Co-founder and managing director, Andrew Wilson, started his career within the hospitality sector as a trainee manager at the tender age of 19. After twelve months he was politely asked to leave, not because of his failings, but more that he had been thrown into the role without any induction, mentoring, training or support.
For Andrew, it was a hard and valuable life lesson; he learned that a symbiotic culture is absolutely the only way to run a business properly. It enforced in his mind the need to give staff solid training and support. He went to hold many senior positions within the contract catering sector including general manager for business development with Nelson Hind and director of sales and marketing with Avenance, until establishing Wilson Vale in 2002 with his wife, Carolyne Vale.