Palmer & Howells has appointed Jeremy Alderton as its managing director to grow the business and uphold its commitment to creating seasonal school menus featuring fresh and tasty ingredients that have been responsibly sourced from local suppliers.

Jeremy began his career as a chef working in restaurants and five-star hotels where he developed a passion for the hospitality business.

Jeremy has gained valuable expertise as an operator and sales director both in the education and business & industry sectors. Over an eight year period Jeremy successfully led and grew an independent education business.

Ben Wood, chief executive of Palmer & Howells, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jeremy as our new managing director as he brings with him many years’ expertise and an in-depth knowledge of both the independent education and business & industry markets.

“The importance of assembling the right team underscores our commitment to growing and diversifying the Palmers & Howells business. With Jeremy’s wealth of relevant experience, together with the support of a fantastic team, we are excited about the future prospects for the business.”

Palmer & Howells provides catering services for around 20 independent day and boarding schools. It is committed to delivering ‘healthy, delicious and fun’ menus which encourage positive eating patterns and habits that will enhance wellbeing both at school and in future lives.

Commenting on his appointment, Jeremy added: “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to lead the Palmer & Howells business which encapsulates what is important for clients, pupils and adults – appetising, modern and healthy food which is freshly prepared, bursting with flavour and locally and ethically sourced.

“I also share Palmer & Howells’ dedication to highlight the significance of a wholesome and balanced diet which plays such a crucial role in boosting wellbeing during the busy school day and later in adult lives in the workplace and beyond.”