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Matthew White awarded MBE in New Year’s Honours List

1st Jan 2022 - 06:00
Matthew White, immediate past chair of The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO)
Matthew White, the immediate past chair of The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) has been awarded an MBE in the Queens New Year’s Honours List ‘for services to the UK public sector catering and hospitality industry’.

Specifically, it honours his work as TUCO chair from 2017 to 2020, have previously been vice-chair from 2013-2017, and for nearly 30 years service at the University of Reading, where he is currently director of campus commerce.

He said in reaction to the announcement: “I am very humbled by this award, as you can imagine. It is certainly going to be a New Year to celebrate!”

Matt was named one of the Top 20 ‘most influential’ people by Public Sector Catering magazine in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and was recently announced as the vice chair of the PSC100 Group that works with the catering associations, major operators and suppliers to drive collaboration in areas of mutual interest.

He said: “I was truly blessed to be the chairman of TUCO, which has been at the heart of my career providing a network with opportunities for all levels of staff from the start of their career to their retirement.”

On his wider industry involvement, he added: “I have been delighted when asked by other sector organisations to assist with judging for awards, or competitions, speak at conferences and to share learning and successes to help grow our wonderful industry along with partners and colleagues.

“It is an honour to work in this public sector wing of the world of catering and hospitality and to fly the flag for industry with real love and true pride.”

Written by
David Foad