Compass Group UK and Ireland has announced the appointment of Matt Thomas to its executive team as MD of RA Group on 4 January 2021.
RA Group is a collection of specialist food and guest services companies and includes Restaurant Associates, Rapport, RA Venues and commercial restaurant partnerships including City Social by Jason Atherton.
Thomas joins Compass from WSH, the holding company for brands such as BaxterStorey, Benugo and Searcys, where he has held senior roles for more than a decade. Most recently he was MD of Searcys, a collection of restaurants, events and workplace venues, where his brand relaunch included a Champagne School and sustainability accreditation.
Previously, he was also MD London for BaxterStorey, the UK’s largest independent food service provider.
Thomas is to take over from Alice Woodwark who is moving on from Compass Group after seven years with the company in senior strategic and management roles.
Robin Mills, MD, Compass Group UK and Ireland, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Matt and are excited about what lies ahead. We look forward to Matt’s leadership and creativity in building RA Group for the future, and his contribution to the future path for Compass Group UK&I.
“I would like to thank Alice Woodwark for her exceptional stewardship of the RA Group and the legacy she leaves of a hugely respected and innovative brand that has become a leader in community social enterprise, sustainability and contemporary food. Alice has also led with compassion through this challenging year, spearheading innovation that lays the foundation for strong future growth.”
Thomas added: “I am delighted to be joining the Compass Group UK and Ireland leadership team, at the helm of the RA Group. Their collective enthusiasm for what they do and their desire to think differently is nothing short of inspirational.
“I admire what the RA Group stands for, its strong heritage and relentless pursuit of excellence. I look forward to meeting the teams, clients and customers, with a view to influencing the future direction and growth of RA Group brands.”