Alison Shedlock, Assistant Director Estates and Facilities – Head of Campus Services at the University of Manchester, has won the Public Sector Caterer Award at the 2021 Cateys, which recognises achievement in the hospitality and catering sector.

The Public Sector Caterer Award is awarded to an individual or organisation who has made an outstanding contribution to the cost sector in a trying year. The winner is described as being able to combine innovation with sound financial performance, as well as being able to demonstrate clear achievements.

The Caterer say "The leader of one of the largest university catering and event teams in the north of England, Alison Shedlock has revolutionised the delivery of catering and events by incorporating ethical and sustainable options.

"Her commitment to the environment and sustainability was fundamental to Manchester University being named the world's best university for action taken towards the United Nations' sustainable development goals in the Times Higher Education's impact rankings 2021. With universities from 98 countries taking part, Manchester topped the overall table as well as taking first place for its work on sustainable cities and communities, and responsible consumption and production.

"Shedlock has a passion for sustainability and took a lead role in achieving the Sustainable Restaurant Association's awards on campus: three stars for the catered halls and Greenhouse Café, and two stars for the bistro. The university has a sustainable food policy, and Shedlock is on its sustainability steering group."

The judges commented on Alison's "dedication to customers throughout the difficult times of the pandemic while being mindful of the economic stresses" and "her brave decision-making supported ethical and sustainable options in the industry."

Alison said "I feel extremely honoured to have been awarded the Public Sector Caterer Catey. To be recognised by the industry I love, hospitality, especially after the past year we have had. This award is a career high for me.

“I am proud to lead the University Hospitality and Events team and feel privileged to be able to make a difference not only to our students but to but to our Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability as well.”

“I am absolutely tickled pink.”

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