The Scottish School Food Awards Advisory Board 2024

The Scottish School Food Awards benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a carefully selected group of experienced specialists from across the foodservice, education, business and technology sectors.

Members include:

Chair: Jayne Jones
Senior Manager, Catering, Cleaning, Commercial Events and Food Strategy Argyll and Bute Council

Responsible for school meals in more than 80 schools across Argyll and Bute, in addition to overseeing cleaning services and events in schools and other council buildings, Jayne is a former national chair of ASSIST FM, the organisation that represents all 32 Scottish local authorities for catering, cleaning and FM services. As a past Food Fund lead for the council during the pandemic response, she was a member of the Scottish Government’s Social Renewal Advisory Board’s Food Circle and is currently on the steering group that was established to end the need for foodbanks in Scotland. Listed as one of the UK Public Sector Catering’s Most Influential People in both 2019, 2020 and 2021, in addition to winning the Public Sector Catey in 2023, Jayne is currently Vice Chair of the UK Public Sector Catering Alliance, a UK Fellow of the Acumen Academy and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh Business School.

Kim Antoniou
Kim Antoniou

Chief Executive/Founder
Auris Tech Ltd

As the founder and CEO of Auris Tech and its flagship app, Fonetti, Kim co-created the Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) engine which was specifically designed to improve child literacy. A tenacious entrepreneur with a proven track record in creating ‘tech for good’, she also co-founded, an award-winning allergen awareness software platform for the foodservice, health and education sectors.
John Edward
John Edward

Head of Operations
Scottish Council on Global Affairs

Previously the Chief Executive of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools, John is a trustee of the Scottish European Educational Trust, a board member of the Association of Governing Boards of Independent Schools and a member of the Commission on School Reform in Scotland. With a career spanning more than two decades across several areas of education and public policy, in February 2023 he took on a new role as Head of Operations at the Scottish Council of Global Affairs.

Margaret Fowler
Margaret Fowler
Commercial Manager for Schools and Business, Scotland
Thomas Franks Ltd

Having worked in the charity sector for over 30 years, Margaret brings with her nearly two decades’ experience in foodservice within independent schools. Bursar of two schools in the east of Scotland for over 14 years, she spent a further four years as financial controller in a large education establishment in the capital. Always keen to ensure that children have access to good quality, nutritious food and are informed and educated about making the right dietary choices, she champions the Thomas Franks ethos of local suppliers, excellent service andstrong community support.

Chris Garside

International Development Director

One of the foodservice sector’s genuine leaders, Chris’s career spans 30 years in various high-level posts throughout the industry. Previously UK & Ireland CEO for Compass Group PLC, he helped to transform the business’s procurement framework, accelerate its digital development, champion diversity and grow its defence, B&I and education divisions. Latterly responsible for a £2.4bn turnover and 80,000 employees, he left in 2020 to join Aramark, where he is now responsible for sales and international business development.
Margaret Gilmour
Margaret Gilmour
Senior Partnerships Manager
Soil Association Scotland

The holder of an MBA in Public Sector Management, Margaret works with the Food for Life Scotland team and is responsible for establishing, developing and supporting positive partnerships and relationships across Scotland’s food system.

With over 40 years’ experience in the public, private, and charity sectors she is an expert in the provision of support services and a strong advocate for ensuring the food we procure and serve across Scotland represents the best value for money.

As a manager within the NHS, local government and now at the Soil Association, Margaret has a strong track record of creating high-performing teams through appraisal, performance management, business coaching and celebration of success, and understands that the latter can only be achieved through the contributions of the whole team.

