New MD for RA Group

Compass Group UK and Ireland recently announced that Matt Thomas will be joining its UK&I executive team as managing director of RA Group on 4th January 2021. RA Group is a collection of specialist food and guest services companies. From prestigious corporate organisations to iconic cultural and heritage venues, it includes Restaurant Associates, Rapport, RA Venues and commercial restaurant partnerships including City Social by Jason Atherton.

Thomas joins Compass from WSH where he has held senior roles for more than a decade. Most recently he was managing director of Searcys, while previously he was managing director, London for BaxterStorey.

Robin Mills, managing director of Compass Group UK and Ireland, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Matt and are excited about what lies ahead. We look forward to Matt’s leadership and creativity in building RA Group for the future, and his contribution to the future path for Compass Group UK&I.”

Thomas added: “I am delighted to be joining the Compass Group UK and Ireland leadership team, at the helm of the RA Group. Their collective enthusiasm for what they do and their desire to think differently is nothing short of inspirational. I admire what the RA Group stands for, its strong heritage and relentless pursuit of excellence.”

He is taking over from Alice Woodwark, who is moving on from Compass Group after seven successful years with the company in senior strategic and management roles.