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Jeremy Alderton

Managing Director

I am the managing director of Independents by Sodexo and I am passionate about the food we serve.

I started out as a chef and I’ve never lost my passion for food. That’s why I head straight for the kitchen when I visit schools and I ensure we work with our chefs to improve their skills and consequently the level of our offer. I was instrumental in arranging for our chefs to be trained at the world-famous École Lenôtre in Paris which has been a major coup.

My own background is in culinary craft. I worked in various hotels and restaurants earlier in my career and, most notably, honed my gastronomy skills in the then five-star Imperial Hotel in Torquay.

I joined Sodexo in 1988 and have worked in business and industry as well as education.

Away from work, family is a key part of my life. I am married to Sarah with three sons and live in Highclere, near Newbury Berkshire. (Home of Downton Abbey).

My favourite things are:

  • All things foodie
  • Walking our dog ‘Dave’ around the local countryside
  • Touring the UK and Europe in our VW Camper

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