Great people are at the heart of our business – without them we simply couldn’t operate.
Our service is delivered by amazing people who work with care, integrity and diligence to meet the needs of all our guests. Motivated to achieve a service that everyone enjoys and can trust, they are integral members of the school community.
Julia Edmonds | Managing Director, Lexington Independents
Julia defines the Lexington Independents strategy and oversees commercial performance and growth opportunities.
She actively supports Richard and his team in growing the Lexington Independents business and brings in ideas, learnings and innovations from the hugely successful B&I side of the business.
Jon Lilley | Group Development Chef
Jon started out as a chef over twenty years ago and has led the kitchen teams of some of the biggest staff catering sites in London. His experience working across many of our sites created a framework for the innovation and development in his role as Group Development Chef, leading the food team.
Jon ensures we continue to innovate and lead the way when it comes to providing fresh and tasty food to people at work. He works closely with our existing sites and sales team to develop menus and ensure our offer continues to meet each client’s needs.
He has played a huge role in helping the business attract and retain talented chefs, having coached over 20 chefs through his kitchen into more senior roles across Lexington. In addition to inspiring our chefs through organising chef forums, supporting our apprentice programme and managing events, he has also invested a considerable amount of time to drive sustainability across the business.
Dan Rampat | Development Chef
Dan joined Lexington Catering in February 2018, working with the wider chef development team to ensure we deliver a continually fresh offer. He oversees all dishes, menus and food strategy throughout our growing portfolio of cafés and restaurants housed within leading organisations in London and the South East.
He is responsible for developing our Grains&Greens brand and leading some of our street food concepts. He loves cooking with other people and encouraging them to try new flavours and look at things from a different perspective.
After graduating from Westminster College he worked for a prestigious hotel, in Austria, and then Boodle’s Private Members’ Club, in London. It was whilst he was here that he really got a sense of the importance of using fresh, local, produce.
Dan is incredibly passionate about all things food. With a father from Guyana and mother from Austria he has been exposed to a variety of foods and flavours. His father loved cooking so they used to spend lots of time together in the kitchen and it was then that he fell in love with exotic spices and flavours that make the cuisine so unique.
Not only is he bringing his artistic skills but he is helping the wider team get a real sense of what ingredients can be used to create authentic cuisines from around the globe.
Richard Glass | Head of Lexington Independents
Richard has over 30 years of experience of working within the catering industry, across the UK, Ireland and USA. In this time, he has held multiple leadership roles with some of the catering industry’s biggest players - The Restaurant Group PLC, Mitchells & Butlers, Paramount Restaurants and most recently Tesco Hospitality.
Richard brings vast operational experience of managing, and growing, multi-faceted nationwide accounts to Lexington Independents. He takes great professional interest in engaging and developing his teams to achieve success and career progression. It is this passion for people development and sharing in success that plays a pivotal role in growing the Lexington Independents business.
Mandy Davies | Head of Dietetics and Nutrition
Mandy works with Richard and Jon to ensure the menus we provide balanced, healthy and nutritious options across the day. She works closely with our Food Development Team to ensure all healthy eating initiatives are evidence based.
Ben McEwen | Sales Director, Lexington Independents
Ben returned to Lexington towards the end of 2018, joining as Sales Director to lead the team on all business tenders and acquisitions.
He has a wide-range of hospitality experience across a variety of sectors, from corporate, retail and commercial to tech, start-ups, destination and large-scale events. This includes running the catering operation for the world’s press and broadcast at London 2012.
Having previously worked at Lexington as a General Manager, after completing the Graduate Programme, Ben is enjoying being part of the Lexington family again, helping the team to drive growth and continue to embed Lexington’s core values.
Ben also works hard to support emerging talent. Having graduated with a degree in International Hospitality Management in 2008 from Oxford Brooks he now mentors students. He is also a trustee of two charities in the Thames Valley, including No 5 a mental health charity set up to support children and young people.
Murray Tapiki | Development Chef
Murray joined Lexington in 2006 and has been the driving force behind our apprenticeship programme, Lex School of Talent, making it the success it is today.
He has over 20 years’ experience managing food teams, across a range of organisations, to ensure they deliver tasty food and excellent service.
As well as playing a huge role in mobilisation activity, overseeing the work of our teams, Murray is responsible for organising all of our training and development for chefs.
He works with our suppliers and external training providers to ensure our team have the skills they need to be the best.
Murray also organises our activities in local schools to inspire young people to spend time in the kitchen and oversees our work with Chefs Adopt a School.
Jessica Osborn | People Manager, Lexington Independents
With over 10 years’ experience, spanning several industries and sectors, Jessica comes to Lexington with a vast HR understanding. Specialising in employee relations she takes a professional interest in making sure team members are treated fairly across the Lexington business.
Jessica’s passion for all things HR, people and training comes across from the first time you meet her!
Alex Rowe | Development Chef
Alex is responsible for new and existing staff restaurant openings and menu development, with a particular focus on creating new dishes for our award wining Blend range.
As well as supporting all of our sites with the introduction of new concepts and innovation Alex mentors other chefs within the business and helps run our Chef School, which trains ten aspiring chefs every year.
In a career spanning over 20 years, Alex has worked for a range of organisations. He started his chef career working in high profile restaurants and after a few years decided he wanted a change, moving into an organisation where he had more freedom to experiment with ideas and create new concepts.
Alex joined Lexington in 2011. It was clear from the start he was someone who could turn amazing ideas into reality and in 2016 he was promoted to Development Chef.