Wiktoria Grabowska

Operations Manager
Inspire Catering Ltd

Overseeing catering operations across six independent schools in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Wiktoria brings 12 years of experience in managing contact catering sites across various sectors. A keen promoter of nutritious, sustainable foods, she understands the responsibility that all caterers have, especially in schools, to educate new generations and to help them make healthier choices. A champion of women in the industry, she is eager to shine the spotlight on the work that female colleagues deliver every day across the sector.
David Hay
Managing Director
Compass Scotland

Joining Compass Group UK and Ireland in 1998 at the age of 19, David began his career as a hospitality waiter at a prestigious banking client in Edinburgh. Progressing through multiple contracts and roles, he later moved to Compass’s education catering specialist, Chartwells, as the regional manager for Scotland and the North of England, before landing the role of Head of Operations at Chartwells Independent, covering the whole of the UK.

David’s tenure at Compass has included high profile events for then Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and more recently the successful delivery of catering services at COP26. In addition to the completion of a HIT Scotland Scholarship at the world-renowned École Hôtelière de Lausanne, in Switzerland, he also gained a BA (Hons) in Business Management degree at Edinburgh’s Napier University.

Appointed Managing Director of Compass Scotland ahead of the launch of the group’s Scottish brand in late 2020, David brings together education, sports and leisure, healthcare, ESS Energy, and workplace catering businesses.

Ian Holliday
Ian Holliday
Pelican Procurement Services

With over 40 years’ experience in the industry, Ian promotes Pelican’s advanced technological solutions which aim to help hospitality professionals find solutions to challenges around sourcing, pricing, costing, efficiency-driving and time saving. Having spent more than a decade at Pelican Procurement, he now leads the UK team in supporting hotels, restaurants and catering operations at hospitals, independent and state schools, colleges and care homes. Viewing technology as an essential conduit for helping staff and clients to find more time and productivity in their working day, Ian also devotes much of his time to developing and maintaining a consistent spirit of positive mental health throughout the business.

John Murphie
John Murphie

Chief Operating Officer
Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA)

Responsible for the internal organisation of ISBA, John is the main point of contact for the advice and guidance service to schools. Having spent over 30 years in the Royal Navy, retiring in 2007, he has since worked as the Chapter Clerk in Portsmouth Cathedral, managed a Barristers’ Chambers and held the post of bursar in two schools before joining ISBA in 2017.
Raquel Noboa
Raquel Noboa

Founder and CEO
Fifty Shades Greener

Originally from Spain, Raquel moved to Ireland when she was 17 and worked her way up the hospitality career ladder, eventually overseeing properties around the UK and abroad. As Green Manager at a hotel in the west of Ireland she learned how to calculate carbon emissions and in doing so realised she could both manage and reduce them within the workplace. Within just a couple of years the hotel had reduced its energy consumption by around 30%, its waste by 40% and its water consumption by 25%. Establishing Fifty Shades Greener (FSG) in 2017, Raquel now helps schools and businesses to build a carbon-conscious society where every individual is aware of their environmental impact and is able to calculate their own carbon emissions. Through the ‘Building a Greener Future’ schools programme, she aims to help students – some of whom are as young as 14 –to learn how to measure their home and school impact, and how to ultimately achieve carbon neutrality.
Ian Pirrie
Independent Hospitality Education Consultant
After 25 years in the banking industry, Ian entered the hospitality education sector in 2008 with the purchase of the Edinburgh School of Food and Wine. Over the next decade he and his team built the Newliston business into one of the UK’s best-known cookery schools. A staunch advocate of education, he believes in supporting younger generations and is committed to improving the hospitality offering within the school curriculum. Currently chair of Edible Edinburgh, Ian helps to drive the agenda for sustainable business and the use of local produce.

Donald Sloan

The Oxford Cultural Collective

Formerly Head of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University from 2003 to 2017, Donald founded the Oxford Cultural Collective (OCC), an educational platform that brings together a team of academics, chefs, business leaders, broadcasters, writers and journalists. Focusing on gastronomy and hospitality, the OCC aims to tackle inequality and promote positive social change and community regeneration via university partnerships, cultural outreach programmes and the granting of scholarships. A Trustee of the Jane Grigson Trust, a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and an Honorary Fellow of the Council for Hospitality Management Education, Donald also holds an MBA in Higher Education Management.