Sue Thompson has officially taken over from Gaye Bullard as ACE chair. She has been vice chair for two years and a member of the council for seven. Her new role as client services director for BaxterStorey was also announced in the same week.
“Starting a new job as well as becoming chair of ACE could have been an interesting challenge, but BaxterStorey is supportive of my involvement, and I believe the two roles complement each other very well,” she said.
“I’m excited to be taking the reins from Gaye, as she has set the scene for the next generation to join in with the future of ACE. One of our biggest challenges is raising awareness among this group of the events that we run, and the benefits of networking face to face. Having younger members on the board will really help us to engage with their peers.”
Bullard added: “I’m delighted to be handing stewardship of ACE over to Sue, who is highly regarded in the industry. She is a true foodie at heart and has a wide network of connections built up over the years that will be a huge benefit to ACE.”
Thompson will be supported by a newly-appointed vice-chair, Sarah Prentice of Blue Apple. She has been an active council member for three years, acting on several sub-committees that organise events such as the ACE Quiz.