Exclusive: BaxterStorey owner appoints new HR director

Westbury Street Holdings (WSH), the owner of catering companies such as BaxterStorey and Benugo, has appointed former Centrica HR director Lynne Graham as its new HR chief, Personnel Today can reveal.

In her new role, Graham, who reports directly to WSH chief executive Alastair Storey, has responsibility for the HR, reward and talent development as well as the training and development of 9,000 employees.

Graham, whose most recent role was principal at HR consultancy LG Consulting, has held HR roles at some of the UK’s best known firms, including British Gas owner Centrica, Eurostar, Mothercare and Safeway.

“Each of the Westbury Street Holdings businesses are highly regarded in their sectors and I’m really looking forward to building on the great work already achieved,” she said. “By continuing to nurture a culture that drives engagement and loyalty and which truly demonstrates respect for the contribution people make, I believe the businesses will enjoy even greater future success that everyone can share in.”

Storey added: “Everyone in our business has a critical role to play and we work really hard to deliver professional development and fantastic career opportunities. Attracting and retaining the best people remains one of the biggest challenges our sector faces and I’m delighted that a professional of Lynne’s calibre has chosen to work with us to help ensure our businesses remain employers of choice.”

As well as business and industry caterer BaxterStorey and sandwich bar operator Benugo, WSH owns Caterlink and Holroyd Howe, the education caterers, and Portico, which provides front of house management services.

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