Meet our team

Our management team has over 50 years’ experience working within School Catering. We are dedicated to providing each child a nutritious, balanced meal that will help in the child’s development and education.


Dennis McKenzie

Catering Services Manager

Dennis McKenzie is Catering Services Manager for HES Catering, a role he has enjoyed since joining the company in December 2014. Prior to this, Dennis has worked within the catering industry for past 14 years and his career has included working as both a Finance Manager and Operations Manager in within a variety of sectors from healthcare to banking.

Favourite Food: Anything spicy


James Hughes

Service Operations Manager

James has over 35 years in the catering sector and completed a two year full-time course at catering college in 1982. A qualified and award-winning chef, he has worked in various sectors including hospitality, private healthcare and education. A passion for good food and service saw him progress into management. James was also an integral part of the team that developed one menu and standards for 43 hospitals.

James has always developed strong working relationships with suppliers and key stakeholders and strives to improve our service.


Sesh Reddy

Training & Development Chef

South African-born Sesh studied Catering Management in South Africa for 3 years. As a qualified chef, Sesh moved to London to work at the London Hilton on Park Lane where he honed his skills cooking at a high level. Sesh thereafter spent 16 years working for a pub company. Starting off as Head Chef in a bespoke hotel, Sesh then took a post as a trainer training kitchen team members in pubs, hotels and restaurants across 850 managed businesses. In 2019, Sesh joined the public sector.

I have witnessed the food scene truly evolve over the decades in terms of exciting influences from around the world. With the focus very much on healthy eating together with the climate crisis and our carbon footprint, I am excited to be part of the food evolution especially in school catering.

Favourite Quote “Life doesn’t get easier, you get better.”


Mandy Divall

Area Catering Operations Manager

Mandy has worked for HES Catering for almost 20 years. Mandy started as a casual staff member, then gained a permanent position firstly as a relief supervisor and then as a school based supervisor. Mandy has seen the business move from ‘turkey twizzler’ days to healthy eating. From this experience Mandy is a firm believer that every child should have a healthy lunch.

The role has been rewarding. It has provided a suitable fit for family life whilst evolving into a full career. Being based in a school for 10 years, Mandy acquired a sound knowledge of all areas within the kitchen. This has held Mandy in good standing to take up the role of Area Supervisor for seven years, working together with the area manager to support 23 primary schools. Mandy has taken this experience to move forward in her new role as Area Catering Operations Manager in Aug 2015.


Sherry Smith

Area Catering Operations Manager

Before taking up the role with HES Catering, Sherry worked as a kitchen supervisor at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham for five years. This lead to Sherry taking up the role of a float cook supervisor for Havering 15 years ago. After this, Sherry moved onto Harold Wood, before taking up the mantle of supervisor at Brookside Primary School for nine years. From there, Sherry moved onto Royal Liberty Secondary School as Chef Manager, which included running ‘Hospitality Plus’ which is a buffet service provided throughout the borough.

With all of this experience, Sherry brings excellent knowledge and expertise to her role as Area Catering Operations Manager for the central area.


Benedetta Andreotti

Catering Nutritionist

Benedetta, a registered nutritionist who comes from Italy, developed her love for nutrition from her grandad, a food chemist, who taught her about the importance of healthy eating. Benedetta worked for food companies like Nestlé, where she gained professional experience in developing and reformulating products into healthier alternatives as well as creating menus that satisfy several dietary needs.

Benedetta has strong clinical knowledge of special diets, allergies, intolerances and medical conditions. Working with teenagers and young adults, Benedetta had the opportunity to educate them on healthy eating by delivering ‘Cook Along’ sessions and nutrition webinars.

Benedetta is passionate about creating nutritious recipes in schools and delivering nutrition education programmes to improve children’s dietary habits. Making sure that pupils receive a nutritionally adequate meal is Benedetta’s number one priority, making HES Catering the perfect place for Benedetta in service of our wonderful schools!


Ayshea Kennedy

Commercial Administrator

Ayshea has been with HES Catering for almost 10 years. Starting as a part-time administration assistant, Ayshea worked her way up to Senior Administrator. I manage the Operations Team, working together to ensure that all customer enquiries are dealt with in a friendly and efficient manner.

Prior to her time here at HES Catering, Ayshea worked for Barclays Bank PLC for 20 years gaining experience in various areas of finance.

Outside of work , Ayshea enjoys keeping fit and the outdoors.


The Operations Team

Our friendly administration team led by Ayshea Kennedy is the heartbeat of our service, always happy to help you with your enquiries.