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12th April 2021

Craft Guild of Chefs unveils 2021 committee and four new management positions

Written by: Edward Waddell
At the 2021 Craft Guild of Chefs AGM, newly appointed chairman Matt Owens announced four newly created positions across wellness, youth, social media and member benefits.

Each of the new roles represent the growing needs of the Guild’s members and have been created to strengthen the Guild’s status as the UK’s leading chef organisation.

There was heightened interested in positions this year, with multiple nominations put forward for several categories. Wellness Ambassador was secured by chef Andy Aston and Young Chef Ambassador by senior sous chef Amber Francis.

Owens commented: “I’m delighted one of my first tasks as chair has been to expand the committee team and bring in new support for our members across several new areas.

“Reviewing the past year its clear it is absolutely the right time to add a wellness and young chef ambassador and we couldn’t be more delighted than to welcome Andy, Amber and all of the members to the management team.”

Within the wellness role, Andy plans to further develop the Guild’s wellness culture, ensuring it is positive energetic, mindful, and inclusive. He plans to set up live one to one and groups sessions to embrace and deliver these goals, and will continue to build upon the Guild’s relationship with Kelly’s cause, The Burnt Chefs project, Beyond Food Foundation and mental health charity Beder.

Amber Francis takes on the role of Young Chef Ambassador. Having being involved with the Guild for many years, Amber competed in Young National Chef of the Year 2018 and in the 2016 passed the Craft Guild of Chefs Graduate Awards, taking home the high achiever accolade whilst working at The Ritz. Amber will be supported in the position by Chef Ian Page. 

The new Social Media Co-Ordinator position went to Alison Cullin-Woodcock. A stalwart of the Guild, Alison has been a long-time supporter and prior to this role held the committee position for corporate events and marketing. 

The fourth and final new position was created to support member benefits. The position went to Richard Hunt, executive chef of Wentworth Club. In the last year the Guild has delivered more member benefits than ever before, and Richard has been tasked with continuing and expanding this successful programme.

A total of 14 committee of management positions were announced including a new chair in Matt Owens and a new vice chair in Mark Reynolds. These roles will be assisted by ten members in the support team. The AGM was held virtually for the first time on Sunday 11th April 2021.

Full list of committee management positions – 11th April 2021

Chairman                                           Matt Owens

Vice Chairman                                   Mark Reynolds

Chief Executive                                 Andrew Green

Culinary Academy                             Peter Joyner

Membership and Benefits               Richard Hunt

Social Secretary                                 Connor Godfrey

Social Media Coordinator                 Alison Cullin-Woodcock

Education and Training                    David McKown MBE

Young Chef Ambassador                  Amber Francis

Wellness Ambassador                      Andy Aston

London Division Chairman              Maria Drury

Chairman of Jersey Division            Dave Chalk

Senior Trustee                                   Pauline Tucker

Chairman VP Council                        Steve Scuffell            

Support Team

Education                                           David Foskett MBE

Education                                           Ian Jaundoo

Education                                           Lee Allsup

Education                                           Alan Paton

Education                                           Francois Ginther

Education                                          Steve Smith

Culinary Academy                             Fergus Martin

Culinary Academy                             Phil Dixon

Culinary Academy                             Ian Sneddon

Culinary Academy                             Allan Hodnett

Young Chef Ambassador                  Ian Page