UK Vending Association also announce new CEO and office location.
Gillian White has been elected as the new President of the UK and Ireland Vending Association (AVA), replacing David Llewellyn who since April has taken on the role of CEO.
In other announcements, the AVA has moved their offices north to Leeds as of the middle of May – triggered by the sale of the previous property in Saunderton – and has also hired a new Marketing & Communications Executive, Nadine Al-Ahmad.
Gillian commented: “I am absolutely delighted to take the role of Chair of the AVA at an exciting time of change for the association. We have a new CE in David, a new office and have already welcomed Nadine to the team as Communications Manager.
Under David’s leadership, the association has a very big agenda of change; everything from member meetings, social activities as well as the crucial role of lobbying for issues that are important to us all. In today’s business context, a strong voice and trade representation, such as that of the AVA, is ever more relevant. I’m delighted, together with the entire board and AVA team, to be part of that future”
David Llewellyn also brings a wealth of vending and business knowledge to his role having been involved in the vending business for over 23 years. He has been involved in all aspects of vending: as a Supplier of Ingredients and Equipment with Nestlé & MultiSnack; as a National Operator through his own company; and also, since 2010, as a Vending Equipment supplier through Seaga Manufacturing Inc.
He said, “I’d like to thank Jonathan Hart for his sterling work at the AVA during some very challenging circumstances and I am looking forward to working with him to create a seamless handover. In taking on this role, it is a great opportunity for me to get more deeply involved with the AVA and its members. It is a time of change – as change is needed – to advance the cause of vending in the UK and the interests of its members. It is an exciting and exhilarating prospect, with a chance to engage with AVA members whilst driving the relevance of the AVA ‘badge’ with End Users and Specifiers.”
The EVA wishes Gillian, David and Nadine all the best in their new roles and looks forward to visiting the team in their new base in due course.
The new contact details of the Association can be found below:
The Automatic Vending Association,
Concept House, Cromwell Office Park, York Road, Wetherby, LEEDS LS22 7SU
Tel: +44 (0) 3300 883 267