Saturday, 20 August 2022

'Indomitable' businesswoman will be missed

TRIBUTES have been paid to a woman who founded Dunsden industry caterers CH&Co

TRIBUTES have been paid to a woman who founded Dunsden industry caterers CH&Co.

Robyn Jones, who was a judge of the Sue Ryder women of achievement awards, died on Monday after a long illness.

Until very recently, and despite her ill health, Mrs Jones continued to be actively involved in many aspects of the company and the wider industry.

The firm said in a statement that her loss would be felt by many people in CH&Co, the hospitality industry and the wider business community.

Mrs Jones founded Charlton House, as it was then called, in 1991 from the back bedroom of her house.

In the following years, she and her husband Tim, who joined as chairman in 2000, built it up to be one of the largest independent foodservice companies in the UK, with an annual turnover of £120million.

This year, the couple merged their company with Host Catermasters but retained the CH&Co name, with Mr Jones becoming chairman of the new company and his wife remaining as founder.

Mrs Jones won a host of personal accolades throughout her career, including a Catey. In 2011, she was appointed an OBE in the New Year?s Honours list.

She also took an active role in many charities and industry organisations.

Bill Toner, chief executive of CH&Co Group, said: ?Robyn was truly indomitable, never letting anything get in her way.

?Not only did she develop a wonderful company that was well-known for its exacting food, standards and service, she developed a skilled team who have all gained significantly from her leadership. She will be hugely missed.?

Mrs Jones is survived by her husband and their children, Tabitha and Blake.

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