and delivers fantastic results for our business and clients alike.