Our Team

GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM BETTER

Eurest is a diverse business with a broad range of clients. We look after clients who have multiple sites across the UK and Ireland as well as clients who have one site (large or small).

Jason Trotman

Executive Chef

Jason joined Compass Group UK & Ireland in 2004 as Executive Chef, providing hospitality to 2,000 employees on-site for one of our clients, a large telecommunications company. In 2010, he joined Compass’s Business Excellence division as a Development Chef and was involved in delivering sales presentations and mobilising new contract wins. After a successful two years with Business Excellence, Jason became Group Executive Chef, looking after the food operation in fifteen sites across the UK, for a large energy company.

It was during this time that Jason joined the Compass culinary team, winning gold and silver at the Birmingham Hospitality Show and Hotelympia. In 2012, Jason competed at the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt Germany, winning a silver medal; in 2013 he was a finalist in the Senior Chef of the Year competition; and in 2014, Jason was asked to join the English Culinary team at Hotelympia, going on to gain a silver medal in the Team Buffet class. Competing again in 2016 as part of the Compass buffet team, he gained another silver medal.

In 2015 Jason became Executive Chef for the National Channel within Eurest. As part of this role, Jason is passionate about motivating chef teams to deliver fantastic and consistent food across the Eurest business. And he’s proud to lead a National Chef’s forum, creating a network that promotes talent and innovation across all of Eurest.

Read more about Jason’s career in his interview with Compass Group UK & Ireland.

Morag Freathy

Managing Director

As the former director of our Eurest Local business, Morag knows exactly what it takes to run a first-class workplace foodservice company. After a year out heading up a retail brand for Prezzo, Morag has been tempted back to lead Eurest, and brings that high street insight and acumen to the role.

Morag’s passion for excellence is clear in her strategy for continuous enhancement of our offer and service. With fairly priced menus that embrace the latest food trends together with classic favourites, we can appeal to the widest possible demographic. This is complemented with staff training and accreditation to ensure that the outstanding customer feedback on service quality continues. 

“My vision is to create a strong team that will consistently focus on the client and customer experience, to drive innovation and standards in your restaurants and cafes, whilst continuing to build honest and open partnership with our clients.”  

Kerry Crompton-Harris

Head of HR

Kerry started her career in Operational Management, leading the delivery of soft service solutions into various industries. But she had always been interested in people — recruiting the best, developing their skills and retaining the talent — so her career naturally progressed into the specialism of Human Resources. Initially working in recruitment and HSE, Kerry developed her skills into more generalist areas, such as Employee Relations and Employment Law.

Because of its diverse nature and well-established brand within the outsourcing marketplace, Compass Group UK & Ireland was always an employer of choice for Kerry. So when the right opportunity came along, she was pleased to accept a role within Eurest.  

As Head of HR, Kerry is now on the Regional Executive committee and has responsibility for the delivery and support of people-focused initiatives and strategic direction. The role gives her everything she needs for job satisfaction — people, pace, culture, diversity and endless opportunities.
  
“I’m a relationship builder — knowledgeable in my specialism, motivated and analytical.
I always like to take an operational viewpoint while supporting the people strategies of the business."

Matthew Lockton

Director of Business Development

Matthew’s career in hospitality started in the licensed retail sector (washing up in his local pub). And he moved into kitchen and pub management while studying for his degree in Hospitality Business Management. Matthew joined Compass Group UK & Ireland in September 2011. 

In May 2013 he joined Chartwells, the education catering side of Compass Group UK & Ireland. Then, wanting the challenge of working in a new sector, he joined Eurest in October 2015.

Working in Business Development, Matthew’s role is to develop and grow Eurest’s business —gaining new contracts by creating tailored solutions for clients.

“I’m a passionate sales professional with a track record of delivering significant sales growth in existing and developing markets. With a meticulous eye for detail and a background in operations, I ensure proposed solutions are practical and achievable.”


Andrew Bayliss

Head of Customer Experience

Andrew started his career with Sutcliffe Catering, where he managed several high-profile contracts across Wales and the West. From there, his passion for great food and service took him into a specialist role, heading up the UK ‘Energy Team’ at Compass Group UK & Ireland.

Today, Andrew is Head of Customer Experience here at Eurest. In this role, Andrew and his team develop the tools and training that our unit teams need to produce great food and deliver a fantastic customer experience. In doing this, Andrew and his team support and drive growth, through consistency and service excellence, across more than 1,500 sites.

“I’m passionate about great food, obsessive about service. I’m not afraid to work hard to deliver success. And, no matter what, I always have the interests of my team at heart, and take every opportunity to help them develop —after all, success for them is success for me.”

Hannah Schofield

Finance Director

Hannah’s head for figures lead her to a graduate opportunity with Deloitte, and a full training in accountancy. During this time, she seized every opportunity to get as wide a range of experience as possible — undertaking placements that spanned the service, financial services and manufacturing industry.

From there, Hannah joined Compass Group to manage the central Management Accounting Team. This was swiftly followed by finance business partnering roles in Medirest and 14forty, culminating in the role of UK Analyst for Business & Industry. 

Always on the lookout for her next challenge, Hannah recently stepped into the position of Finance Director with Eurest, eager to work in such an exciting, fast-paced and successful business.
 
Describing herself as a driven person who likes to make sure goals are achieved, Hannah enjoys working closely with Managing Director Ollie Baker to develop Eurest’s longer-term strategy and plans whilst overseeing the numbers!