Lifetime achievement award for Brookwood’s founding partners

Founding partners of the Brookwood Partnership, Kate Martin and Sue Parfett, received the accolade for services to education catering at FSM Awards

To a standing ovation from colleagues and peers, Kate and Sue collected the award remembering their long-time friend and fellow founder of Brookwood, Graham Sibthorp, by dedicating the win to his memory.

Announcing this year’s winner, the judges commented on how Kate and Sue led Brookwood in achieving numerous firsts during the caterer’s 21-year history. These included being ranked second in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to work for, and the first schools caterer to achieve the top-level 3-star food made good rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Collecting the award, Kate and Sue said: ‘It was an amazing night, lots of emotion, and we were very touched to receive a standing ovation from the room. We are very proud of our achievements over the last 21 years and dedicate this award to our friend, colleague and fellow founder, Graham.’