The Scottish School Food Awards Advisory Board 2023
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.
Chair: Jayne JonesSenior 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.
Auris Tech Ltd
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 FowlerCommercial 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.
International Development Director
Margaret GilmourSenior 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.
Inspire Catering Ltd
David HayManaging Director
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.
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA)
Founder and CEO
Fifty Shades Greener
Ian PirrieIndependent Hospitality Education Consultant
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.