Social Pantry Appoints New Non-Executive Chair

Monday. May 15, 2023 / Simon Hill

Events and workplace caterer Social Pantry has appointed former Casual Dining Group CEO James Spragg as non-executive chairman. James Spragg will work with Social Pantry’s CEO and founder Alex Head to accelerate the growth of the business, while maintaining its core values of sustainable catering and the hiring of ex-offenders.

James Spragg, who was CEO of Bella Italia, CafĂ© Rouge, and Las Iguanas owner Casual Dining Group for six years, said: “I am delighted to join such a progressive company that is growing fast. Social Pantry is at an exciting point in its growth journey, with plans to achieve its B-Corp accreditation and a partnership with [food waste app] Olio now under its belt. I look forward to working together to deliver on its next phase of development”.

Alex Head added: “With a background growing some of the UK’s leading restaurants and hospitality brands, James is well placed to take Social Pantry to the next level. I could not be happier to begin working with him and look forward to unleashing exciting growth across our event and workplace catering.” Social Pantry was launched in 2011, initially focusing on event catering and later expanding into workplace dining.

Simon Hill, Hill Coates Associates’ Managing Consultant, said “We really enjoyed working on this assignment with Alex Head and Holly Jack and Lisa Boden Shah of Edition Capital as well as James Spragg and our other excellent candidates, with much thanks to them all for their cooperation and engagement. We wish the whole Social Pantry team much continued success and growth”.


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